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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
Service: friendly
Quality/Price: great value
Noise: quiet
Food: heavenly
Waiting Time: short
Atmosphere: excellent
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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.

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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
02.09.2017 20:07

We booked for 5 people and took our small dog as they are allowed. We were directed into the bar which was dingy and there was no table suitable for 5 people to eat a meal. Not a nice ambiance or welcome or surroundings.Total waste of time.

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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....

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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.