Reader’s Letter: I learnt more about Pudsey while visiting than when I lived there

Pudsey Park will host one event. Photo: John Baron/

It is fair to say I knew very little about Pudsey. In fact, I only bought a flat there as a friend had moved there from Leeds and recommended it to me.

Shortly after visiting him I moved from Headingley to Pudsey, purchasing what was to be my first home.

This was some 16 years ago or so and I only lived there a short while before moving to Beverley.

At the time of that move I was hoping to sell the flat, but I never did. Since then it has been rented out and I have had no need to return to Pudsey.

This all changed this year. Following a tenant leaving I and my good lady spent many days there through January and February cleaning up the flat.

It was while there we discovered so much more about this little town. Like Beverley, it is a historic market town, something I had no idea about. We were very impressed with the facilities and various places you could eat.

I fell in love with the Marsh Inn – I had only been in there once before yet now I feel I missed out on what is a superb local pub with amazing food at very fair prices.

On the subject of food, I have to also a say that the fish and chips were right up there with the best I have had. Not to mention the curry house Shenaaz, which we visited on numerous occasions. Their food was that good we have told friends who are planning on driving over to West Yorkshire to try it out.

Furthermore, the people in the town we crossed paths with were all great. In the many days we spent there we did not come across or face any issues. In fact, we both felt as a community Pudsey was very warm and welcoming.

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The World’s End, Pudsey

Since our time there is over and I have returned to my current home I have been looking into Pudsey. I was sad to learn the news yesterday about the Worlds End pub closing, but this is something we are seeing happen in our market town.

It appears to me that many of issues and also the benefits Pudsey has to offer or faces are similar to what we face in Beverley as a community.

It is my view that Pudsey has a lot to offer, not just to those living there but also to those who want to visit a place that has some history. I am not clear what events they host on a regular basis, though I do feel some of the events we have in Beverley would work well there.

Unlike last time we will not be leaving it as long before we return. I certainly want to go back for another curry. While I also want to go back for a pint and meal in Marsh, it really is a little gem.

– Paul Smith, Beverley


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