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The Bingley Arms, Bardsey - pub details

Address: 37 Church Lane, Bardsey, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS17 9DR [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 38051) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

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Oh my golly gosh - the landord's Indian/Pakistani ! - a very pleasnt bloke, actually. This is presumably why the upstairs restaurant has now turned into a curry house. The beer is decent but not brilliant. The proper British food downstairs was excellent though, and the staff seemed pleasnt and attentive.

Unfortunately this pub has already been discovered by chavs... If you're reading this on a mobile phone or laptop in the downstairs bar it may be politic to head for one of the priestholes...
DerekDrinkforbrains - 27 Jul 2010 00:10
A tad surprised to be the first to get here

Situated in the small village of Bardsey, a mile or so off the main Leeds - Wetherby A road, the Bingley Arms is one of a number of pubs that, with varying degrees of justification, lays claim to being the oldest in Britain.

As you drive through the small village, you suddenly see an impressive and imposing looking Yorkshire stone building with a large car park in front. A sandwich board outside tells us that The Bingley Arms is "one of England's oldest inns dating back to 953 AD.An enamel sign affixed to the wall announces the pub as "England's oldest inn recorded in The Guinness Book of Records". I'll leave you to read all about the pub's history on their own very informative website. Perhaps inevitably, there's various ghostly rumours, about which you may share my scepticism.

A traditional door entrance leads into a low ceilinged, dark beamed, flagstoned bar with several different rooms, with candlesticks on the tables and plenty of old pictures. A traditional olde worlde feel was somewhat marred by the presence of a large TV which had been set up on the table in preparation for the World Cup. Thankfully, it wasn't on during my visit, although a smaller public bar at the side through a small corridor was showing a game during my recent visit, although there was no none watching.

The pub has a good reputation for food, although I noted that the upstairs restaurant "Spice at The Bingley" now only serves Indian food. Pub style meals are served in the main ground floor bar.

On the beer front, Tetleys, Black Sheep and TT Landlord were available. The TT Landlord, at a predictably expensive 3.30p - wasn't particularly good. Perhaps surprisingly, the pub doesn't close in the afternoon.

Worth popping in if passing by, but I don't really think it's worth much of a detour to specifically visit.

JohnBonser - 9 Jul 2010 08:48

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