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5.1 /6 Excellent 127 Reviews

The Bingley Arms

Bardsey European, British £££ +100
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About The Bingley Arms

Renowned among Leeds, York, and Wetherby locals and indeed seekers after the classic British pub from across Yorkshire and the UK, The Bingley Arms never fails to impress with its handsome aspect, great selection of ales and wines, and peerless gastropub food. Located down Church Lane in the picturesque village of Bardsey, The Bingley Arms boasts some serious pedigree, with a strong claim to the title of Britain’s oldest pub. Fancy a pint and some award-winning grub in a thousand-year-old public house notable enough to be recorded in the Domesday Book? You’ve found your venerable local here, less than half an hour from Leeds city centre.

Opening Hours

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 21:00
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 21:00
  • Thursday 12:00 - 21:00
  • Friday 12:00 - 21:00
  • Saturday 12:00 - 21:00
  • Sunday 12:00 - 18:00
The Bingley Arms, 37 Church Lane, LS17 9DR Leeds

Further Information

The first known brewer to keep patrons in merry mead at The Bingley Arms’ was Samson Ellis, back in 953 AD. He must have been doing something right, as it appears that The Bingley Arms found its way into the definitive bureaucratic chronicle of Anglo-Saxon public life, The Domesday Book, helping put the particularly historic Yorkshire village of Bardsey on the map. The Bingley Arms continues to be firmly affixed to the map of the UK’s best gastropubs, with its Church Lane premises easily reachable from Leeds, Wetherby, and York. And handsome premises they are, with the solid stone public house’s beer garden centred on a yew tree that is reputedly older than the pub itself.

Chef Carl Shewan is responsible for the rustic, British tradition-led dishes created in The Bingley Arms’ kitchens. Shewan and his team scour the Yorkshire countryside for the best produce and ingredients, and it’s this fresh and locally-sourced approach that contributes to the memorable taste of dishes such as the smoked haddock and spring onion fishcakes and the chicken liver pate. The signature Bingley steak burger is an ever-popular option, along with the hearty steak and ale pie. Naturally, this all requires a long pint of real ale – and with the Bingley Arms regularly changing up their roster of guest ales there’s more than enough reason for dedicated CAMRA members to keep coming back for more. For those who prefer a glass of wine, The Bingley Arms has a well-stocked cellar with everything from robust Spanish reds to crisp Australasian whites and classic continental vintages in between. Perennially popular among daytrippers and families from Leeds out to catch this classic Yorkshire pub’s Sunday Lunch, it’s always best to book for Bardsey’s beloved Bingley Arms.


127 Reviews

5.1 /6 Excellent 127 Reviews
Noise: quiet
Quality/Price: great value
Food: heavenly
Waiting Time: short
Service: friendly
Atmosphere: excellent
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1 review so far 6
17.09.2017 14:21

Fantastic food and even better customer service. All the staff were 100% attentive throughout the whole meal and were continually checking our needs. Superb evening out.

11 reviews so far 6
29.08.2017 08:53

Table always allocated and staff ready to show you where you are sitting. Orders taken promptly and usually food arrives in good time. Help to table with drinks offered.

1 review so far 6
15.08.2017 19:24

Lovely staff and food was amazing we went on Friday night and enjoyed it that much that we returned for a Sunday dinner which was amazing. Thumbs up and will most definitely be recommending to friends and family and will be returning ourselves very soon

1 review so far 6
13.08.2017 20:05

Lovely atmosphere, lovely staff, lovely food :). Cannot fault a thing and will be returning. Have been many times before and always the same, welcoming, professional service

1 review so far 6
25.02.2016 16:14

Well what can I say. We had booked a weekend away in our touring caravan for our anyversary, and when booking we looked online at nearby facilities. The Bingley Arms the local pub/resteraunt. I looked online and noted that Bingley Arms was the oldest pub in England which really appealed to us with its traditional character and charm. We booked in for Sunday lunch and was pleasantly surprised at the decor and facilities. The food was amazing along with fantastic service. I would recommend friends and family to eat here and I will be coming back in the near future.

2 reviews so far 6
01.03.2017 11:44

I live in Bardsey and The Bingley Arms is my local. My best friend came over last night for and we had booked a table for lunch. Unusually it was quiet but, as always, the staff were attentive and friendly, the wood burning stoves were lit, the wine was well chilled and the food was hot, well cooked, tasty and plenty of it. It's also good value for money. I'll be back again very soon.

1 review so far 6
13.06.2016 11:59

Excellent evening out at the Bingley Arms. The restaurant wasn't as busy as the rest of the pub (night of England match!), so we were able to relax and hear ourselves! Service was quick and efficient. There was a good choice on the main menu, but lots of other choice on the "specials" board. My starter of chicken liver pate was excellent, and surprisingly, enough "proper" Melba toast was provided for all the pate! The lamb shank was melt in the mouth yummy, served with a Yorkshire Pudding and delicious gravy (rather than "jus") and minted mash. Vegetables were served separately. My companions' choices of scampi and steak & ale pie were all pronounced excellent. A decent bottle of wine and 4 coffees finished a really good evening and we'll certainly be going again.

