Review of The Yorkshire Premier Lounge at Leeds Bradford Airport

This is our review of The Yorkshire Premier Lounge at Leeds Bradford Airport.

This is part of our series of reviews of airport lounges across the UK.  You see all of the reviews here.

Reader James kindly sent in this review of the Yorkshire Premier lounge at Leeds Bradford Airport.  Take it away James ….

Review of The Yorkshire Premier Lounge at Leeds Bradford Airport

“The Yorkshire Premier Lounge is owned and operated by the airport and is not part of any larger group such as Aspire, Plaza Premium or No 1 Lounges.

Access is available to:

oneworld Sapphire and above when flying BA
Skyteam Elite Plus when flying KLM
Priority Pass
Lounge Club
DragonPass
Institute of Directors members
Various airlines by ticket class (e.g. BA UK Business)
Walk-up or pre-booked paid entry (£21)

The walk-up offer is heavily promoted around the airport. Pretty much every screen that is not being used for another purpose shows ads for the lounge.

During busy times, members of Priority Pass, Lounge Club and DragonPass are often turned away – much to their annoyance – according to the member of staff I quizzed for this post.

Access is limited to two hours, although I’m never quite sure how – or even if – lounges police these policies.

Layout

The lounge has two sides – Business and Leisure. As a solo traveller or couple / small group of adults you can use either. But larger groups (4+) and those with children cannot use the Business side, which they try to keep quieter and more conducive to working.

Review of The Yorkshire Premier Lounge at Leeds Bradford Airport

Parties of seven or more adults must receive prior authorisation before booking and stag / hen parties are not allowed at all. The lounge enforces a ‘smart casual’ dress code.

The Leisure side has a more open feel, mostly due to the glass wall that looks out over the terminal on one side and windows overlooking the apron on the other. This makes it much brighter than the Business side, which has no windows or natural light whatsoever.

Review of The Yorkshire Premier Lounge at Leeds Bradford Airport

The food and drink is identical on both sides, the only difference being that in the summer the bar in the Leisure side is staffed.

Review of The Yorkshire Premier Lounge at Leeds Bradford Airport

Food and drink

There’s a reasonable selection and the quality is generally good – at least as good as anything I’ve ever had in a BA Galleries lounge.

They serve bacon baps, cereal, Yeo Valley yoghurt, fruit, toast, pastries at breakfast time, and a wider selection from 11:00. On the day I visited at lunchtime they were serving huge slabs of pork pie (I’m ashamed to say I managed to eat an entire slice), green salad, pasta salad, cous cous, quiche (hot and cold), pigs in blankets and vegetable soup.

Review of The Yorkshire Premier Lounge at Leeds Bradford Airport

Snacks such as crisps, biscuits, pastries are served all day.  You would not go hungry in this lounge.

Review of The Yorkshire Premier Lounge at Leeds Bradford Airport

The self-service bar offers a small selection of standard spirits, wine, and beer. The Business side bar is hidden away at the back so easy to miss. The bar in the Leisure area is easier to find and, I suspect, gets very well used!

Review of The Yorkshire Premier Lounge at Leeds Bradford Airport

Prosecco and Champagne are available for an additional charge.

Review of The Yorkshire Premier Lounge at Leeds Bradford Airport

Staff

I’ve always found the staff to be friendly and helpful. The food and drinks are replenished regularly and the place is kept pretty clean.

Information

There are large TV screens in each area, which always seem tuned to Sky News.  Each area has flight display screens and boarding announcements for all airlines are made in this lounge.

The range of magazines and newspapers is pretty reasonable:

Review of The Yorkshire Premier Lounge at Leeds Bradford Airport

The downsides

The lounge does not have any toilets. If nature calls, you need to use the facilities in the main terminal. The nearest toilets are opposite the lounge entrance but are currently closed for a (much needed) refurbishment. It’s a short trek to the nearest alternative, although as the airport is so small it’s no great hardship.

I find the Business side of the lounge gloomy and claustrophobic due to the lack of windows but until today I hadn’t realised that you can use either side.

In future, I may well prefer the Leisure side even though it’s a bit of a goldfish bowl with the glass wall dividing it from the main terminal.  I can imagine it could get quite rowdy during peak leisure travel periods.

Conclusion

One of the attractions of Leeds Bradford Airport is its size, which means it’s usually very fast from check-in to gate. There’s no real need to be in the terminal for a long time and you may feel it’s not worth paying for lounge access. However, with every seat in the main terminal made of solid metal with no padding, the Yorkshire Premier Lounge a definitely a more comfortable alternative.

If you were hungry and had a couple of drinks you would probably recoup the entry fee – especially so if you’re a member of Priority Pass, Lounge Club, etc. Even the walk-up fee would probably be justified. And of course, if you have free access it’s a no-brainer.”

If you want to book access to The Yorkshire Premier Lounge in advance, you can do so via LoungePass here.

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Comments

  1. Hingeless says:

    When the BA flights started a few years ago they had a dedicated BA section of the business lounge with a little rope at the far back of the lounge. They had a fridge with better booze, and the staff came around all the time checking that you where flying BA. This didn’t last too long

    They really need to sort out the toilet issue in this lounge.

    I started a trip to Australia from Leeds in BA F, the check in agent said “get you” when she noticed it was First!

  2. A smart casual dress code??? Who the hell are these people to dictate how I should dress if I want to use a PP lounge card? Sounds another excuse to refuse you.

    Seen “reserved” cards on a load of lounges in recent times, with those spots never getting filled in the two hours I’ve been in that lounge. Starting to feel a bit of a scam, selling you a card for free access and then finding reasons to refuse entry….

    • “The lounge enforces a ‘smart casual’ dress code.”

      For any flight, why would anyone wear anything other than tracky bottoms?

      • Mark…I think I’d look very stupid turning up for many of the meetings I fly in and out of Leeds Bradford for, in a tracksuit…

        Not everyone flies just for holiday, you know!

    • czechoslovakia says:

      Manchesters` Aspire lounge uses the same trick. Last 3 flights I`ve been turned away when presenting my PP card – until I showed the LH/LX Biz Boarding Card (sad, I know, but preferred to get max value out of PP). The lounge was half empty every time whilst I was there. Booked 10 returns yesterday, all *A, all in Biz, and cancelled the PP card altogether.

  3. I use this lounge often with a PP card and I have never been turned away. foe me, it’s big plus is the actual availabilty of a seat, which cannot always be said for the rest of the airport.

  4. LBA needs this lounge, if you don’t have access to the lounge it’s hard to find a seat…

    I had my card to get into the lounge, but due to delays i only had 10 minutes in the lounge and they did not even bother to scan my card (they said you have just enough time for a coffee and something to eat)…

    I like the lounge, for the size of the airport it’s good…. tbh it’s better than some of the ones in MAN…

    • Got agree with that. Used it a few times and always decent. Much better than the Galleries in Manchester

  5. Graham Bruines says:

    Was there in August 2016, the food was appalling, soggy microwaved saysage rolls ALL afternoon, bo baps or sandwiches, for true revues check trip advisor, i have been many times over the past few years but last year was terrible, when we complained to a member of staff he shrugged his shoulders and said thats how it was now. Save your money and go to Burger King, we will be next time.

  6. I used this lounge flying home to BHD for Christmas and found it great! Used one of my Amex Gold associated Lounge Club free passes without question and found staff very helpful and friendly. I was getting breakfast and was about to take the last bacon bap when the member of staff said, “I was about to throw those in the bin they’ve been there for ages, let me make you some fresh ones.” Next thing I know I’m getting TWO fresh bacon baps delivered to my table. Great selection of food and drink. Thumbs up from me!