On a big corner site by the fringes of the city centre, the Reliance was a pioneer in changing the face of Leeds’ pubs. It introduced a wide range of international beers from Belgium, Spain and elsewhere, put California's celebrated Anchor Steam on draught, and added a rotating list of local ales (including their own Reliance Bitter) to bottles ranging from Chinese Tsing-Tao to Weston's dry cider. It has a respectable wine list too, plus sofas for reading the papers and a mismatch of old tables if you fancy a bite to eat. Lunch brings soup, sandwiches, ploughman’s and bangers, while evening menus go up a gear for the likes of saffron-braised grey mullet with smoked paprika aïoli. Even so, the Reliance remains true to its mission statement: ‘at heart, an informal pub’.