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Alex Conway left this review about Adelphi
Just over the river out of the main center of town is the large grand Victorian pub the Adelphi. I had wanted to visit here for a while, seeing it in many good beer guides and heritage books for its interior. the pub is very grand with numerous rooms full of tables and chairs and high seelings. one feature i didnt like was the rather cheap synthetic covers over the comfy bench seating that took some of the origional old charm away and made for a very tacky feel. Overall an architecturally very impressive building.
The main bar had five hand pumps with a further two round the smaller side bar in another room. On the smaller bar was Doombar (a regular beer) and one i failed to note. the main bar consisted of Fulllers Olivers island, Thwaites Wainwright, and two from harveston, old engine oil and bitter and twisted as well as another i cant remember, but strangely no local ale for a supposed real ale gem. The Olivers island was very expensive as other have said coming in at £3.75 for a 3.8% beer, very expensive for a Yorkshire city. sadly although kept very fresh this was far to warm and really had the temperature of a beer that had not been cooled in any way, quite disappointing.
Overall a bit of a let down of a pub, I was expecting so much more.There was no one else in on a Wednesday at 4:00 which does not surprise me judging by there cellar skills and pricing policy this really could be a fantastic pub that anyone would be thrilled to visit, sadly it was somewhat a disappointment.
On 10th March 2016
- rating: 7
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Steve C left this review about The Adelphi
The Adelphi is a large Victorian pub that is split into a number of seating areas by ornate partitions and etched glass. To the left of the entrance is a seating area that is served by the bar which is also accessible from the foyer side where there is standing room only. To the right of the entrance is the old “smoking room’ that is now a seating area and to the right and left rear are another two seating areas. In the foyer stairs lead up to a function room that was closed during my recent Friday afternoon visit, but the barman informed us that it is used for overspill on busy Friday and Saturday evenings. Out the back is a small beer yard that has some covered seating for smokers. I didn’t spot any televisions and there was no background music playing.
The bar is stocked with premium draught products and I counted seven hand pumps around the bar. I went for a stout that was on good form, but I remember thinking that it was a bit pricey at £4 for a pint.
This was originally a hotel but apparently the floors above the function room are now derelict.
I liked it in here and would recommend any who hasn’t been to pop in and have a look.
QI: In 1908 the then governor was taken to court for allowing darts to be played in the pub. At the time darts was considered a game of chance and was banned from public houses. The governor requested that a dartboard be set up in the courtroom and he got his best player to throw at the board. It is reported that he hit three twenties, before the governor invited the court officials to have a go. None of them could hit the three twenties and the case was dismissed so darts was allowed to become a popular British sport, which it is still to this day.
On 17th December 2013
- rating: 8
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Adelphi
Crossing Leeds Bridge from North to South of the River Aire, you can't help but spot this imposing granite and brick pub with its impressive curved frontage. The pub dates back to 1901 and was the de-facto brewery tap for Tetley's whose former brewing plant can still be seen a little further down Hunslet Road. You enter through a small porch with glazed tile walls and a mosaic floor, setting the tone for the rest of the pub which retains plenty of original features. The interior is laid out around a central lobby which provides access to the bar and has three rooms leading off it as well as a grand staircase to the rear which takes you up to the first floor function rooms. The lobby area has a terrazzo floor and a spectacular dark wood servery with plenty of intricate glasswork. The main bar can be found in the front left hand room which has a long curved banquette which follows the curved shape of the building under the front windows. A large chandelier hangs above the similarly curved bar counter and there is a lot of original etched glass in both the front window and the partitioning wall at the rear of the room. The other front room is a large lounge with banquette and low stool seating and more excellent etched windows bearing the pub's name. A smart tiled fireplace was lit when we arrived and an unlit one could be found in the rear smoke room which was carpeted and had plenty of comfortable bench and chair seating as well as an attractive decorative frieze running around the room.
Four ales were available at the bar - Taylor Landlord, Leeds Pale and Gathering Storm and Ilkley Norseman. As others have mentioned, the drinks weren't exactly cheap, with the Leeds Pale setting me back £3.40, although I did feel I'd had a bit of a result when others reported the Norseman costing £4.00. It's a shame as it makes the pub feel more like an opportunistic tourist attraction than a proper boozer.
If you are interested in pub history and architecture, this is an essential port of call when in Leeds as it is virtually unrivalled in terms of its grandeur. The high prices might curtail thoughts of a longer session but I'd happily pop back to soak up more of the atmosphere.
On 14th December 2013
- rating: 8
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- Accommodation : No last updated 04 January 2015 by ROB Camra
- Bar Billiards : No last updated 04 January 2015 by ROB Camra
- Beer Festivals : No last updated 04 January 2015 by ROB Camra
- Beer Garden : Yes last updated 04 January 2015 by ROB Camra
- CAMRA Discount : No last updated 04 January 2015 by ROB Camra
- Car Park : No last updated 04 January 2015 by ROB Camra
- Darts : No last updated 04 January 2015 by ROB Camra
- Function Room : Yes - According to Twitter - last updated 21 July 2015 by Dave McNally
- Hot Food : Yes last updated 04 January 2015 by ROB Camra
- Jukebox : No last updated 04 January 2015 by ROB Camra
- Karaoke : No last updated 04 January 2015 by ROB Camra
- Live Music : Yes last updated 04 January 2015 by ROB Camra
- Live TV Sports : No last updated 04 January 2015 by ROB Camra
- Pinball : No last updated 04 January 2015 by ROB Camra
- Pool Table : No last updated 04 January 2015 by ROB Camra
- Quiz Night : Yes - Tuesdays - last updated 23 November 2013 by Bucking Fastard
- Real Ale : Yes last updated 04 January 2015 by ROB Camra
- Real Cider : No last updated 04 January 2015 by ROB Camra
- WiFi : Yes last updated 04 January 2015 by ROB Camra
Last inspected: January 15th 2014