It’s nearly two weeks since Dick and Dave left the fizzy keg comforts of the US of A for the warm cask and weird banter of our shores, and I’ve only just got round to writing sarcastic comments on the photos from Leeds.
Leeds was a bit of a mammoth crawl, going overnight from “Let’s meet up for a quick pint with Richard and you when I deliver the year’s collection of CAMRA magazines” to an official Beer and Pubs Proper Day Out.
The first stop from the station (A) was a place that probably qualifies as a traditional boozer these days, so fast does Leeds evolve into a northern version of Bermondsey arches.
Here’s the evidence that Leeds was positively Balearic that afternoon, and consequently heaving.
Tapped had outside seating, too.
But real Pub Men and Women melt when it goes above 15 degrees, so the estimable Paul Mudge (top) had bagged us some seats round those high tables we all love. We were joined by the local craft sage and Leon of Menston via Tranmere fame for chat about the 1975 Good Beer Guide and Half Man Half Biscuit*.
As busy as ever, Tapped is what Brewhouse and Kitchen could be with decent design and decent beer.
No idea why I took the photo of the exciting keg fonts, as we all seemed to end up with pints of Great Heck Pale which were tasty but lacking in zing (NBSS 3).
High seats apart, Tapped does a good job and would give Manchester’s Beermoth a run for its money.
Ten minutes, and several expert bits of jaywalking later, we were at Leeds’s version of the British Protection. A first to the Victoria for at least a decade. It hasn’t changed, but I sensed Leeds has.
We found a table next to the bar, and weighed up the competing appeal of “Tetley” and Doom Bar.
Kirkstall won (except with “Tetley Paul”, another pint best summed up as adequate in a staggeringly good but quiet pub.
We should have had the mystery lager…
Oh, well. Next stop was the Templar.
* I haven’t got a clue what we talked about as I took no notes. For all I know we agreed a future pub crawl in Maidenhead.
NB It’s traditional in this sort of report to say “and a good time was had by all our jolly topers !!!!” and tell you the brewer and ABV of beers consumed, but stuff that.