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If you happen to be in Leeds and have an hour or so to spare why not take a trip out to the Burley St Brewery tap and sample what they have to offer, I called in last week and was pleasantly surprised.

For those unfamiliar with the place it is a reincarnation of the old Fox & Newt Brewery, brewing on the same premises at the pub. Since the old F & N days, it has has has several different guises and often the beer there has been less than perfect, but on my visit they seem to have got a brewery that has got it right.

It is fairly easy to get to, about a 10 minute walk from the town centre down the Headrow in the direction of the Magistrates Court and keep walking towards Park Lane College, or the less energetic could catch the no 49/50 buses that stop almost outside.

The pub itself is a two level affair with plenty of comfortable seating in the lower part, and wooden chairs in the upper level around tables. The only draw back was the over loud music. Ok at night time but a bit intrusive for a lunchtime drink. It is open at 12 noon and does serve food. On the small bar I found the 3 staple beers from the pub brewery along with a few guests, that seem to cover every sort of beer taste. The house beer was competitively priced around £2 a pint which for Leeds is very good.

On my visit there was their 'Monza Mild' at 3.5%, a mid brown mild, inoffensive and quite tasty; 'The Brickyard', a 3.7% bitter, which reminded me of the old style of Yorkshire bitter, a bit darker than I like but still very drinkable; and their lighter 'Laguna Secca' which came in at 4.0% and was my personal favourite, even though I have no idea what the name means. In addition, there were other guest beers but except for a Saltaire offering I cannot recall what they were on my visit.

If you have a bit of time to spare, then I would suggest you call in. It is certainly different to other Leeds pubs and value for money as I have said, and is well worth the walk.