It’s worth coming here to have a gander at this former baths, if nothing else.
Formerly the Central Baths, this Wetherspoons pub is a grand example of some of its better property conversions.
It’s named after a former mayor of the city and Liberal MP who built the model village of Saltaire just outside the city – and indeed the excellent Saltaire Brewery ales are regularly featured on tap here.
It has a stone exterior and a pale stone patio which is enclosed on three sides. Inside, it’s shaped like a round amphitheatre with an inner ring which is, in part, made up of a very impressive and eye-catching wall of wavy-patterned wood panelling.
A high domed ceiling lets in lots and lots of light and it’s crossed with big, green-painted iron girders. Chairs are upholstered in pink, red and blue material and, as in most of these places, the gaudy carpet badly lets the side down.
A slightly male-biased crowd comes to take advantage of the cheap prices here – so you get office and manual workers by day and a mixed crowd, including students from the college which is a stone’s throw away, in the evenings.
The Food and Drink
There’s a decent selection of beers and ales on the pumps including Greene King, Pedigree, John Smith’s, Old Peculier, Coors, Carling, Guinness and Carlsberg.
There’s an excellent rotating range of cask ales, which can include Butcombe Bitter, O’Hanlon’s Porter Stout, Naylor’s Brewery Sunset Ale and Salopian Lemon Dream.
Some of the more unusual beers in bottles are Leffe (£2.10), Zwiek, and Kozel and the draught Fetzer wines are £2.10 for a small glass. You can partake of a glass Pimms for £1.99 and the food here is known for its low prices.
Breakfast can cost you as little as £2.59, and there are wraps, panini, sandwiches, and jacket potatoes (£3.29 each with different fillings).
Their beef and Abbott Ale pie is £6.39 and chocolate fudge cake is £2.89. You’ve got a kids menu too, including a brekkie for £1.89 and don’t forget the cheap curries on a Thursday.
The Last Word
Come here for a cheap early breakfast and take in the impressive surroundings while it’s still quiet. But please someone get rid of that carpet.