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5.0 /6 Excellent 86 Reviews

The Beehive - Thorner

Shadwell Bar £££ +100

About The Beehive - Thorner

Just a short drive northeast of Leeds lies the picturesque village of Thorner, population 1,500 people, one fantastic gastropub destination in the form of The Beehive. You can’t miss this pub and restaurant as you drive down the main road, and you certainly shouldn’t miss the chance to take in some of West Yorkshire’s best British pub fare, whether you take it al fresco, unwind in the lounge, or tuck into a superlative Sunday lunch with all the trimmings. Naturally, all this fodder demands to be accompanied by a good English ale or cider, or a refreshing white or bold red wine.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 21:00
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 21:00
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 21:00
  • Thursday 12:00 - 21:00
  • Friday 12:00 - 21:00
  • Saturday 09:00 - 21:00
  • Sunday 09:00 - 20:00
The Beehive - Thorner, 1 Main Street, LS14 3DE Leeds

Further Information

Noon until nine, The Beehive transforms the sleepy village of Thorner, northeast of Leeds, into a buzzing, forgive us, hub for Yorkshire foodies to gather over great drinks and a fantastic gastropub-restaurant offering. The menu is dominated by British dishes, from grilled Yorkshire asparagus to the Beehive’s own homemade pie of the day, to the classic beer-battered North Sea haddock with mushy peas and tartare sauce. More, shall we say, continental palates will appreciate the simple charcuterie platter to start (and share, and ideal with a good beer or real ale) or the thoroughly Italian (with an English twist) seafood risotto, comprising a rich mix of mussels, king prawns, smoked haddock, spinach and samphire. This is where a steely dry European white wine might come in handy.

Going further afield from West Yorkshire into deepest Europe, The Beehive host their ever-popular French nights every Wednesday, with a set menu (that changes regularly) that tests the expert chefs mettle against confit de canard, poulet farci, and moules marinieres. Thorner locals and new converts to The Beehive’s sense of adventure know too well that it doesn’t stop there – this pub, prominent on the main road heading northeast from Leeds, also hosts wine tasting and pairing events such as the Argentinean wine dinner, the Australian wine dinner, and tastings of specific varietals hailing from France and beyond. Rustic and sophisticated, all at one great gastropub.


86 Reviews

5.0 /6 Excellent 86 Reviews
Service: friendly
Waiting Time: short
Noise: quiet
Atmosphere: entertaining
Quality/Price: cheap
Food: delicious
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1 review so far 6
08.03.2017 16:22

Food was excellent as was the service. If any criticism I would say choice was rather limited. We went on a lunch time so it wasn't too busy.Waitress really friendly.

1 review so far 6
25.12.2016 17:56

Lovely food, service and staff. The venue was nicely decorated and with only one sitting for lunch you did not feel rushed and could enjoy each course. A lovely Christmas Day was had by everyone.

11 reviews so far 6
13.12.2016 08:13

Charming venue with lovely, friendly staff and of course excellent food! We will definitely return and would recommend. The menu variety is also well planned

3 reviews so far 6
08.12.2016 16:04

Lovely meal at The Beehive yesterday evening. Kind, friendly and attentive staff. Good atmosphere and ambiance (warm and cosy). Reasonably priced and beautiful, tasty food.

1 review so far 5
20.12.2015 17:15

Decent portions. Sunday lunch good, staff pleasant. The Sunday roast was plentiful with 2 veg and potatoes. I ordered the salmon and there was an approx 4oz of salmon and a minimal amount of very thinly sliced veg underneath. The sauce surrounding the salmon was too rich and I badly missed some plain boiled potatoes. I think that just because someone ordered the fish from the menu, they ought to be given a normal amount of vegetables to bring this plate up to a similar size of the Sunday roast. Staff may need better training. Our lady assistant didn't bring us the vanilla ice cream with the dessert. She didn't even mention it and walked away. When she passed by I asked if we could have the vanilla ice cream that we ordered and she simply said, " we ran out" and was walking away. I asked if they had any other flavour of ice cream and she said "she didn't know" and walked away. The correct response should have been to go back to the kitchen and see if they actually had any ice cream on the premises they could offer! However, we will visit again, not having been here for a couple of years but we heard it had changed management.

1 review so far 5
15.07.2015 12:35

We booked last minute in order to use our taste card. We arrived and there was only one table filled outside and one member of staff working behind the bar. As we arrived so did another 4 tables all seated outside and then another few inside. The waitress did a really good job to say she was on her own but there was quite a wait for everything but we didnt mind this too much. We had some olives and camembert to start which were lovely. My other half had a burger which came with chips and coleslaw which he really enjoyed - the chips were really nice and the burger was a decent size. I had the pasta with arabiatta sauce which unfortunately was far too overcooked and quite mushy which is a shame because the sauce had a nice flavour. I would come again and especially with the 2 for 1 deal it is quite reasonable but I wouldnt have been happy with paying full price for the pasta. It is handy for us as we live in the village and want to support a local business but I think for the money a little more service (more than one member of staff) is expected on a busy sunny summer evening.

