What makes a top-quality Yorkshire pub?
Everyone has their own idea of what makes the perfect pub. However, there are certain things that we all expect from a great pub, especially in an area so steeped in tradition and history like beautiful Yorkshire.
Pubs in Yorkshire can vary, just like anywhere else in the UK, but what are the key ingredients for the perfect, quintessential Yorkshire pub? Here are the three main features to look out for, plus a few extras:
Charm and character
Even with carefully chosen furnishings and the right lighting, character isn’t something you can simply buy. Some of the best pubs in Leeds are those that have either been around for decades, or that are in old buildings. The original features in these historic buildings are what give a Yorkshire pub its centuries-old character, such as those you’ll find in The Stables Pub at Weetwood Hall, which is converted from the original stable block of the 16th Century Manor House. Teamed with modern renovations and sympathetic décor – these features give a pub charm and character in spadefuls.
This one’s obvious, as a Yorkshire pub without a great selection of locally brewed ales and the best of the country’s beers just wouldn’t be the same. It’s all about choice, taste and of course – good value. No one wants to pay a small fortune for a decent pint of ale, unless it’s something just that little bit special.
Hearty, tasty pub food (with locally sourced ingredients a bonus!)
We all like a pint in our local, but tasty pub grub is just a big a part of the appeal of the Great British pub. Traditional staples such as pies, fish and chips, roast dinners and perhaps a few gastropub specials all go down a treat, and if they can be made using locally sourced ingredients from Yorkshire producers, all the better. After all, the county is known for its produce, from Yorkshire pudding to some of the UK’s finest cheeses.
What else do we look for in a Yorkshire pub? There are quite a few ‘bonuses’ that can turn an ordinary pub into the complete package. You don’t need to look much further for all of this than the Staples Pub at Weetwood Hall in Leeds. As well as great food, ale and bags of historic charm, it has two of the most important extras that make the perfect Yorkshire pub – live sports and outdoor space.
Sports fans can enjoy Sky Sports and BT Sports, with all the biggest games and sporting events available to watch in a great atmosphere, while families and kids can eat, drink and play outside in the cobbled courtyard. What’s more, Weetwood Hall is in a beautiful countryside setting just outside Leeds city centre, so pub fans can enjoy scenic views all round instead of the office blocks and concrete you’d find in a typically built-up city centre.