Leeds Pub Quizzes: The Adelphi

When: Tuesdays at 8pm

Where: The Adelphi,Hunslet Road,Leeds

The cost of a round: £10.90 for a gin and tonic, a pint of Leeds Pale, an orange juice and a sparkling water.

The quality of the crisps: Salty Dogs in a variety of flavours including chicken tikka, sweet chilli and strong cheddar and onion along with your usual suspects. Top notch and a huge hit.

The cost to enter: 50p per person

The questions: Four rounds of ten questions, each on a different theme, with another ten questions in the picture round. The themes vary pleasantly, and this time included famous cats, film quotes and religion. The film quotes were difficult in a desperately frustrating way (‘I’ve heard that voice before, who the hell is it?!’) while the current affairs just required a fairly sound knowledge of the news. Which we did not have!

The experience: This is where the Adelphi let us down, unfortunately. The only table we could find, despite arriving 30 minutes early, was in a dark, dingy corner with no light at all. We were given two tea lights to see by, but still had to use our phones to light the pictures so we could even start guessing who they were. The table next to us seemed nice enough until the answers were read out, at which point they let out an earsplitting ‘BBRRRAAAAPPPP’ after every answer. (I don’t know, apparently it’s something the kids are doing?) Finally, at the table opposite was a man who stared almost non-stop at us throughout the entire quiz which made us quite uncomfortable. Whether it was an attempt to cheat or a very misguided effort at flirting, I don’t know. All in all, we finished the quiz feeling more like we’d been working than like we’d had a few drinks with some mates. Yet I can’t help but think that this was an experience very specific to this visit: I’m quite tempted to give it another go, sat in a lighted room and hopefully near more balanced competitors. I suspect I’d enjoy myself a great deal more. On the plus side, the quizmaster had buckets of personality and excellent diction, so not all was lost.

The verdict: This quiz has potential, and excellent crisps. The pub has overall a nice atmosphere and some impressive bar snacks, but it was spoiled by the (lack of) lighting and our rowdy neighbours. 3/5


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