I know, I know. Everyone’s already talking about The Lamb & Flag and we’re a bit late to the party. For those of you not in the know, it’s the latest pub in Leeds Brewery’s empire, in this beautifully refurbished building right next door to Leeds Minster.
The first thing you’ll note on stepping inside The Lamb & Flag is how huge it is. There are two full floors inside with a massive beer garden out the back (looking out onto the Minster) complete with a balcony for the first floor. The first floor can be hired out for events and it’s big enough for things like weddings so I’m guessing that’s what they’re going for.
The décor is that of a modernised traditional pub: it’s shiny and upmarket but it still feels very cosy and welcoming. There are lots of nice little touches, including a faded “Victorian” advert for Leeds Brewery on one of the walls outside.
The beer selection is the same excellent choice we’ve come to expect from Leeds Brewery: 8 casks (including 4 guests) and 6 kegs (some are crafty, some are your usual nonsense). In the fridge we saw Sierra Nevada, Flying Dog, Odell, Beavertown, La Trappe and more.
There’s a full gastropub-style menu on offer too, including a lighter lunch menu during the day.
Basically, we found nothing to complain about at The Lamb & Flag. It has clear intentions of what it wants to be: an upmarket traditional pub catering to the needs of locals and workers alike and we think it achieves those aims perfectly. The only surprise is that Leeds Brewery’s Crowd of Favours is just round the corner, so they might end up competing with themselves.