A Leeds pub steeped in history and tradition that has gone unloved of late is finally set to receive a spot of much-needed TLC. The Wellington, formally known as The Central due to its location alongside Leeds’ old train station that closed in 1967, has been snapped up by the owner of two local bars and hotels with an aim to be fully renovated, up and running by the end of October.
After a string of owners came and went, leaving its future in doubt, it is perhaps fitting that the pub is set to see local brews and quality food being served within its walls once more. It was the birthplace of the Leeds branch of the Campaign For Real Ale (CAMRA) in 1974 and fear not Leeds Christmas party lovers, for it will also be including a top-notch wine list and be offering stunning private festive events!
The Central was a seriously popular place in its heyday, drawing in large crowds for its Sunday lunchtime live jazz sessions and extensive list of beverages, a first for the area.
New owner Mr Cuddy says: “I called in there because my brother’s band was playing six months ago and they were only selling Budweiser and white wine so I could see it was going wrong.
“There was hardly any stock and just three lads behind the bar drinking beer – there was an air of something wrong.”
He said the business’ renewed focus on food will see it serve breakfast, lunch and dinner along with a fresh selection of real ales, lagers, cocktails and spirits.
“I would say it’s going to be a gastro pub, a lot of influence will be on the food side of things,” he exclaimed.
Those looking to take advantage of good food, drink and a historic setting for their Eventa staff Christmas party in Leeds this year would do well to consider The Central.