The Reliance


SquareMeal Review of The Reliance

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, selected by The Reliance’s sister wine shop and bar Wayward Wines, plus various hot and soft drinks that are ideal for those stopping by to read the papers on the comfy sofas in the morning.

For something a little more filling, head to the dining room, where lunch and dinner is served daily. The space is fairly non-descript – wooden floors, plain walls and a mismatch of old tables – but it’s bright, airy and comfortable enough. Lunch brings the likes of soup, sandwiches, ploughman’s and bangers, while evening menus go up a gear for the likes of saffron-braised grey mullet with smoked paprika aioli, Toulouse sausage with braised lentils and a herb crumb, and Old spot pork belly served with Koffmann cabbage and pickled rhubarb. There are also various small plates, including homemade charcuterie made with Yorkshire rare breed pork, and a couple of options that are suitable for vegetarian and vegan diners. Seasonal puds such as rhubarb fool and trifle provide a sweet end to meals.

In spite of the upmarket food and drink on offer, the Reliance remains true to its mission statement: ‘at heart, an informal pub’, particularly when you consider its traditional pub quiz, which takes place every Sunday. There’s also a private dining room available for meetings and events and a small cinema hosted by Film Fringe. Regular movie nights take place here and the screening room is available for private hire as well.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Vegan options, Vegetarian options
Food Hygiene Rating

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Location for The Reliance

76-78 North Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7PN

0113 295 6060


Opening Times

Mon 12:00-16:00
Tue 12:00-16:00
Wed 12:00-16:00
Thu 12:00-16:00
Fri 12:00-16:00
Sat 12:00-16:00
Sun 12:00-20:30
Mon 17:00-22:00
Tue 17:00-22:00
Wed 17:00-22:00
Thu 17:00-22:30
Fri 17:00-22:30
Sat 17:00-22:30
Sun Closed

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