The second Wetherspoon’s on the quest, The Cuthbert Brodrick is a go-to of ours when we’re looking for Sunday breakfast or a good variety of real ales (or both!). And unlike its counterpart in the railway station, this pub is decidedly un-claustrophobic, with plenty of seating on the ground floor as well as the mezzanine, plus a vast beer garden.
Its location can be a good or bad thing; it offers a great view of Millennium Square and the Civic Hall, but can also get quite crowded, especially when there’s a show on at the O2 Academy just up the hill. The views (and some of the outdoor seating) are also obscured when there’s a stage or market set up in the Square.
Like any Wetherspoon’s, The Cuthbert Brodrick (named after the architect of Leeds’ beautiful Town Hall) shows a true devotion to quality real ales. Local favourites and exciting guests rotate through the 9 hand pumps, and you never know what you might find on a visit (unless you follow them on Twitter, of course). The prices can’t be beat, with pints in the £2-£2.50 range. And on the plus side, from the outside it’s not obviously a Wetherspoon’s, which lends it a more local feel.
The food is reliably Spoon-like, and service always comes with a smile. The Cuthbert Brodrick offers pretty much everything we’re looking for in a chain pub, which is why we find ourselves here with some frequency.