Leeds Welcome | A look at three of Leeds’ most traditional pubs

A look at three of Leeds’ most traditional pubs

Words: Luke Christian

With all of the trendy, chic restaurants and bars within Leeds, offering fancy cocktails and tasty dishes, sometimes you just can’t beat a good ol’ pint down a backstreet boozer! Here in Leeds, we have plenty of Pubs and Ale Houses to choose from, all of which are steeped in history and have that traditional, cosy feel to them. Taking a look at three of the most iconic pubs, we explore a little more as to why these are timeless, relaxed and important to the history of Leeds.


One of Leeds oldest pubs can be found hidden away off the main street of Briggate, this award-winning pub offers a selection of Real Ale, Beer and wines. Playing live music on an evening, The Ship has a cosy atmosphere and serves ‘real pub food’, all of which has been sourced from Leeds Kirkgate Market keeping things local and fresh. Keep your eye out for their best-selling The Ship Steak Burger and their famous Fisherman’s Pie!

Open 7 days a week, you can find The Ship at 71a Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LH.


Serving quality British Beers, The Duncan has an interesting history as it was one of the last two pubs within Leeds to be ‘men only’ up until the sex discrimination laws kicked in in the 1970s. Despite being one of the last to follow suit, The Duncan however, was the first pub in Leeds to introduce the no smoking policy within pubs. Keeping its traditional layout and interiors throughout the years, The Duncan is well known for being raucous but is worth checking out for its history and cheap beer!

You can find The Duncan at 22 Duncan St, Leeds LS1 6DL and it is open 7 days a week closing at 10pm throughout the week, except the weekends where it closes at 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 7pm on Sundays. 


The Adelphi was built a few years before The Titanic, giving you an idea of how long The Adelphi has been standing! A pub that has managed to move along with the times yet still keeping its timeless feel and original features such as their Victorian carved wood, polished brass and etched glass. With a wide selection of food to choose from their many menus such as their Main Menu, Buffet Menu, Brunch Menu and many more, there really is something for everybody! As well as a wide variety of foods, The Adelphi also have a large assortment of lagers, beers and wines to choose from such as some world favourites along with locally brewed beers!

The Adelphi is situated at 1-3 Hunslet Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1JQ and is open Sunday to Thursday: Noon – 11pm. Friday: Noon – 12.30am. Saturday: 12am – 12:30am.

Have you visited any of these pubs mentioned? If so, which ones and what did you think to them? Did you have a good experience, or perhaps a bad experience? Let us know and get involved on our social feeds!

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