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Kirkstall Bridge Inn, Kirkstall, Leeds

Bridge Road
Phone: 01132784044
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Will Larter left this review about Kirkstall Bridge Inn

I was here a few days after a photo of the flooded beer garden featured on many news sites, with two drinkers clutching their pints while sitting at benches with water up to their chests. Maybe this put a few prospective customers off, as it was very quiet at the time of my visit, whereas the West End House had been reasonably busy, for a winter Monday afternoon. Of the eight hand pumps available, half featured beers from Kirkstall brewery, the others being from Yorkshire micros. An array of keg fonts from "craft" breweries was also noted. I went in the street level entrance, where the bar is very smart, and didn't explore further (see other reviews below). I had a pleasant visit, with the smell of an open coal fire and the sound of unidentifiable indy music on the sound system accompanying my Grey Hawk Dark Desert Highway (from Copper Dragon's "craft" brewery) in a multi-sensory experience.

Date of visit: 23rd November 2015

On 13th January 2016 - rating: 7
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Real Ale Ray left this review about Kirkstall Bridge Inn

A fine pub and well worth a visit out from the city centre. Our train journey to Headingley only cost a couple of quid each return and then it was a good ten minute walk from the station. We visited here early doors on Friday when the pub opened at 12, so we had a prime spot in the snug, just behind the bar, with its own serving hatch.
There were 8 ales on handpump on our visit, so I went for the Kirkstall Three Swords, which was superb and served in a Kirkstall pint glass. The pub is traditional in style with the downstairs becoming slightly more modern in style.
The upstairs hosted a decorative stained glass panel in the bar side window, which was a nice feature. The pub also has a good reputation for food and tables were starting to fill as we left. Their beer doesn't have to travel far, as the brewery is only a few minutes away on the other side of the bridge.

On 11th May 2015 - rating: 9
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Old Bridge Inn

Formerly the Old Bridge Inn, this pub, with its pleasant riverside location, has been taken over and revamped by the nearby Kirkstall Brewery. The refit has created a pub well worthy of showcasing any brewery and on first viewing it seems that this place has been well worth the wait. You enter into the main bar via a porch decorated with stained glass panes with a prominent rose motif. The room has light wood flooring contrasted by dark wood panels and fixtures. The servery is on the left hand side of the room and boasts an etched glass canopy and bar back in keeping with the traditional feel the pub is trying to capture. There are a few seats opposite, but the room opens out a lot more to the right where you can choose from comfortable benches, standard chairs and low stools around a variety of tables. An attractive stone fireplace dominates the side wall and has a collection of board games next to it, whilst the walls have been decorated with some excellent black and white photos of the pub and brewery as well as an old painting of the original brewery. Sitting under the front windows, I was able to admire the stained glass front pieces, whilst the side windows had etched glasswork attached to them. A massive Bass mirror hangs on the back wall, flanked by some other smaller mirrors and bits of brewerania. From back here, you can access a small snug with a few tables in a space behind the servery. A couple of beer engines have been mounted in the middle of the main room, next to a staircase which leads down to a slightly more modern feeling second bar. This room is decorated with a spectacular amount of brewerania and some comfortable seating options, although there was no ale on the bar on my visit, so punters were making the trip upstairs for their beer.
Kirkstall beers dominated the hand pumps with Pale, Paper Tiger, Generous George and Dissolution IPA available alongside three guest ales – two from Magic Rock – Curious and another I forgot to note – plus Dark Star Hophead. I finally managed to get my hands on a pint of the Dissolution IPA and it was everything I’d hoped it would be. There was an interesting keg range and some unusual bottles as well, but again I forgot to note any specifics as I was too busy exploring the pub.
I think this is a fantastic pub with something to appeal to just about everyone. It’s hit that sweet-spot between traditional and contemporary that so many pubs strive for and so few achieve and I would suggest this is a must visit for locals and well worth seeking out if visiting Leeds.

On 2nd November 2013 - rating: 9
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Old Boots
Headingley, 0.59 miles, 11 min walk (show)
Kirkstall Forge, 1.28 miles, 24 min walk (show)
Burley Park, 1.54 miles, 29 min walk (show)
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13th Jan 2016, 14:27
Review submitted by Will Larter
26th Nov 2015, 17:24
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  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 02 November 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 02 November 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 02 November 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 23 July 2015 by aleand hearty
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 23 July 2015 by aleand hearty
  • Live Music : Yes - Sunday - last updated 23 July 2015 by aleand hearty
  • Pinball : No last updated 02 November 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : No last updated 02 November 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Wednesday - last updated 23 July 2015 by aleand hearty
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 12 September 2013 by David McNally
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 24 August 2015 by aleand hearty
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