What a magical night we had at our first Pudsey & West Leeds cake club of the year on Monday 15 February 2016 when we held our Once upon a time… Fairy Tale event at Kirkstall Bridge Inn on the outskirts of Leeds.
Magical because of the theme but also because thanks to great Community support this pub has survived the 2015 Boxing Day flood. The room we were in has been cleaned, dried and made a perfect bar again.
You may have seen a photo hit the national newsreels in mid November 2015 when the first floods hit the River Aire at Kirkstall… this was the beer garden at Kirkstall Bridge Inn. When the wind and rain hit at Christmas 2015 we were away in Northumbria and couldn’t believe the photos we were seeing of Kirkstall on social media as well as the National News. I’m Leeds born and bred and I’ve never seen the River Aire be so angry. I’m still shocked when I see photos showing Kirkstall Road as an extension of the river. I lived in Otley most of my life and have often seen the River Wharfe split the town in two or almost been stranded at the wrong side of the river, but I’ve never seen the River Aire flood excessively. Crazy mad weather! Just proves man really isn’t in control!
This is the downstairs bar we were in for our event, flooded and a work in progress.
Once again I was amazed by the cakes on the night. This was a theme that made everyone’s imagination go wild! Thank you guys!
A huge thank you to the Management, Chef and Staff for letting us hold Clandestine Cake Club at Kirkstall Bridge Inn, we hope you’ll let us come back again soon 🙂
Kirkstall Bridge Inn
12 Bridge Road
Website for Kirkstall Bridge Inn.
@KirkstallBridge on Twitter
The photos of the floods were borrowed from the pub’s Twitter feed.
My Carrot Cake pirate ship bundt was made using a recipe from Holly Farrell’s ‘Grow Your Own Cake – Recipes From Plot To Plate’ available from Amazon.