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East of Arcadia, Leeds

Pub added by aleand hearty
607 Meanwood Road
Postal town: Leeds
Phone: 01132755488

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Will Larter left this review about East of Arcadia

An astonishing building but I'm not sure it really works as a pub. The wrap-around windows allow lots of light in, so it's never going to be cosy, so whether you like this or not depends whether you prefer stark or hygge. (See my panoramic photo.) On the bar were six hand pumps with regulars in the shape of Timothy Taylor Landlord and Kirkstall Black Band, with four guests (which you can also see in my photos). The friendly bar staff offered me tasters and I settled on Black Sheep Twilighter IPA 3.9%, which was in good condition.

Date of visit: 30th June 2019

On 18th February 2020 - rating: 5
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Old Boots left this review about East of Arcadia

Modern semi-circular bar on the main crossroads of Meanwood, slightly different to most other Market Town Taverns being less traditional. 6 hand pulls and 8 on keg and no Okells for some reason. Like drinking in a goldfish bowl or stunning views of the traffic outside depending on your world view, well kept beer all the same.

On 16th December 2018 - no rating submitted
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david hammill left this review about East of Arcadia

Have been visiting this pub since it first opened. Initially the visits were enjoyable but now feel things have declined since it was taken over by a company in the Isle of Man. The beer quality has taken a turn for the worse and the prices have shot up. On a recent visit I tried a pint of Roosters Yankee and found it virtually undrinkable. At £3.24 a pint it was vastly overpriced. This was most disappointing especially having visited another pub nearby where the beer quality was far superior and not as expensive. Be a long time before I return to the East of Arcadia!

On 9th April 2012 - rating: 4
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aleand hearty left this review about East of Arcadia

Opening in November 2010, East of Arcadia is owned by highly regarded Market Town Taverns. Found in the suburb of Meanwood, the latest area of Leeds to undergo gentrification, it’s the chain’s first ‘new build’ enterprise, sited on the footprint of the long demolished Becketts Arms. Not surprisingly, given the site’s hillside junction setting, the building’s sweeping facade looks impressively dramatic when viewed from end on.

A large open plan interior is roughly crescent shaped, feeling very light and airy due to the high ceilings and the huge plate glass windows making up the exterior wall. The floor space is essentially divided into two. The inner half has laminated flooring and then beyond the balustrades becomes carpeted. Seating is largely a modern take on traditional tables and chairs with the addition of a handful of leather sofas. The modern fittings are of a high standard and have a slight retro feel. As with most MTT venues the walls are lined with good quality beer and drinks posters.

At the business end of things, the L-shaped bar faces the entrance and I have to say I was surprised how small it was in proportion to the size of the room as a whole. My immediate thought was to wonder how it would cope when the place was busy. However, they’ve squeezed on the usual eight hand pumps, some decent continental lagers and Aspall’s Cider. The ales featured on my visit were Landlord, Ilkley ‘Mary Jane’, Elland ‘Nocturne’, Ridgeside ‘Southern Cross’, Leeds Pale, WharfBank ‘100th Brew C’, Roosters ‘YPA’ and Black Sheep Bitter. Quality wise, the four beers I tried were all in excellent nick, with the Nocturne particularly outstanding, as with most dark beers from Elland. Service from the young barmaid was friendly and welcoming. Calling mid-afternoon on a Tuesday the atmosphere was very muted indeed. As one of only four punters in the place, sitting in virtual silence, the place really did feel like a hushed cathedral. However, I’m sure things are very different later in the day and at weekends.

Although I was impressed with the beer quality, I’m not sure I’d make a huge effort to return. It’s undeniably a bit of a schlep from the city centre and for all the space and airiness it does feel vaguely like a cruise liner. However, any potential visitors might want to consider a double header with ‘Alfred’ just across the road (owned by the people behind North Bar), unfortunately closed when I called. Failing that, sister venue ‘Arcadia’, in Headingley, is only a fifteen-minute walk away.

On 11th May 2011 - rating: 7
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