With its proximity to the railway station, West Riding is a popular after-work spot that serves up modest food and an even more modest selection of beers. A recent full refurbishment resulted in a massive improvement and a slight move up the classiness scale.
Once-dingy carpets have been replaced by hardwood floors and the fruit machines have migrated to the back, making for a nice welcoming atmosphere when you walk through the door. Though it’s a Victorian hotel none of the original fittings remain. Arty pictures of Leeds hang on the wall and with lots of seating on different levels it has a very comfortable feel.
The beer is a bit disappointing. There are four casks but only one (Leeds Pale) was on during our visit. In the fridge you’ll find Singha and Peroni and the kegs pour Guinness plus a handful of your garden-variety shitty lagers. The value is fine, at around £3 for a pint, but we were left wishing there was just more to choose from, especially with a Wetherspoon’s right across the street.
What this place does have going for it is a very friendly bar staff plus an internet jukebox, which we always get excited about. And while it does have a beer garden, it faces an alley which is kind of grim. However, if you happen to be a prosecco fan, this is the only place we’ve seen that has it on draught? If you try it, please do let us know!