My local friend Patrick had been saying we should check this pub out for some time so it seemed like a good place to stop for a cold refreshment at the end of our Boxing Day walk along the frozen Calder and Hibble canal.
Despite being housed in a fairly uninspiring building the pub is in a great location, right by a mooring spot on the canal so there are lots of lovely narrow boats to admire. Inside there is plenty of wood and beams with fairly functional but comfortable furnishings. No music but there is a pool table and a "bandit".
We rocked up at about 3.30pm and it was busy but not overcrowded. While we were at the bar trying to choose form the selection of 6 cask ales a pie, smothered in pea,s came out of the kitchen which looked and smelled pretty good; with a choice of beef or pork at £2.50 a pie it looked a bit of a bargain. The other food on offer was a short selection of decent pub grub with even the most expensive dish leaving you with change from a fiver. Sadly we were under strict orders about getting home in time for us tea so we stuck with a pint and a packet of crisps.
All the beer was excellent except for my pint of the local Anglo Dutch brew, The Aunt Agatha, was just not "right". However, after a quick word with the barmaid a very acceptable replacement pint of Yankee was on the bar and the Agatha was scrubbed off the blackboard. If you are feeling like something a little more exotic there is also a very good selection of reasonably priced bottled beer.
The punters on this visit were a very friendly mixed crowd with no sign of any small children, I would guess that this is a pub which attracts a more adult following. No doubt, given its location, it will be heaving in the summer months.
Patrick was bang on the money with this one and I will be returning when I next have the pleasure of a trip to West Yorkshire.
Unique pub in the Canal basin so frequented by boaters. The bar is on the first floor with low roof trusses (with Aussie style dangling corks to discourage you from banging your head!!). 6 real ales (at least) in excellent nick and simple bar snacks. A pool table is available too. The Leggers has it's own unique charm which needs to be experienced to appreciate it - give it a try.
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