Leek Beer Guide: Your Leek guide to beer, beer bars, breweries and brewpubs

Latest reviews from Leek

46 /100 MARKET PLACE
“This is quite a large pub in the Market Place area of town next to the indoor market and Pannier Market. It is rather disorganised post lock down but appears to cope. It's a touch run down but it is a market Pub for stall holders and customers offering food and a small array of beer. When many of the other pubs remain shut it was worth a look.“
imdownthepub 752 days ago
66 /100
Cobblers (Bar)
1-5 RUSSELL STREET
“This is a locals boozer close to the town centre on a side street just off the street market. Friendly and welcoming, well run and organised post lock down. Sign in but able to choose your own spot, lots of hand sanitizer. There were 4 hand pumps in operation with a couple of guest beers. Well worth a look if in town.“
imdownthepub 752 days ago
48 /100 2 ST EDWARD STREET
“This is a large, rangy, multi roomed Wetherspoons in the centre of town by a major road junction. I was told by locals that 6 months ago this was a car crash of a place but the current managers have dragged it out of the doldrums and I have to say it is clean, well run and well organised post lock down. The ordering system worked well, enough staff to keep things moving. The seating was adequate and well spaced. For us the main issue would be lack of interesting cask beers and my other problem would be that the local mothers use it as a creche come playground for the screaming kids. All in all a pretty reasonable part of the chain, shame about the lack of decent beer.“
imdownthepub 752 days ago
68 /100 19 DERBY STREET.
“A Joules Brewery run pub with a modernised exterior and a well renovated interior. Up to 7 real ales with 4 normally being from Joules, Green Monkey lager on keg too. A comfy pub with friendly staff, great live music on weekends and a fun weekly smartphone speed quiz. Only disappointment is that I’m not a huge fan of Joules beer.“
Towey1989 1405 days ago
64 /100 15 ST EDWARD STREET
“A true, old fashioned boozer, personally in need of an update, but it does add to the character of the place. A Whim brewery pub with 3 of their beers and 1 guest, so so quality, and 1 real cider. A huge beer garden with 2 superb music festivals hosted during the year. A huge positive is the jukebox which normally plays great rock and metal music.“
Towey1989 1405 days ago
78 /100 FIRST FLOOR, 70 ST EDWARD STREET
“A quirky cafe bar with a relaxing atmosphere. 4 craft beers on draught and a good selection of bottled/canned beers to drink in and/or takeaway. Great quality food, cakes and coffee. Feels a bit strange sitting in a cafe drinking beer but the clientele are friendly and the owners are passionate and very knowledgeable.“
Towey1989 1405 days ago
78 /100
Den Engel (Bar)
11 STANLEY STREET
“A Belgian Cafe styled bar with 2 seating areas and a pleasant courtyard out back. 15 Belgian beers and 3 craft kegs on draught, plus up to 4 real ales and 2 fridges full of bottles. A little pricey but understandable considering the rarity of the beers. Very relaxed atmosphere.“
Towey1989 1405 days ago
80 /100 18 DERBY STREET
“Built in 1626 and ran by Titanic brewery. A great rustic feel inside with 4 different areas to sit in. A real fire in the snug during winter and a huge beer garden hosting music festivals with a craft beer shed open during summer. Up to 13 real ales with 6 been from Titanic, 4 guest ales and 8 keg craft beers. Also serves pub food and has regular live music acts playing during weekends.“
Towey1989 1405 days ago
80 /100 14 FOUNTAIN STREET
“Recent regional CAMRA pub of the year winner with 8 real ales and 2 real ciders. Salopian Oracle, Bass and Thornbridge Jaipur on permanently. A cosy pub in the winter with 2 real fires, a small beer garden open in he summer and live music on every Sunday. Great service and always busy.“
Towey1989 1405 days ago
80 /100 2 THE SMITHFIELD CENTRE
“Called in this modern micropub to find this is a bar with 4 taps and a well planned bottled beer booklet but no cask ale. We chose a couple of bottles from the American list and found them reasonably priced. They also serve wines and cocktails.“
gillhalfpint 1435 days ago
88 /100 14 FOUNTAIN STREET
“What a great find this was on our visit to Leek with not just an impressive display of real ales across the bar, but ales from some lesser known breweries. We chose Deeply Vale DV8 and Weal Ales Weally Hopper which were both fine. There are different seating areas and a sun terrace at the rear. There is a collection of Good Beer Guides going back to the 70's and the first one is ever so thin compared to those coming out now. Brilliant place to visit.“
gillhalfpint 1435 days ago
66 /100 19 DERBY STREET.
