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.
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.
Cath made my booking such a pleasant experience to meeting the lady in person who was so professional and friendly not only making us all welcome but pointing out the delights of future opportunities to indulge. Excellent personal service, the food and scones were out of this world and nothing a trouble and such a lovely lady to boot. Will bring our friend from down south to a guaranteed Yorkshire welcome at the Bingley arms. Many thanks Cath. Julie and Terry
We had great food (the pie is amazing,) Great Gin!! Great service. The whole night was good and we would definitely recommend this lovely pub.
Fantastic night out. We received a warm and friendly greeting from the owner. There was excellent menu to choose from and the food was fabulous. There is a great choice of drinks and the service from all the staff was spot on. We are definitely returning to this quality find.
excellent service, delicious food at such a high standard and they even helped me surprise my fiancé with a cake for his birthday! will definitely be returning soon
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.