1 review so far 6
09.07.2015 09:06

I had a lovely evening at The Beehive last night, the young waiting on staff were a pleasant surprise as they were professional, polite with manners that put a lot of mature individuals to shame. The food was impeccable, service sublime and the gentleman behind the bar whom I assume was the owner/manager was lovely and welcoming. We will definitely be re-booking to visit again. A new favourite for me!

1 review so far 6
20.12.2015 17:53

Had a lovely meal with friends, the food was lovely. The only negative comment was that the salmon main course had very little vegetables and no potatoes, not enough for a man, the Sunday roasts were ample and plenty of veg.extra veg was brought when requested with no fuss. Although all the staff were young the service and attention was great, although no prescence of a manager? Will return in the new year.

1 review so far 3
23.05.2016 15:36

The Beehive is a nice bar/restuarant, but the atmosphere was not very good, probably down to having very few people in. The food was very well presented, I had the lemon and garlic chicken, my only critisism is that it was a very small portion and didn't fill me up. I normally drink cask ale but the only bitter on was Black sheep, it was either this or nothing else apart from lagers.

1 review so far 6
15.11.2015 17:19

It's been a long time since I've been to The Beehive so wasn't sure what it would be like- but so glad we did. Excellent food and excellent service in a lively atmosphere. Would highly recommend!

1 review so far 3
10.01.2016 13:04

The wine and food were of good quality and quantity in general. Bar the sticky toffee pudding which was clap cold. We were told it was supposed to be hot sticky toffee pudding. We were still charged on the bill, but refused to pay for it. Bar that the service was very good. The biggest problem was it was freezing and I spent the evening with an overcoat on. There was a beautiful looking fire, but it was not on. In January!!?? The best thing about the evening was the Ainsty real ale. This was the finest pint I've had so far this year. Looking at how phenomenally popular the Stew & Oyster is in Boston Spa I wonder if The Beahive could make more of its bar area to attract more customers who may then eat in the restaurant.

1 review so far 6
02.04.2016 19:28

This is the third time we have visited this location for a meal. This occasion we were a party of 6. The food and service were outstanding as usual. The steak pie is excellent with plenty of lean beef and the sea bass is the tastiest that I have ever had. I would fully recommend this restaurant.

2 reviews so far 6
29.07.2015 08:12

A warm welcome from the host. Plenty to choose from on the menu whether you want a small snack or a full meal. Food was freshly cooked, hot, perfect small portion for me and large portion for my friend, well presented and very tasty. Will certainly go back again as the price was better than expected too....

1 review so far 4
21.03.2016 12:08

Rather topsy tervy- but it ended marvellously! We had raw beef and a moody waitress, followed by vegetables in our ice cream. But all was well in the end! The manager is the most customer service queen esque you will probably ever meet, she refunded two two-course meals, and took 25% of our entire bill. Plus understood that we were upset and needed something back from the bad experience. We WILL be returning because we KNOW that these people care about customers and their needs.

1 review so far 2
18.12.2015 15:40

Booked the Behive specifically to my elderly mother and two friends for a Christmas dinner. The set menu on the web site looked exactly what we wanted. When we arrived we were taken to our table and given the normal lunch menu. When I asked for the Christmas menu I was told this had to be pre booked!! There is no mention of this on the web site. We had to make do with the normal lunch menu, which but a bit of a downer on the occasion. When paying the bill I was asked if everything was OK to which I pointed out my disappointment, the girl tried to explain their reasoning about having a lot of waste last year. However if the Christmas menu had to be pre booked it ought to be made more clear. The waitress service was slow which didn't help. Will I return? Doubtful

1 review so far 6
12.07.2016 01:56

Excellent evening. My husband's birthday, celebrating with my son and his wife. We all enjoyed the main and dessert so much. The young waiter was very attentive but not so as to be annoying. All in all, a very enjoyable evening. We've been many times before, and will return.

1 review so far 5
03.11.2016 13:32

Went to the Beehive for Sunday lunch, which was very nice and the food was lovely. the only negative was the food was on the cool side and could have done with being a bit warmer. The staff were very friendly and the place has a nice atmosphere.

1 review so far 5
12.01.2016 17:38

We were well looked after. The staff even welcomed my four month old granddaughter when her babysitter dropped out. The food was hot and tasty. A slight disappointment with the bruschetta, quite small and too many onions and not enough tomatoes. Quite expensive for what it was.

1 review so far 5
09.08.2016 15:12

Good service and for the main good food. Risotto was a bit hard and stodgy but other meals were fine. Lighting could do with upgrading because with the dated dark walls its very dark to read your menu if you're in a corner away from windows.

1 review so far 5
26.11.2015 15:23

Enjoyed the meal and the friendly attentive staff. Unfortunately there was two parties of four near our table and they were competing to be heard. This meant until their food arrived I could not hear my dining companion. Perhaps another night will be quieter.