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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
Waiting Time: short
Atmosphere: excellent
Quality/Price: great value
Service: friendly
Noise: quiet
Food: heavenly
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1 review so far 4
08.02.2016 16:17

The 'special' pheasant pie was full of tiny sharp bones. My guest who had ordered it didn't want to complain as everyone else had had an enjoyable meal. I did not want to embarrass her by raising it yesterday. However it was inedible and thus very disappointing. The other 6 six enjoyed their meals: main courses, sweets and coffees. Service was pleasant as was the situation of our table.

1 review so far 6
31.07.2016 17:55

Lovely old pub, in a delightful village, & nice to think ggggg-grandpa hoisted a tankard or two here in the 1720s! Excellent food, friendly staff! We liked option of reduced size meal, too. Dark beer was delicious, too. Hope to stop by again next trip south.

1 review so far 5
07.05.2016 15:56

Lovely restaurant with brilliant staff. Well-priced food that was of excellent quality. Only thing I can think of as a negative was the chimney/fireplace in the Snug needed a good sweep & clean; it was a little bit grubby & the room smelt sooty! A very minor quibble about an excellent venue.

1 review so far 5
02.02.2016 21:12

Great meal , staff very attentive , table prepared with baby chair and baby was well looked after. Only drawback was room was cool as we asat down to lunch. The weather outside was cold and the staff provided additional heating but this could have been done before people arrived for lunch

3 reviews so far 6
21.05.2017 17:41

Lovely friendly atmosphere and excellent home made food. Ate here two nights and service and meals where lovely. If you stay at the caravan park down the road you then get 10% off your meals but really they are not expensive.

1 review so far 6
22.06.2016 07:57

First visit and was very pleased. Lovely place and lovely staff. Was quite busy but we weren't waiting too long. Bargain also as it was 2 for 1 on main meals. Would definitely recommend and we will be returning

1 review so far 6
30.01.2017 08:26

Friendly welcome - especially for four muddy walkers, including a little girl with wet feet (socks and boots were kindly placed on the radiator for us to warm up, whilst we ate). Good food and a nice pint too.

2 reviews so far 5
23.07.2017 09:22

Variety of menu plus the specials board was very good Food was excellent The service was was good and the staff very friendly I would definitely recommend for a pub meal.. Only comment I would say is toilets are in need of a decorative freshen up

1 review so far 6
22.04.2016 09:36

We tried two dishes, the Rump Steak Imperial and The Steak and Real Ale Pie one with mash and one with the Bingley's famous chunky chips all cooked to perfection. Great food, great service all round terrific experience.

1 review so far 6
18.01.2016 11:07

Amazing home cooked food. Great service for a very large group. Lovely traditional atmosphere. Very reasonable prices for quality produce. Don't book as I want to make sure there are plenty of tables available for when I return!!

1 review so far 5
24.07.2017 22:12

The staff were friendly and very helpful when selecting from their menu; the meals being v satisfactory and the choice of wines good no hesitation in returning; private transport or taxis are desirable,the venue being 200yds along a winding lane from the bus stop.

1 review so far 4
13.08.2016 09:26

It is a beautiful building, there is plenty of parking and the staff are friendly. The food is fine - nothing spectacular. It was a bit odd because we were in the restaurant upstairs where they were playing music and then in the bar downstairs they started playing live music and it all just clashed.

1 review so far 6
28.12.2015 20:55

Limited choice of dishes and this makes it so good because what they offer, they do well. Excellent food and service. Great value for money. Lovely atmosphere too. We will be back and recommending to friends.

2 reviews so far 5
29.04.2016 09:31

It has been many years since we visited the Bingley Arms. We used to go regularly but stopped when the food became disappointing. It is refreshing to find that the food is of a good standard and the staff and surroundings equally good.

1 review so far 6
20.06.2016 13:23

the food and service was first class. very busy as you would expect for father's day, yet this didn't deter from the quality of service. we will definitely be returning to the bingley arms.

11 reviews so far 6
24.06.2017 09:36

Table ready and set when we arrived. The staff were very attentive and the bar staff helped bring the drinks to our table without asking to do so. Food good and plenty of it!

1 review so far 4
23.08.2017 17:39

Service was a bit indifferent. Food was good but not as good as we'd hoped. Bit of a gap between our main course being served and accompaniments. Then another gap waiting for cutlery. I felt waiting staff not as attentive as they should've been. I would rate the food at 8/10.

1 review so far 6
22.02.2016 05:11

From the moment we arrived the staff where warm friendly and attentive ,we orded four different meals they we all brilliant. ,I would recommend the Bingley arms for a great atmosphere thank you .

11 reviews so far 6
13.08.2016 08:46

Lovely change to this last visit to the Bingley. Ate upstairs in the restaurant as a private party were using the room downstairs. Food excellent, service excellent, atmosphere excellent! Thanks to the Bingley team.

11 reviews so far 6
15.02.2016 08:29

Absolutely brilliant evening - the menu was well thought out and covered all tastes - thoroughly enjoyed and will be back again soon, the staff are excellent and made the evening even better!