Sunday, 28 October 2012

Victoria Hotel, Leeds

Pubs change. New pubs open and old pubs close. This is a sad fact of life. There is a pub behind Leeds town hall which bucks the trend. The Victoria Hotel has not changed one jot in the 40 years since I first went in for a pint.

Being close to the courts and the infirmary the Vic was always popular with medics and the legal fraternity. Today it is popular with discerning drinkers from all walks of life. Why? Because it sells a wide range of well kept ales in plush surroundings.

When we were in there were beers from St Austell, Rudgate, Leeds Brewery, Heck and Tetleys from Wolverhampton. The latter when it was brewed in Leeds was being served here in the 70's though it is no longer my "goto" beer.
The decor in the Vic is wonderful - lots of dark wood, leather and brass.. with snug little booths  along the wall opposite the bar.
There is also a dining room, Albert's bar which can be hired for private parties...
...where the decor is equally delicious!
The Vic has all the ingredients and the longevity that go to make it one of the best pubs in the centre of Leeds. I recommend that you find it, go in and sample what it has to offer.
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