In April 2018, in connection with a terminal redevelopment plan, no less than three new lounges opened at Leeds Bradford airport in England. They are all located in the same area of the terminal, in fact they even share the same reception area.
But which one is the best one? And what are the differences between the lounges? Here are some answers.
The Yorkshire Lounge
The Yorkshire Lounge is the most basic lounge of the three. This is basically the lounge for anyone who wants lounge access at the airport, with everything that comes with it such as some snacks to eat and a pint, a glass of wine or even something stronger to drink, but without paying more than you have to.
The interior is fairly basic and all alcoholic drinks are available from a manned bar. This is typically a lounge aimed at regular holidaymakers and families who want a place to relax before the flight without any excesses.
The White Rose Suite Lounge
The White Rose Suite is the mid option. The design is much nicer than The Yorkshire Lounge, which although modern is a fairly sterile-looking lounge with little on the walls. This lounge has a much more pleasant design and atmosphere. The food selection is not very different from The Yorkshire Lounge but there is a much better bar with a better and wider selection. And they can mix some cocktails for you as well. The apron view is also much better and thanks to the large panorama windows this lounge gets much more natural light.
According to the airport webpage this lounge is aimed at couples and business travellers, which may be fairly accurate.
The 1432 Runway Club
This is the top lounge at Leeds Bradford airport for passengers who want the best possible departure experience. In contrast to the other two lounges no business class boarding pass, gold card or lounge scheme will get you in here. You will need to purchase access, and the cheapest way is to do it in advance. However if you have complimentary access to any of the other lounges you may be able to access this lounge by paying the price difference, at the discretion of the staff and subject to availability of course.
This is the only lounge with a self-service bar where you can help yourself to whatever you want to drink. And there is a good selection, including complimentary prosecco and a decent selection of premium wines and spirits. There is also a self-service buffet with some cold options but you can also order some hot dishes, which are prepared while you wait.
There is also a lounge attendant working in the lounge, taking food orders, clearing tables and chatting with the guests, which means a much better service level. But of course this is also comes at a price, this is the most expensive lounge option.