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Submitted on Wednesday, 4th July 2007
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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
[User has posted 2774 recommendations about 2760 pubs]
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
[User has posted 1022 recommendations about 1022 pubs]
Steve of N21 left this review about The Adelphi
A fine example of a preserved Victorian interior and worth a visit for that alone. Fortunately as well there are usually some local ales on the available four pumps and TT Landlord, Ilkley brewery The Norseman and Pale and Storm from the Leeds brewery was the choice for our visit. The Leeds brewery beers were well kept and pleasantly supped in excellent surroundings.
In fact the only thing not right about this place is the pricing policy, as mentioned by others, and £4.00 a pint was even eye watering for a cockney..
On 8th December 2013
- rating: 8
[User has posted 1020 recommendations about 993 pubs]
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- Bar Billiards : No last updated 16 December 2013 by Pub SignMan
- CAMRA Discount : No last updated 23 November 2013 by Bucking Fastard
- Hot Food : Yes last updated 23 November 2013 by Bucking Fastard
- Jukebox : No last updated 16 December 2013 by Pub SignMan
- Pinball : No last updated 16 December 2013 by Pub SignMan
- Pool Table : No last updated 16 December 2013 by Pub SignMan
- Quiz Night : Yes - Tuesdays - last updated 23 November 2013 by Bucking Fastard
- Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally