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5.1 /6 Excellent 97 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.


97 Reviews

5.1 /6 Excellent 97 Reviews
Noise: quiet
Food: heavenly
Service: extraordinary
Atmosphere: excellent
Quality/Price: great value
Waiting Time: short
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1 review so far 6
04.07.2016 12:26

Sunday lunch was extremely good. Staff attentive and very pleasant. We will return. Thoroughly enjoyed the experience as did our guests. The inn has a very interesting history too.

1 review so far 6
07.03.2016 07:56

We had a fantastic roast for Mother's Day with very friendly and attentive staff. Wide choice on the menu too. Would highly recommend a visit to England's oldest pub!

1 review so far 6
01.08.2016 10:52

A warm welcome and excellent food and service in pleasant surroundings. The pub has a lovely, tiered garden, which is very peaceful and spacoius. Would definitely recommend this establishment.

8 reviews so far 6
31.05.2016 17:34

Lovely afternoon tea. Very busy but staff managed to serve everyone quickly and efficiently. We were seated upstairs, which was comfortable, and enjoyed the view onto the garden.

8 reviews so far 6
04.06.2016 08:42

Always good food, good service, good atmosphere. The staff are helpful, efficient and friendly with Ryan at the helm making sure everything runs smoothly at all times.

1 review so far 6
04.07.2016 07:13

a lovely pub setting in a quiet idyllic place great food and excellent staff. The quality of the food and portions that are served are excellent. 10/10

1 review so far 6
28.12.2015 10:35

Lovely old historic setting and food absolutely fantastic. Best steak pie and lamb been served ever!! Staff very polite and friendly and very relaxed. Definitely recommend A+++++.

1 review so far 5
24.04.2016 21:44

A nice comfortable pub with very substantial and enjoyable food - you don't need a starter if you are having the steak and ale pie! Good wines by the glass and bottle.

1 review so far 5
30.05.2016 11:58

the whole experience was excellent from start to finish. food is all freshly presented and is delicious. staff are very attentive and polite. we have booked for Fathers day, can't wait. yummy.

2 reviews so far 2
04.05.2016 08:47

VERY slow service. When the food finally arrived, one steak ordered medium rare arrived well done. All 4 steaks were dry, tasteless and of very poor quality. Their 2 for one offer on a Tuesday is obviously only possible by serviing low grade food. Other tables were complaining about the service (or lack of it). It's a great shame as this is a local pub with a lot going for it, but we will now go elsewhere for food.

1 review so far 6
12.11.2015 20:45

Atmospheric pub with the most delicious food. Portions are enormous and the gravy is out of this world. Really helpful friendly staff. We will be back!!

1 review so far 6
21.08.2016 08:13

Excellent all round good food polite and helpful staff all our party of four enjoyed the experience of an evening at the Bingley arms in bardsey

1 review so far 6
07.07.2016 09:42

Very nice meals , excellent friendly service we will defiantly return , when in area ., beautiful garden we have yet to explore , thank you

8 reviews so far 6
18.06.2016 08:50

Always good! Table ready when we arrived and never a long wait for orders to be taken by attentive staff. Good food, good service, good atmosphere.

1 review so far 6
12.04.2016 09:56

we had a lovely evening out .the staff were very friendly and attentive we will be visiting again in the near future.Best Regards . Joe Ellwood

8 reviews so far 6
29.03.2016 09:37

Good atmosphere and extremely helpful staff at all times. Table ready and set up on arrival despite it being Good Friday and obviously a busy time.

1 review so far 6
09.03.2016 17:21

Excellent quality food, massive portion sizes. Really friendly staff and good service. It was our first visit and I'm sure we'll be regulars in future. Excellent

1 review so far 6
17.01.2016 07:56

We went on a Saturday early evening with family. Lovely food & excellent service. Great choice of specials. Very good value. Will definitely be back soon.

1 review so far 5
01.09.2016 08:37

Great atmosphere and friendly staff. Lovely meal but dessert (apple crumble) was tasteless and apples undercooked) . Great for people with large appetites, especially the steak pie which is highly recommended.

1 review so far 5
23.04.2016 10:09

The staff were lovely - The food was very tasty - We have been twice and will definitely return to try different things from the specials board. Many Thanks Suzy Galbraith

1 review so far 4
04.04.2016 12:10

Food was lovely, staff really friendly and helpful, service was just a bit slow considering the restaurant was only about half full - we booked for 2.15 and didn't leave until almost 5pm. I would still recommend though!

2 reviews so far 6
11.04.2016 20:45

Great friendly and welcoming service, Lovely Sunday lunch with a great choice on the menu, something to please everyone. Will be returning again very soon.

1 review so far 5
29.05.2016 08:14

Nice beer garden, part of it had a lovely sun trap. Freshly cooked food. And Full of character. My elderly mum & 2 daughters loved the history of the place.

1 review so far 5
11.01.2016 11:58

It was very interesting visiting a pub that has so much history. The food was delicious and reasonably priced and the service was great too. I'd definitely go there again.

1 review so far 5
02.11.2016 07:57

Excellent friendly staff. The food was very good and especially on Tuesday (2 mains for price of one) good value. First visit for us and our friends definitely go again

2 reviews so far 6
21.02.2016 19:53

Excellent service and food nice friendly atmosphere. We will definetly go again when in the area. Four of us visited and all had excellent meals

1 review so far 6
20.08.2016 12:25

The food at the Bingley Arms was very good and the staff very friendly and helpful would highly recommend and we will be going back

1 review so far 5
20.01.2016 17:25

Our only critique is no background music but food excellent and very good value. Lovely old restaurant with interesting history and ideal location for North Leeds- plenty of parking

1 review so far 5
01.02.2016 18:36

the bingley arms was easy to find and parking a plenty. Amazing food and wonderful atmosphere. Service was a tad on the slow side. Will definitely go back

8 reviews so far 5
28.09.2016 08:05

Our table, which was booked online, was ready when we arrived. Menus were given out as soon as we were seated and our order taken in good time.

1 review so far 5
23.12.2015 11:56

I've just discovered this pub and love it. Particularly impressed with the service given how busy there were a few days before Christmas. Good beer too!

1 review so far 5
20.04.2016 13:33

Nice Place With friendly staff and good service. Good Food and beer. I can recomend the Bingley Arms for everyone. Only a short distance from Leeds!

1 review so far 5
21.09.2016 08:50

Really good food, generous portions, excellent and friendly service in delightful historic but cosy surroundings. What more can you want from a country pub? Highly recommended!

1 review so far 5
29.03.2016 13:15

Very friendly / helpful staff, Food excellent main course too much for me but very good. Beautiful historic setting to enjoy Easter Sunday lunch .

1 review so far 5
26.06.2016 12:06

The quality of the food was disappointing, staff were pleasant and Bingley Arms is in a beautiful setting. I would go back for a drink

1 review so far 3
17.02.2016 15:07

Disappointed. Didn't realise the Valentines Menu was a set one. The menu should have been displayed on the website. The only choice was the main course, all the other courses were set and not to our liking.

2 reviews so far 4
19.08.2016 14:13

morrocan chicken a little dry with rice and pickled veg, drinks expensive, but friendly and nice old world surroundings and a lovely beer garden at the back.

1 review so far 3
12.01.2016 21:16

I was dining with a date and wanted to impress , ......! the meal was very basic and not tasty at all and the salad was not good either... only good thing was the Desert...

1 review so far 4
02.05.2016 07:31

The pub is beautiful, food and service was average Sunday pub lunch standards; obviously a really popular place though, beer garden looks great for summer time.

1 review so far 3
01.04.2016 09:32

Setting and atmosphere was great. Food was ok but not outstanding and service was a bit hit and miss with cutlery missing and side orders not quite right but resolved fairly quickly.

1 review so far 2
25.01.2016 17:52

The food was fine but the service was very poor. Kept waiting for an hour after ordering with no sign of any apologies or updates. When the bill came we noticed that another tables drinks had been included, adding £15 to our total. Again no apologies. Very disappointing.

1 review so far 2
06.03.2016 08:09

Disappointed by the experience having had to wait for 50 mins for a simple main course meal of lasagne, fish pie and sausage and mash. Rather expensive too for the food quality.

1 review so far 1
31.12.2016 10:50

I've been several times and was always okay, but this visit was awful. Half the menu was sold out, favourite beer was sold out, service poor and unfriendly, and finally we were accosted in the car park and accused of leaving without paying the bill! No apology when they discovered their mistake. Won't be going there again or recommending it.

1 review so far 6
27.03.2016 14:39

Gorgeous food friendly staff cant wait to go back soon

1 review so far 2
14.02.2016 20:39

Was really forward to visiting this pub. M,having heard great things about the food. Lovely waitress,really friendly &helpful, unfortunately the food left a lot to be desired, Sorry!

1 review so far 1
21.12.2015 19:25

Terrible dried out food. Meat was chewy on Sunday lunch. Pastry on pie was inedible. Poor service from the lady who took our order and then argued with my brother when she brought the wrong dish. Wont go there again....

1 review so far 1
27.12.2015 07:48

Very poor and disappointing ....5 meals and only 1 didn't get sent back. Such a shame as the venue is charming and well laid out.