Where to take a craft beer enthusiast in Leeds


northern monk brewery leeds


Craft beer is on the rise and Leeds seems to be a central hub for it – there’s a whole load of breweries and the massive independent scene sees them being supported in bars and pubs around the city.

I really want to be one of those people who’s into beer but I have to admit, I’m more of a G&T kinda gal. And by G&T I mean gin and Ting, aka my new favourite mixer. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s like lilt and works well with gin, vodka and rum – dreamy. But I digress. Craft beer may not be my vibe but when my gal Haydy said she was coming up to Leeds to keep me company for the day during my week off, I knew I’d have to get a decent itinerary together.


tapped leeds


My first port of call was somewhere we could get some decent food alongside a selection of beers so I took Haydy to Tapped. They brew some of their own beers in the venue as well as having loads on tap and they also use their own beer in the pizza dough. Tapped is a great place to take any pizza enthusiasts as they cater for veggies, vegans and have gluten free options as well. As a non-veggie gluten consumer, I went for the ‘Hello, is it meat you’re looking for’ pizza which had tonnes of toppings and was delicious. The base was a little bit thin in the middle for the amount of toppings so we did need cutlery but it was a flavour sensation. When it comes to drinks, Haydy went for a pint from Kirkstall brewery which is just up the road and I had a glass of Sauvignon Blanc (standard for me!).


tapped Leeds pizzas


Our second stop of the day was the Northern Monk Brewery which is about a 10min walk out from the city centre into the Holbeck Urban Village. Northern Monk is definitely a cheaper option with a pint of cider and a pint of salted caramel porter (this was obviously Haydy’s!), coming in at just under £9. Aside from being a cool venue, they’re dog-friendly so Haydy, AKA an absolute crazy dog lady, was in her element. She made some four legged friends whilst I sat back and drank my pint.


northern monk brewery cider and dogs


The last craft beer stop was North Brew Co which is a fave for me as it’s opposite my old work. It’s fairly small but there is plenty of seating both inside and out and they also have a ton of beers on tap from local breweries. Naturally, I went for a white wine. It is a bit more expensive in North Brew Co (some beers are around £6 for a half and a 175ml glass of white is £6 too), but it’s the price you pay to drink local beverages within a 3 minute walking distance of the station. At North Brew Co there is also LittleBao Boy so we both grabbed a couple of bao buns for dinner. I had pulled pork and Haydy went for tofu and beer-battered prawns. It was messy but oh so worth it!


north brew co Leeds and little bao boy


We rounded off the day with a trip to Wetherspoons in Leeds station (keeping it classy af as always) where we had more wine and gin and by this point we were definitely more than a little merry. Luckily for me, I only had an Uber ride home, unlike Haydy who had three hours of trains!

We really enjoyed going to new places and of course, supporting local indie pubs and breweries – though I wish the weather had been better as there’s nothing I love more than a beer garden and Northern Monk’s is incredible.

Where would you recommend for craft beer in Leeds? Let me know in the comments.

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