East of Arcadia Leeds

Meanwood has always been a Hyacinth Bouquet of a suburb with ideas above its station and is now decidedly upwardly mobile due to the new Waitrose on Green Lane. It’s a world away (thankfully) from Headingley and its students staggering from bar to bar on the Otley Road run but it’s not yet Chapel Allerton.

East of Arcadia, a sister tavern to Arcadia in Headingley was first in, rising from the ashes of a grim old boozer called the Becketts Arms.

Alfred, an outpost of the city centre North Bar, has just opened in old shop premises across the road.

On a cool summer Friday night, Alfred, which is described as intimate, looked great but was rammed, so we chose EoA for a quick drink on the way home.

It’s owned by Market Town Taverns, who say they wanted to create the feeling of a continental beer hall with vintage posters, alongside a carpeted area for dining. What you get is a large space reminiscent of an airport lounge with 80s style brown carpet and furniture. Oh dear.

So much else about the place is right. Warm welcome, an intelligent and eclectic beer and wine menu, free papers and a nice buzz about it. You can come for just a coffee, a quick half or a full meal.

When we were there a half of Leeds Pale Ale from The Leeds Brewery, and Warsteiner Pilsner, a premium lager from Germany, on draught, were just the ticket. Served at the right temperature, and in the right sort of glass (you wouldn’t have thought it matters but it does, apparently, and they pay attention to detail here)

Guest beers change frequently but are all sourced from the region.The menu tours the world, with two beers from a micro brewery in New York among the many featured.

All in all, a great addition to the neighbourhood. And Meanwood may yet become a destination.

East of Arcadia

607 Meanwood Road, Meanwood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 4HQ 

Tel 0113 275 5488

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Type: Restaurant

Price guide

2 out of 5

Cuisine type: Modern British

Part of Eat Leeds

Review by Helen, 12 September 2011

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