It's almost pub garden season! I don't want to get too optimistic here, but the sun is starting to make some appearances so it's time to plan your pub trips. There's nothing better than a British summer afternoon spent sipping cider in a sunny pub garden. It's an institution for a reason. Here's my pick of the best pub gardens in Leeds...
Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen
The roof terrace at Belgrave has to be seen to be believed. It's uber-cool, with graffiti, beach huts and re-purposed seating. On busy afternoons, they pop on some tunes and open the rooftop bar (no more climbing stairs!) but get there quick because everyone who's anyone is there.
The Mustard Pot
My favourite place for a summer afternoon - The Mustard Pot is a traditional pub garden in all the best senses. It's picturesque, there's usually bunting and Pimms, and plenty of dog-watching opportunities. I don't think there's anywhere else I would rather be on a sunny, lazy Sunday.
Like most other things about RARE, their beer garden bit of a surprising gem situated right in the city centre. It's a little bit of escapism, where you can enjoy their innovative cocktails. Just don't tell anyone else about it - it's the worst best kept secret in Leeds!
Stew & Oyster
Right on the river, the outside space at Calls Landing gets full very quickly as soon as a hint of sunshine is seen. For a good reason - it's a relaxing place to while away the time as you sip on a large glass of wine.
The Original Oak
Slap-bang in the centre of student central, The Original Oak has a sizeable garden where you can drink cheap beer and put the world to rights. The place to recapture your youth.
Nation of Shopkeepers
More of a courtyard than a garden, this little enclave at Nation in the heart of town is a cute place to while away a couple of hours in the sunshine. Pro tip: It's also a pretty good vantage spot for Leeds Pride, when that comes around.
Again, not strictly a garden - but the roof terrace at Angelica is one of the most perfect places to go on a sunny afternoon. Dress up, wear your biggest sunglasses and take advantage of the glam vibes with a fancy cocktail.