Yelp Horsforth Pub Crawl 19-07-13. number 5
It does threesomes
There is no better reason than that to give this place 5*
Great social place as well (until we had to leave as it was kicking out time).
Plus I associate happy feelings with this place as Ben H was back in Leeds and met us for a bevvie! hooray! Bearded Ben!
THIS is what I expected of Horsforth. Not the Black Bull. Not Enigma. Not The Fleece. Not Kobe. THIS.
Craft beers, bottles of imported cider made of apples (and champagne yeast), spirits which are incomparable to paint stripper (or water)... this is the level of sophistication that I had been led to expect and which turned up at the end of the evening to taunt me as to what I had been missing. And each of those beverages were being served by people who actually had smiles on their faces, who were actually chatty, and seemed to be enjoying their jobs.
It's true that it's a little on the small side, and has an equally small outside area which houses a few benches for those lucky enough to grab them, but it would be more accurately described as bijou or cosy than cramped, and the nature of the decor plays to the size of the bar - size and feel 'fit'.
Great atmosphere, super drinks selection, brilliant staff, ace venue!
Ahh, TST. This was one bastion of hope in an otherwise not-so-impressive Horsforth crawl. Having visited four spots prior, none of which set us alight with great beer, this was a welcome change of pace to the outing - finally somewhere to indulge in craft beers, specialist ales, and various other treats. But alas! We had about forty minutes until closing. Next time, TST, next time.
The space may be slight, but it makes up for it with a gorgeous array of plants in the large open windows and friendly staff. Plenty of banter was to be had on heading to the bar, and there was no serving preference to locals, as I'd had elsewhere. It's not dissimilar to the other MTTs, in fact very samey, but there was a certain je ne sais quoi that gave it a personality of its own right. Perhaps just being a haven of intriguing drinks in Horsforth?
I'm a fan. And when we organise the next pub crawl, we'll certainly be factoring in a good few drinks in here. You can be assured of that. Try the taster trays of three different ales, or ask the staff for a top recommendation. And if it's sunny, and you snag the opportunity, sup in the cool summer air outside in the wee beer garden.
On what I would call my first proper evening of drinking in Horsforth, we started out at the Town Street Tavern. Considering it was straight after work on a Friday, there weren't too many people inside, which can either be a bad sign or a blessing..
Fortunately it was definitely the former! We got a nice big table ready for others to arrive and got a drink in. There's a nice selection of drinks on offer, including some decent guest ales. You can tell a pub likes its ales when there's labels for past guest ales lining the walls of the entire place! I don't really remember what the prices were like, but I don't remember being shocked so I'll assume they were pretty standard for a decent pint.
There's a little (and I do mean little!) seating area outside for when it's nice, but I definitely wouldn't go there just for that.. Other than that, the staff seemed pleasant enough and the toilets were well looked after, so I came away with the feeling that I'd be coming here again in the nearish future.
Oh and the entire upstairs area is specifically for food, so I'll have to have a stab at that at some point and maybe possibly upgrade to 5* if all goes well!
Now i've heard it closes early and this is shame because Town Street Tavern is really quite something.
A nicer ambiance and crowd than many of the bars you'll find on Town Street (Sandbar opposite being a fine example). Not quite so rammed or so loud. Serving a fine range of ales and bitters as well as some nice cider.
Its true we struggled a little for seating but i think as pubs go it beats its neighbors for choice, friendliness and feel.
I'm reliably informed the food is excellent as well and if i ever have the chance to try they might find an extra star flying their way. For now just to say its one for the "to do" list if your drinking about town.
It would have been a 5 if you could get a seat! Great beer & great food.
I actually liked this place its a must to visit, a huge selection of imported beers and draughts to choose from I've been here a few times and the people are awesome. Fact about Tavern, if your an animal lover you can bring your dogs inside they actually have doggy snacks in there seriously. I like this place was going to give it 4 stars but what the hell I'm going for a 5 star because of the friendliness and the awesome beer.
Owned by the well-respected folk that also run Arcadia in Headingley, Town Street Tavern is one of Town Street's unsung heroes.
Inside a quaint yet rustic little building you will find a very similar set up to that of Arcadia: a huge selection of British ales, European beers (such as the majestic Erdinger) and a global selection of wines.
As with Arcadia, you may feel that the prices are a little bit steep, but take a moment to steady yourself and remember that you are drinking real quality alcohol and supporting dying British breweries as you do it. The atmosphere is one of quiet relaxation, as the more adult selection of alcohol tends to draw in the over 30s more than the under 30s.
I have never tried the food here so cannot comment, but I would recommend stopping in for at least one drink (make it an Erdinger). Even if you don't like it, at least you can tell your friends that you went for a drink in a tavern - how many people can say that nowadays?
Give me an H, give me an O, actually don't because this could go on for some time. Let's get jiggy with it and head to Horsforth on and a cheeky snifter or two.
The Town Street Tavern is dressed to impress from the outside. It is housed in a period building and it looks the business. Appearances can be deceptive so I was still holding back on my judgment. Inside it's more of the same, lovely. They are a bar and a brassiere and manage to combine style with a cozy atmosphere. So far, so good.
So fill my gapping stomach with some food please. Maybe I was a little more polite than that but I went for a big bad boy of a burger with excellent home made chips and coleslaw. No grumbles from me or my stomach.
This is a very pleasant pub experience and even better than that it's not far from the train station so you can stagger home safely too.
If you like a good selection of guest beers and less main stream drinks, the Town Street Tavern is a good start. My girlie friends and I like to head here on a Friday evening for a cherry beer, which always goes down well after a hard week in the office.
The food is really good, hot and cold sandwiches accompanied by lovely hot freshly cooked chips - perfect Friday lunch. The service is always excellent, as regulars we're always well looked after but this is pretty standard in the TST.
Dogs and children are welcome and the only very slight drawback to this venue is the decided lack of music, it's a music free bar - booo!
Came here with a group of friends for new years eve last year, and we were all quite happy to stop in here for the night! It has a really good atmosphere and has a good range of ales and beers on tap. This is the pub that introduced me to the love of Fruli the strawberry beer, so it is always going to hold a special place in my heart!
Often pop in for a quick lunchtime drink, good choice of beers and always changing though I am a fan of Taylors (its Golden Best , not Landlord), as I was brought up 200yds form the brewery in Keighley.
Have had bar meals just twice, once at lunchtime and once in the evening and both were excellent. a few yards from the office will mean we are are very regular patrons. Manager Garth, a S. African is good company and good to share a joke with.
Edit 4th June 2010 ......
Had a further evening meal here twice recently, the standard continues to be maintained. Taylor's Golden Best is noiw Taylors Best Bitter. Black Sheep always available as is Leeds Pale, other bitter and brown ales change almost daily, theres always a new one to try.
The map location is wrong, its in Horsforth's main 'High' St, toward the bottom. Very near The Medusa Bar, and 'Outside Inn'
Superb beers, great atmosphere, and old style pub games. I love it!!
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