1 review so far 4
13.05.2016 10:33

I would normally have given this place a 6 any day of the week. They just seem to be getting a little complacent and letting their standards slip a little - it is still good but it's just not great. The service was also a little bit wanting. Two people had their mains served. Then there was a 5 minute wait until one lot of potatoes arrived. Another 5 minutes before any cutlery arrived, 2 more mains came and then the veg followed by the remaining potatoes, then we had to wait for condiments. The first two diners were half way through their meal before the rest of us had even plated up. The staff don't seem to be able to work together as a team to ensure all the food arrives for one table at the same time. We do still recommend it to lots of other friends as they have a great chef.

2 reviews so far 6
11.04.2016 21:02

I booked a table on the internet without any problems and from the comfort of my armchair. This was for a walking party and after a pleasant 5 mile walk 10 of us had Sunday lunch. Te service was very good, the choice of venue was very good and the portions were very substantial. The food was very good and hot. I would recommend the Bingley Arms and will bee making a return visit very soon, as will the members of my party.

11 reviews so far 6
11.02.2017 17:17

Table ready and set with menus waiting when we arrived. Our orders were taken and food arrived without waiting too long. All meals were really good and freshly prepared. Always looked after well by all the staff at The Bingley Arms.

1 review so far 4
23.06.2017 08:14

On a positive the staff are very friendly, the location and inn are very nice. I've had 2 meals here in the last couple of weeks and both have been very average. I had the steak and ale pie on the first visit. I think the chef thinks adding 10 tonne of salt to his gravy makes it more cheffy, wrong! It's just bad cooking. I thought I would try something different the second time so I has a steak. I was asked how I wanted it. I asked for medium but it came well done. I don't mind well done steak but that's not the point. Don't ask if you can't deliver. The other parts of the meal were just average.

1 review so far 2
05.03.2016 09:52

The restaurant may have a valid claim for being the old pub in Britain but the place looked drab and ready for an update on the décor. Booked a table for 13:00 and arrived on time but it was 13.25 before someone took our drinks and food order. Not offered a menu on arrival, we did ask for some menus at about 13:15. Even two Ladies who left the Pub at about 13:20 (who frequently had Sunday lunch at this pub) commented that we had not any food served, in response I said they have not even taken our order yet. We all (3 people) had the same main course, steak and ale pie, which was served hot and in reasonable time after we had ordered. It was sound pub grub but not my idea of Gastropub dinning. We only had the one course and finished off with teas and coffee. When I asked for the bill I had at least another 10 minute wait as the staff were having problems in printing the bill from the electronic till. The pub was clearly doing sound business for a Friday lunchtime and my review is not consistent with what I have read in other review. However, I did a 240 mile round trip to take my 90 year old Mother in Law out for lunchtime treat for Mother’s Day and the experience fell well below expectations.

1 review so far 6
05.01.2017 07:53

We had our meal in the bar which was warm and cosy. Our server was friendly, atttentive, and very helpful. The food was delicious, and cooked to perfection. We had a couple of the specials, Lamb Rack, and the Venison. The food was presented well, equal to any high class restaurants. We also found that the drinks very competitively priced. A excellent experience, and look forward to a return visit

1 review so far 5
09.02.2016 09:01

Electronic booking system went smoothly. Food was very good with a great selection in accompanying vegetables. Children's meals a little disappointing - pizza had obviously been overcooked as the edges were burnt and there was extra cheese thrown on to disguise this. The chicken goujons portion was quite small - but then not for a younger child! Overall, it was an enjoyable meal, good service and a very pleasant ambiance. We'd definitely recommend and would visit again.

1 review so far 5
17.05.2017 17:04

Went for discount menu - Twosdays - two for one bargain. Pub is very appealing, old and characterful. Very busy with only two waitresses, rushed off their feet, therefore service was delayed and we had to ask to be given the dessert menu and fetch more drinks ourselves from the bar. This lack of staff is the only reason the review has been given 5 rather than six stars.

1 review so far 6
17.10.2016 21:15

Food is excellent quality. Good value for money as the portions are very large. Customer service is excellent, staff are very efficient and service is always with a smile. The location of the pub is in a nice setting. Overall I'm always happy with the service provided by the bingley arms it is consistently very good.

1 review so far 6
05.08.2017 07:12

The staff are very friendly and helpful and the food very good and plentiful. We look forwards to our next dining experience at The Bingley Arms.

1 review so far 5
28.07.2016 10:02

The food was really good, very tasty and well cooked and presented. The young man who served us was really cheerful and cracked a couple of jokes with us. The pub itself was delightful and it was nice to have drinks and a meal in a pub with such character and history. All in all, a good night was had by all.

1 review so far 5
20.06.2016 20:40

The restaurant was pleasantly busy, but not crowded. The staff were pleasant, friendly and helpful. The Sunday lunch menu provided a selection of starters and mains to suit all tastes. The food was of a good quality and served hot. We were particularly pleased with the varied selection of perfectly cooked vegetables. Overall a good meal at a reasonable price.

1 review so far 5
27.12.2015 12:33

Our food was plentiful, of very high quality and had clearly been freshly cooked which explain why service, while attentive and friendly was just on the edge of being a bit slow. The choice of wine complemented our meal very well and overall we had an extremely pleasant extended lunch, and will definitely be back for more.