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A pub with a nationally important historic interior
This pub is taken from the national inventory of historic pub interiors, CAMRA's pioneering effort to identify and help protect the most important historic pub interiors in the country.
YORKSHIRE (WEST) - Leeds, Hunslet, Garden Gate
An historic pub interior of national importance
3 Whitfield Place, Leeds, LS10 2QB
Opening Hours: 12-11 Mon-Fri; 11-11 Sat; 12-11 Sun
Real Ale & Cider: Real Ale
Public Transport: Near Bus Stop
Food: Lunchtime and Evening Meals (12-2, 5-7 Mon-Fri; 12-6 Sat&Sun)
Listed Status: Grade II*
List Entry Number: 1076925
Listing Date: 1972
Hard to find but well worth it since this is probably the jewel in the crown of historic pub architecture in Yorkshire. The Garden Gate is an amazing treasure trove of Edwardian decorative design. Apart from the loss of its original off-sales (on the right), the layout and internal fittings are virtually untouched since 1902–3 when it was rebuilt for a private owner under Stourton architect W. Mason Coggill. It has a relatively traditional small-pub layout with a central through-corridor, a counter in the vaults (front left), and hatch service to the rear left room and corridor, plus a couple of separate rooms on the right. The decoration is resplendent both inside and out and rivals almost any great city ‘drinking palaces’ of the period. Its riches include etched glass with Art Nouveau motifs, lavish tiling, mosaic floors, moulded plasterwork and ornate mahogany fitments. The undoubted highlight is the vaults, a tour de force of the decorative tiler’s art and centering on a magnificent curved ceramic bar-counter – almost certainly a product of Burmantofts of Leeds. It is a sobering thought that, but for action by enlightened local protesters in the early 1970s, this superb pub would have been lost forever to an urban clearance scheme. Positive developments in 2010 were its upgrading to Grade II* listing, following a successful application by CAMRA, and its acquisition by the local Leeds Brewery.