My Leeds Ibis was the one west of centre, bang next to the HQ of my last NHS role. Ah. such happy memories.
Between HEE, DOH, QH and SHA (all actual NHS acronyms) I probably averaged six days a year in Leeds over 20 years, and by the end I’d learnt to
tolerate love the Yorkie accent.
So I feel like I know the place, though I’d never before seen these detachable arms that Premier League players will be wearing from 2020 to avoid VAR-spotted handballs.
But the bars are still a mystery to me.
Here’s a random extract from WhatPub;
Never heard of any of ’em. What’s wrong with proper pub names like Templar, Duck & Drake, the Roscoe and Friends of Ham ?
I’d never been to the Leeds City Museum, either, relying on the Art Gallery for culture.
I love social history museums with ancient packets of custard and ration books.
It’s an entertaining hour in a proper lovely building.
Best of all, there is loads on diversity but NOTHING on Dirty L**ds United FC. Perhaps there’s a display in Beeston’s library.
Not much coverage of pubs, either. Perhaps the full Tetley display can be incorporated into the Wetherspoons Museum in Wolverhampton.
But there’s a little model reminder of what pubs used to be (and the Templar still is).
The Roscoe closed in 1983, a 1983 rather different to mine.
Three pumps, all dispensing Tetley Bitter !
There’s some other good stuff on pubs in our museums, but much of it is focused on pub signs and brewery history.
This little tribute to the Roscoe is a gem.