Not been here in years and years and it has not changed one bit.
That doesn't mean it is dated as everything is clean and well maintained.
The beer is cheap as chips and the clientele are a proper mixed bunch.
Will I be back?
At these prices it would be rude not to!
I'm a pretty big fan of The Angel and it's for more reasons than simply the cheap Sam Smiths beer. I went here recently for a decent catch up pint with some friends and in spite of the random weekday appointment the pub still had a size-able flurry of custom. There were the local resident bar flys, who were enjoying some banter with the lovely bar staff, trading insults and jibes. As I walked back to my table one of them even turned to me and belted "Student! F*ck off!" but it didn't bother me a bit - I'm pretty sure he was messing about, and even if not, it was pretty funny.
The bar staff in here are always great to joke with and the service is swift, efficient and most often comes with a bit of banter. The place is sans jukebox which makes it a great space for chatting which, being a bit of a crusty-old-before-my-time kind of girl, suits me just fine. There is plenty of space here, with a large upstairs room, large ground floor and a hoard of awesome alley-way al fresco seats! The outside space really has the feel of 'old' Leeds, to the point that you could imagine chamber pots being emptied into the alley! (Though, I must assure you, this has never actually happened whilst I've been there... )
To sum up: It's a great place for cheap pints, banter and a good old natter. Get thee down and grab a pint!
N.b. There are a few cosy little tables here and, if I remember rightly, I'm sure they put the fire on come winter!
Ace cheap pub in the centre of Leeds - probably the cheapest pint you'll find in the centre. It's a Samuel Smiths pub so all own brand booze - the bitter is fine and own brand spirits all go down fairly well.
I would definitely describe it as an old man pub although you'll likely find students in there rubbing shoulders with the locals and the weirdos as well as anybody else.
No music, drab decor and often funny things happening in there all part of the experience. It's down a 'ginnel' (dank little alleyway) that might take you a while to find but definitely worth it if on the right occasion. Don't take a first date here! Go with your mates instead.
If you find HMV, the alleyway is opposite - it has two Yorkshire Bank ATMs at the top, conveniently.
There aren't many pubs left in Leeds where you can sit and chat over a good pint but The Angel definitely qualifies. It's a Sam Smith's house so there is no music but some seriously good stuff behind the bar. I have become quite partial to the wheat beer (even though it seems to make the world a bit wobbly).
The clientele is mixed so it doesn't seem that any particular subsection of society has claimed the Angel as it's own.
I have to say that the place is looking a bit scruffy which is a pity as it still has many of the traditional fittings.
Located in one of the many 'ginnels' or narrow alleyways that connect Briggate with Lands Lane is the Angel Inn, one of very few proper pubs left in the centre of Leeds. A Sam Smith's pub, the Angel serves up some of the best and cheapest ales, lagers and ciders in town, and often boasts surprisingly few students, making it a welcome respite for the many locals who come here to enjoy a more traditional atmosphere. The beer garden, although large, doesn't see much sun due to the alley's high walls, and the food is just mediocre, but if those things are important to you than the Angel is not for you: this is most definitely a drinkers' pub.
A word of warning to anyone planning on visiting the Angel: it is a commonly accepted fact among Leeds locals that the alleyway containing the Angel Inn and the other alleys between Briggate and Lands Lane rotate on a regular basis along with their respective pubs. So don't feel bad if you get lost; it usually takes least half a dozen visits to get the right one first time.
I always associate a traditional public house with families, the countryside, good pub meals and old men at the bar drinking Guinness. The Angel Inn could be true to all of these features if it was located somewhere other than the centre of the city smack bang in the middle of all shoppers and city "culture".
Due it's situation the clientele is a little, how can I be polite, "rough?" Outside the pub men of 50 and above seem to be drunk from 11am onwards filling up the Sweeney Todd style alleyway always blocking shoppers on their spree's or fighting younger men with lots of tattoo's and piercings. (gosh don't I sound like a granny!!)
Inside the pub is a little better however the carpets are bad and it is always packed so there is often people sitting on the floor and perching literally all over the place.
I find the pub a little hectic and thrown together for me. However I hear they serve a cheap and tasty pint and throw together and okay pub meal. Nevertheless I wouldn't stay long enough there to endure either.
If you can get over the smell of wet dog in the actual bar area, or opt for a different room to drink in (preferably outside), you'll grow to love the Angel Inn. It's at its best on a summer's afternoon, when the bottles of organic cherry beer are a-flowing. You can save tigers with that sh*t, you know.
A strange mix of patrons, from emos to studeys to proper beardy grownups to toothless wonders from Hunslet.
A great little pub in the centre of Leeds if you want to escape the pretentious, posh bars that empty your wallet in 10 minutes flat!
Good, honest atmosphere with cheap ale (Alpine lager if you're not bothered what you're drinking - £1.40/pint or something).
Beware it doesn't have the most rockin' of atmospheres, with an eldery clientelle and no music, but definitely worth a stop off on a night out.
Down an incongruous ginnel off Briggate. A down to earth pub with cheap Sam Smiths beer. Mixed crowd but mainly older. Its certainly a bit rough around the edges but of the pubs off Briggate this is my favourite.
I probably drink in here more than any of the other city centre pubs but i never check in as i never have a signal, great little pub and friendly bar staff, i go for the organic wheat beer which is under £3 and is nicer than Erdinger and well over a quid cheaper, its just been decorated as well, look out for my mate Big Dave, a big bald monster usually found propping the bar up with his wheat beer glass in the fridge...
Hidden away in the centre of Leeds lie several little back alleys linking Briggate with Lands Lane. Venture down the one to the left of Fat Face on Briggate and you'll arrive at The Angel an old-style Samuel Smiths pub, with old-style prices too. Wooden panels, proper ale and a hearty helping of old men with their pints make this pub one of a dying breed, but it's a breath of fresh air when you take into account the amount of poncy bars in the centre of Leeds. There's an outside seating area in a wider part of the alley, an upstairs bit with a second bar, and a traditional pub menu. You'll probably stumble upon it by happy accident looking for something else, but you could definitely do much worse
apparently, it's the cheapest pub in leeds. which means it's at least good for one thing. you have to get to it by walking down this creepy little jack-the-ripper style alley, which is never a good start. and once inside the setup is claustrophobic and ill-conceived. also, the last time i was there the waitstaff literally stood over my table and forced me to chug my pint before snatching it out of my hand and escorting me out of the building at closing time. cheap pints or not, rudeness is an automatic fail.
Very cheap beer, all different kinds of people, best discribed as down to earth pub.
Cheap, but very good quality beer. Generally nice clientele as well - unlike some Sam smiths pubs in the region!
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