“A bit disappointing to find no guest ales but there was no problem with the Joules Kolkata beer we chose. There are a variety of rooms on different levels,“
gillhalfpint 1435 days ago
80 /100 18 DERBY STREET
“Titanic brewery pub with a good ale selection, mainly from Titanic as would be expected, but we chose and enjoyed Magpie Chainless and Luna Blood Moon. I walked round the bar area through a variety of rooms. There is also an impressive tap beer selection ,“
gillhalfpint 1435 days ago
80 /100
Cobblers (Bar)
1-5 RUSSELL STREET
“Enjoyed our visit to this friendly locals pub which had a decent selection of ales plus Bass. We chose Wincle Rambler.which was very good.“
gillhalfpint 1435 days ago
80 /100 FIRST FLOOR, 70 ST EDWARD STREET
“Enjoyed our visit to this cafe bar which was busy with both cake and coffee customers as well as beer drinkers. 4 key keg beers on tap and we chose beers from Six Degrees North and Torrside and enjoyed both. There was a table and chairs in front of the bar counter and some high seating in front of the window, with corridor seating leading down to 2 smaller rooms. Of interest was the large dresser full of bottles and cans both from local breweries and around the world.“
gillhalfpint 1435 days ago
82 /100 38 ASHBOURNE ROAD
“A small pub which gets busy during weekends. Friendly knowledgable staff and chatty clientele. 5 real ales, 2 regulars (its own beer brewed by Whim and Redwillow Wreckless) 4 keg beers (1 lager and 3 craft beers) and up to 3 ciders. Multiple CAMRA award winner, locally and nationally.“
Towey1989 1528 days ago
80 /100
Den Engel (Bar)
11 STANLEY STREET
“Really nice bar, slap bang in the centre of Leek. There are abt 15 Belgians on tap, plus a few funpacked fridges. Nice atmosphere, although I couldn't make out what music was playing.“
DanielBrown 1603 days ago
70 /100
Cobblers (Bar)
1-5 RUSSELL STREET
“A former Italian restaurant that’s been converted to a pub. 4 well kept real ales, pleasing enough decor and a relaxed vibe. Special mention for the comedy bogs, a urinal in a narrow corridor, so if someone’s in trap 1 you’d have to squeeze past them whilst peeing...there’s also a sit down trap but no door. Very cozy!“
niquillis 2450 days ago
68 /100
Benks (Bar)
39 STOCKWELL STREET,
“Interesting local on the main Ashbourne to Macc road. Feels like a working mans club on decor, 4 hand pulls and at least 1 beer will be from an interesting brewery. Sonnet 43 on this visit. Beer in good nick and there’s a well in the passage on the way to the loos where the pub drew water for it’s own beer once upon a time.“
niquillis 2450 days ago
70 /100 15 ST EDWARD STREET
“Located a couple of doors down from the Wetherspoon towards the top of the main street, this is a real ale pub which constantly rotates, and there’s hardly any room left on its walls with all the used pumps that have made their way on here over the years. This some really old designs for some of the beers that will probably take you down memory lane if you are of a certain age. There’s a couple of rooms to choose from after you enter, with the bar slightly set back against the right hand wall in the first room. Here you’ll find a number of ales from Whim given its their pub, but also several guest ales too. Immediately left of the door that has a heavy spring on it (I witnessed a guy almost hit his wife’s face with it after he let go whilst she wasn’t looking!), is a slightly smaller but decent enough sized drinking room, however mind the step down. Both rooms look a little worn and the furniture certainly is, however it still retains plenty of charm and part of it is the fact it is like this. “
ManVsBeer 2659 days ago
62 /100 2 ST EDWARD STREET
“At the top end of the main street on the t-junction corner, this is an interesting conversion of an older building with a number of different drinking rooms and areas at the front with the largest open area in front of the bar at the back. The decor is modern and plush but works well with the older areas of the building and there’s a really cosy low-ceiling room immediately to the right as you walk in, but only big enough for a handful of tables given it is tiny. There’s some nice works of art of the wall including a large painting of James Brindley in one of the window alcove areas that looks out onto the road at its side. The inner courtyard area is also a lovely place for outdoor drinking. There’s two rows of hand pumps at the bar with a decent enough cask selection to choose from.“
ManVsBeer 2659 days ago
64 /100 19 DERBY STREET.
