Category Archives: Arcadia

>Pints & Prose on Culture Vultures

>…If, like many of us, you enjoy a beer in a quiet pub with a good read rather than a mobile phone, do head over to Culture Vultures and check out a piece I’ve just posted there in collaboration with Jess Haigh.

Do let us know what you think by way of a comment in the discussion, and let us know you’re out there. By the way, Tavern Tales is the page I edit for CV, and is primarily interested in the social and historical aspects of Pubs in Yorkshire. Do let me know if you’d like to get involved by contributing.

>Arcadia, Headingley – Redux

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Market Town Tavern’s Arcadia in Headingley underwent an expansion in the last couple of months, taking over the unit next door to it. As the best place to drink in Headingley by a country mile, this was welcome news. It’s also heartening to see quality being rewarded – pubs may be closing all the time but when things like this happen you realise that some decent pubs, owned by companies with attention to detail and respect for the trade, are doing ok. Plus, it may be controversial but I’m all for a dead-wood clearing exercise.
Anyway, onto the pub. We chose yesterday lunchtime to pay a visit and see what was going on. The usual friendly, relaxed atmosphere and staff remain, as do the tin beer posters and assorted other breweriana (including a gorgeous plate for Goose Island’s Matilda that I simply have to have) that adorn the walls. The extension means that both the ground floor and upper mezzanine area have more or less doubled in size, and it’s a tasteful job.
Feeling peckish, we noticed that the food menu had been slightly scaled back, and also in price – which was a nice surprise. Given that I rate the Hamburger as one of my top five beer foods, I decided to give the guys a chance to impress with a Blue Cheeseburger. Excellent it was too, a big, rough, meatball-esque burger and a great cheese that started off buttery and then hit you with that sharpness that you need in a blue cheese. A chewy bun, and slices of tomato rounded it off well. My partner’s felafels were also given the thumbs up – as were my other friend’s Bean Chili.
From a range that included Saltaire’s Winter Warmer, TT Landlord and Copper Dragon’s Golden Pippin, I gave Vale Breweries’ Vale Pale a go; a very much no-nonsense Pale with a decent floral aroma. A nice alternative to Landlord, I thought. Their Wychert Ale had much more depth, with a fruity nose, a tight, creamy head and a treacle/bonfire toffee vibe in the body which aptly fitted the freezing temperatures outside.
We left happy in the knowledge that Arcadia remains improved, and putting the rest of the Drinking – Pits in Headingley to shame.

>The Midweek – Dunham’s White Amarillo

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…This week’s midweek pint is a real thirstquencher; served in Arcadia in Headingley, Leeds.

When you get a beer named after the hop it contains you know what you’re going to get, and Dunham’s White Amarillo is no exception; not a lot of head, pale straw colour and as for flavour – citrus, citrus, citrus. At 4.1abv it mixed the floral, orangey flavours of an IPA without anwhere near the strength. The only downside was…it disappeared in about ten minutes. This is dangerously easy-drinking beer; however, another was soon ordered to restore balance to this idyllic scene. One I’ll be keeping an eye out for in the Summer.
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