So, here it is. I’m going to share with you my favourite bar/restaurant in Leeds. Pull back the curtains and dah, dah, its East of Arcadia, Meanwood Road, Leeds. Let me tell you about this place.
We found this little jewel randomly. We’d driven past it a few times and it always made us feel like it was one of those places that we needed to visit. Over the years Meanwood has developed into its own little village and East of Arcadia is the jewel.
The selection of beer is totally off the grid. If you want a Stella or San Miguel, then this is not the bar for you. If you want a pint from a Pub Craft brewery, then here you have it. I don’t drink beer but my fiancé does and he’s always happy to try the latest offerings.
The ambiance as soon as you walk in is welcoming and I always feel immediately relaxed. I have frequented here many times to write blogs, do work or just sit and have a drink alone and have never felt uncomfortable. There are no large groups allowed and as per Arcadia in Headingly, the sister pub, there is none of this Otley Run nonsense which also makes it a great place for families. Don’t get me wrong there’s nothing worse than young kids running about everywhere and I love the fact they allow children in but all the kids are generally gone by six and you are left with the locals, reading their paper, having food and just enjoying the atmosphere. Dogs are also very welcome which is a bonus for all dog lovers who want a pint after a walk in the nearby woods. The music is never so loud you can’t hear yourself talk and there is also free Wi-Fi along with plug sockets dotted about under most tables. As for the staff. They are the friendliest bunch of people I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. The way they all work together is amazing. Connor particularly knows all the regulars and always greets us by name and pours the drinks before we even ask for them. Christie, Beth and Alex are also fabulous staff members; friendly, welcoming and always smiling. The head chef, Bill, is phenomenal. He’s always around the bar area, his food is exactly on point and he’s always got a smile on his face. My next aim is to have a Sunday dinner there but it’s so popular I suspect we would have to book and we are not that organised.
The way the place is laid out is also seamless. The tables are not too close to each other, you have your own space, but yet are involved. The whole bar area, floors, tables and toilets are immaculately clean. It really is a secret gem of a bar/restaurant and if anyone asks me where I want to meet in Leeds, my first response would be, East of Arcadia. www.markettowntaverns.co.uk
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