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September to-do List

A handy guide to what’s on in September

Another month, another to-do list. There’s plenty of cause for celebration this September with the biggest annual drinking festival in the world, a whole week dedicated to our cask ales, a few charity events here and there and the chance to honour our British cuisine...it’s a busy month.

Celebrate British food

On the 17th September - 2nd October the nation will be celebrating our deliciously British Food in celebration of the British Food Fortnight. Across the 2 weeks we are encouraged as a nation to make a conscious effort to seek out British food when doing our weekly shop and when we go out for dinner.

The Leeds Brewery pubs will be celebrating all of their British produce and their local suppliers that deliver fresh British ingredients to the pub’s kitchens every week. As well as the traditional British dishes on the menu all year round such as Leeds Best battered fish and chips, Yorkshire Dales steak and Midnight Bell ale pie or classic Sunday roasts, they will also have specials available across the two weeks. Come and enjoy one of our dishes washed down with a proper British pint.

Oktoberfest...in September

Yes that’s right, Oktoberfest begins in September on Monday 19th. The traditional German festival is an annual celebration of beer, food and merrymaking and takes place for 2 weeks from the 19th September through to the beginning of October. Although the official Oktoberfest is held in Munich, it is celebrated as the largest beer drinking festival in the world, with countries across the globe getting involved.

The event includes traditional German dancing and gallons of beer traditionally served in steins. It’s a great opportunity for people to come together and have a good time - but beware, as a 16 day festival, there is always someone who has one pint too many! The pubs will have some German beers on the bar throughout the fortnight for you to experience, some specials on the menu and live entertainment. Get you lederhosens at the ready...

Have a pint on us

Join us to celebrate Cask Ale Week from 22nd-29th September and get a pint on us. Pick up a stamp card and buy a pint of any of our cask ales in 4 of the 7 Leeds Brewery pubs. Collect stamps as you go and we'll pull your next one for free.

Choose from any 4 of our cask ales; our best selling refreshing session ale Leeds Pale, our golden fruity ale Yorkshire Gold, our classic Yorkshire bitter Leeds Best or our premium dark ale Midnight Bell. Why not try a different one in each pub?    

A great excuse to eat cake

Cake tastes better together! Join The White Swan on Friday 30th September from 9am for the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event for people facing cancer. There will be homemade cakes and coffee with all proceeds going to a fantastic cause.

Last year they raised £25 million and this year aim to raise even more; as a charity close to our hearts we think it’s definitely worth dipping your hand in your pocket to help them achieve this. It’s a great charity and we are are proud to be taking part so if you’re in the city centre on Friday and you fancy a brew and a good wedge of cake then pop into The White Swan just off Briggate.

On your bike

Have you been inspired by the success of this year’s Olympic cyclists? Throw yourself in the deep end and have a crack at the Big Leeds Bike Ride at Roundhay Park. On Sunday 18th September there is a bike ride from Leeds to York to raise money for Leeds Children’s Hospital.

The ride kicks off at Roundhay Park and with a choice of routes 100 miles, 100km or 50km along country roads towards York, so there is something for all abilities. There will be refreshments available at the finish line where you can have a much needed rest and a cool down. The race uses chip-timing so you are able to see your overall time and average speed after crossing the finish line...if you make it that far!

Of course it doesn’t have to be a special occasion to enjoy one of our cask or keg ales. Feel free to ask a member of our team for tasting notes, they will be happy to recommend the one for you. Or you can visit the ‘About the beers’ section on our website. LB