“Typical Joules pub. Rustic and well renovated. Rather disappointingly only 1 none Joules beer on my visit which was Bass! Got a new tick with a seasonal Joules beer. Will come back next time I’m doing a Leek pub tour but there are better pubs in this town.“
niquillis 2712 days ago
54 /100
Napoli (Restaurant)
9 HIGH STREET
“Smart Italian restaurant which serves 2 real ales, both from Marble on my visit and kept in good order. Food was Ok, but pricey for what it was and the service was very hit and miss.“
niquillis 2800 days ago
76 /100 38 ASHBOURNE ROAD
“Just outside of the town centre on the main Ashbourne road this is a traditional boozer that has been nicely refurbished. Good atmosphere. The house beer is brewed by Whim and the guest beers were interesting. Worth a visit.“
niquillis 2800 days ago
80 /100 14 FOUNTAIN STREET
“Owned by Caldmore Taverns this has been refurbished very nicely to give a cozy feel. Friendly landlord and this place was buzzing. Decent selection of ales with ever changing guests and some standards, apparently they sell a large volume of Bass. Well worth a visit and I thought this was the best pub in Leek.“
niquillis 2800 days ago
74 /100 15 ST EDWARD STREET
“Old fashioned town centre boozer, it’s a bit basic but the atmosphere is good. All Whim ales bar 1 on my visit. It’s a bit musty and the light sensors in the bog are comedy like. If you’re swaying as you pee then the lights will stay on.....if not you’ll be standing in the pitch black with a strange bloke...“
niquillis 2800 days ago
80 /100
Den Engel (Bar)
11 STANLEY STREET
“Belgian style bar in Leek with 2 British cask ales, a selection of Belgian on tap and a huge bottle selection. Prices are a little high in my opinion but it’s unique for the area.“
niquillis 2800 days ago
70 /100 18 DERBY STREET
“Typical Titanic pub with a modern rustic look. Cozy, service was good but the guest ales were a little uninspiring, only 2 of them. Worth popping in if you’re in the area but not worth a special effort.“
niquillis 2800 days ago
70 /100 2 ST EDWARD STREET
“Wetherspoons have done a decent job converting this former hotel. Two large rooms. Decent beer choice with 4 local guests on my visit. Food is the usual Wetherspoon fayre which is poor IMO.“
niquillis 2883 days ago
66 /100 14 FOUNTAIN STREET
“New to the local Real ale scene in 2013 it has been refurbished, opened out and given a general make over. The beers are selected from far and wide with a pretty decent Bass as the only regular. Just off the town centre but only really a 5 minute walk, it is worth seeking out if in Leek.“
imdownthepub 2927 days ago
74 /100 15 ST EDWARD STREET
“Handily placed locals pub within the town centre, old and well used, there is always a good, and loud, atmosphere in here. The Whim ales take up 4 of the 7 hand pumps but the guest ales are from micro breweries far and wide. Well worth a visit.“
imdownthepub 2927 days ago
86 /100
Den Engel (Bar)
11 STANLEY STREET
“This is a classic Belgian bar, placed lovingly in the centre of Leek by the enthusiastic owners. There are many taps with imported beers along with a large selection of well picked Belgian bottled beers and some from further afield. There is a tie with Titanic brewery so one of their permanent beers is always on plus other local guest beers. A must visit bar, particularly on the first Sunday of each month for the Tapas selection.“
imdownthepub 2927 days ago
66 /100 19 DERBY STREET.
“Bright and friendly town centre pub run very efficiently by long standing landlords who have been with Joules from the start. Modernised with sympathy, although a little open and bright for some tastes. Reasonable selection of beers with Joules beers on 3 taps and guests on 2. Virtually opposite The Roebuck.“
imdownthepub 2927 days ago
36 /100 18 DERBY STREET
“'Jul 2020 Rating = 36. Before I spout off about this place I have to say at least it was open post lock down but otherwise what a difference since my last visit. The managers in here have taken a look at the rules and decided to go for completely Nazi regime, you vill not move anywhere until ve say. Stand outside for 10 minutes, even on a quiet Wednesday lunch time and wait to be allowed in and get a manager to check you in. Be walked to a table, not necessarily of your choosing. Don't look at what beers are available we will come and see you and make up a list. It is completely insane and I had to break many rules just to see what they had on as the table staff didn't have a clue. It's hard to say avoid when they are at least open but this has to be the worst interpretation of the new 'normal' that I have seen anywhere and I won't be going back in a hurry. 'Aug 2014 Rating = 70. Old town centre pub recently taken over by Titanic Brewery, there is a healthy mix of Titanic’s own beers, 6 HP on the day, and 3 guest beers. Multi roomed, there was a quiet, hushed buzz about the place on our visit. A good place to visit if in Leek.“
imdownthepub 2927 days ago
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