Exterior view of The White Swan, showcasing the establishment's bold signage above blue awnings adorned with greenery, set against a backdrop of traditional brick buildings.

The White Swan

Homemade food and range of beers served at this pub next to City Varieties theatre.

Exterior view of The White Swan pub with outdoor seating and a promotional signboard featuring the pub's name and offerings.

The White Swan is a pub serving homemade food and a range of beers, wines, and cocktails. There’s also regular live music and the famous City Varieties next door.

There are gluten free, and vegetarian friendly food options available.

Location Details

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The Food

The White Swan serves homemade, locally sourced food for lunch and dinner daily. Popular dishes include the steak and ale pie, chicken wrapped in bacon, and wild mushroom risotto. And there is a separate Sunday lunch menu with roast options.

The pub accommodates special diets, with gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options available. A children’s menu is also offered.

Check for discount with a City Varieties theatre ticket.

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The Drink

The White Swan serves a wide selection of drinks, including local ales, imported craft beers, quality wines, and cocktails.

Popular beers on tap include offerings from Leeds Brewery such as Leeds Pale and Midnight Bell. The pub also always has guest ales available. In addition to beers and wines, The White Swan has a cocktail menu featuring both classic and signature mixes.

The bar offers happy hour specials on cocktails from 4-8pm on Fridays.

The Place

The White Swan has a warm, welcoming atmosphere with a relaxed vibe. Décor includes faded playbills adorning the walls and dressing-room mirror lights behind the bar, nodding to the pub’s theatrical history. A small piano sits tucked away in the corner for impromptu musical moments.

With a prime location adjoining Leeds’ City Varieties theatre, The White Swan serves as a convenient spot for drinks and food before shows.

The White Swan also run a quiz night every Thursday from 8pm. It is recommended you book a table from 7pm to get a seat! Check out other quiz nights in Leeds.

The Location

The White Swan is located in the heart of Leeds city centre. The location benefits from excellent public transport links, with the train station and numerous bus routes just a short walk away.

The venue is situated in a vibrant area surrounded by shops, restaurants, bars and attractions such as the Leeds Grand Theatre and Leeds Art Gallery. Just around the corner lies Millennium Square and the Leeds Civic Hall.

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Where to Park

The nearest parking is paid at Q-Park The Light, LS1 8TL (Google Map Directions)


The White Swan is wheelchair accessible.

Opening Times

Monday: 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday: 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday: 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Thursday: 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Friday: 11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Saturday: 11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Sunday: 11:00 AM - 10:30 PM

What To Do Next

With its central location, The White Swan provides a decent starting point to experience the best of what Leeds city centre has to offer.

If you’re wanting another drink we recommend a visit to Leeds’ oldest pub – Whitelock’s Ale House.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you eat in at The White Swan?

Yes you can eat in/dine in at The White Swan. There is also have an outside seating area. A great shout on a sunny day!

Does The White Swan have a beer garden?

Yes The White Swan does have a beer garden.

Does The White Swan offer takeaway?

Unfortunately The White Swan does not offer a takeaway delivery service.

Can I order The White Swan delivery in Leeds with Deliveroo?

No, unfortunately delivery is not available for The White Swan through Deliveroo in Leeds.

Can I order The White Swan delivery in Leeds with Just Eat?

No, unfortunately delivery is not available for The White Swan through Just Eat in Leeds.

Can I order The White Swan delivery in Leeds with Uber Eats?

No, unfortunately delivery is not available for The White Swan through Uber Eats in Leeds.


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