Our local pub, The Beulah, has been closed for many, many months. I suspect it became a casualty of people staying at home to drink, the trend for people not wanting to drive too far and increased competition across the food and drink sector. In truth, the previous owners juts didn’t get it right – the food was so-so and even the beer and wine wasn’t even worth writing home (or even a blog) about. In this day and age if you don’t get the basics right, it’s game over.
So we were pleased to see it had re-opened, under brave new management, a few weeks ago. I say brave because I believe the hospitality trade is one of the hardest industries to make a living in these days. It’s always been tough and it’s even tougher these days. We’d heard good reports from other members of the Troffers (‘keeping it simple’ ‘generous portions’ etc) so we thought we’d have a wander on and were very pleasantly surprised.
Little cash had been spent on the fabric of the pub, although it was tidy and presentable. We know from Kendell’s that you don’t need to pour cash into the building initially, just get the food, drink and service right. First up was a very well-kept pint of Landlord and those of you who are beer drinkers will know that’s no mean feat in itself. Secondly we ordered a couple of simple midweek dinners: I had a ribeye steak and J had a burger. Both arrived reasonably promptly on plates bursting with food – big salads and twice fried chips (oh yes) completed the picture. I have to say it was very agreeable and great value. The menu is entrepreneurially priced with offers like 2 for £10 Sunday lunch deals and a free bottle of wine with 2 steak meals.
A second pint of Landlord had me thinking we should do this every week and no doubt by the third I’d have been coming every other night! Seriously, I think it’s well worth all West Leeds dwellers supporting this pub what with excellent prices and good, solid pub grub on offer.
I look forward to many repeat visits.
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