If you are looking for a waterside pub with a beer garden then this is the one! With plenty of seating inside and out, Water Lane Boathouse is a solid recommendation. And pretty much in the centre of Leeds as well.
The latest creation of Ash Kollakowski and Simon Stevens, the two behind Leeds heavyweights Belgrave and Headrow House. This old shipment warehouse shines with floor-to-ceiling views and a huge outdoor beer bar, both with views over the canal. Imagine sitting in the sun supping a top of the range craft beer or sipping a cocktail.
There are vegetarian friendly food options available.
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The menu is on seasonal rotation but comes with one main staple – pizza!
Tomato and garlic are your standard base on these wood fire oven pizzas. The bigger and bolder flavours come with distinctive toppings like truffle; pecorino; nduja mascarpone; and spinata calabrese sausage.
And the burgers are fronted by Uptown Patty’s who pat together a range that include: Chicken Kiev, Bacon & (Gouda) Cheese, Zingy Vegan burger and lamb merguez Corndog.
A real veggie option without being boring and predictable, unless you decide to add extras like the chicken or smoked salmon.
Alongside the copious amounts of craft beer from both local and international brewers these guys have got a gin list as long as your arm, some notable names include: Martin Miller, Sipsmith, Bathtub and Monkey 47.
And if you want something a little smoother then you can break into a bottle of natural wine. Or go full HAM and indulge in special drink and food events like the ‘taco and tequila festival’.
This beautiful waterside hub is an industrial masterpiece. Originally built as a shipment warehouse before becoming a grain store. Inside, the large space the décor has been stripped back to expose what feels like every original brick in the structure. The super modern take is translated in the minimalist furniture and graphics dotted about the venue. Think Scandinavian; less is more!
Settled indoors you could be enjoying the weekly quiz. Or shuffling outdoors to a pop up party on the sun soaked terrace… shut your eyes and you could be in Ibiza!
What’s more the place is super dog friendly and even comes with a dog bar for the little pooches to sup at. And if that isn’t good enough you can bring them to the annual scruffs dog show.
Where to Park
The nearest parking is paid at Q-Park Sovereign Square.
How To Get HereGoogle Map Directions
Water Lane Boathouse is located on the Canal Wharf right behind the train station. Yet, if you’re coming from somewhere not connected by train then we recommend a bus into the city bus station. From there it’s walking distance just around the corner!
Access to the main bar space is step-free. The mezzanine area is up 16 steps and the lower bar area is 2 steps down. The venue has 1 accessible toilet – for an in-depth review check out the Water Lane Boathouse full accessibility document
What To Do Next
We recommend you stroll down the road to another industrial gem – The Cross Keys – and enjoy another round of drinks in one of their cosy alcoves.