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by Ian Marshall (subscribe)
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Published January 3rd 2013
Fine stew and ales by the canal on the Calls
Sign, Calls Landing, Stew & Oyster, Pub, Theakstons, Leeds, The Calls
Calls Landing

On a visit to the Royal Armouries in Leeds, we took a wander along the canal to find somewhere for a spot of lunch. After finding a bridge to cross to the trendy "Calls", we found a suitable looking place for a pint and some stew.

The Calls Landing is tucked away with not much in the way of signage on the outside of what is presumably a listed building. Most of the establishments down here appear low-key from the outside.

On entering though, we wandered around looking for a table with suitable levels of lighting, table height and close enough to the window so that we could look out at the canal.

There was another rather funky looking section at the back as well, which was better lit and had some interesting art work on the wall.

Calls Landing, tables, pub, Leeds
Funky back section

Funky Back section, Calls Landing, Pub, tables, Leeds
Funky back section Part 2

In the front by the canal though, we sat down with a couple of pints of real ale and the papers to catch up on what was going on while we waited for our stews.

Papers, Calls Landing, Ale, Pub, Leeds,
Gray reading the papers

Sophie tried the rather floral Elizabeth Rose - a beer for a lady if ever I tasted one, while Gray and I had a more nutty brew. They were both good and although this place seems to be a Theakston's pub ,they have guest ales from various breweries it seems.

Ales, Calls Landing, Pub, Leeds
Our Ales

There were 10 stews on the chalk board, although 2 weren't available when we went. These apparently change with the season. We went for a Oyster Beef and ale stew and a Cumberland sausage variety.

Beef Stew, Calls Landing, Pub, Leeds
Beef Stew

The beef contained more vegetables and variety while the sausage was tasty and the jus (or I believe up here they call it gravy) was rich and moreish. The hunk of bread that came with each was hearty for soaking up the sauce and we were all satisfied (in fact, stuffed and on the verge of food-coma) by the time we finished.

Cumberland Sausage, Stew, Calls Landing, Leeds, Pub
Cumberland Sausage Stew

There were a few little things that could be improved, lipstick on a pint pot, fake nails on our seat and the absence of Dave's Big Fish Stew or the mulled cider, both of which sounded delicious. The cider was being warmed up when we got there but took an hour.

Despite these things, we enjoyed our lunch and I think we managed to find a good spot.

Candles, window ledge, canal, Calls Landing, Leeds
Candles in the window ledge
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Why? Variety of stews, ales and oysters
When: Sunday - Thursday: 12pm - 11pm Friday - Saturday: 12pm - 1am
Phone: 0113 242 5299
Where: The Calls, Leeds
Cost: £6.95 for a stew
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