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“Cheap but not great”
Review of MFA Bowl Leeds

MFA Bowl Leeds
Ranked #45 of 49 Fun & Games in Leeds
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Leeds MFA bowling centre has been around since the 1960's where it was once the biggest bowling centre on one level in Europe. The centre has hosted many prestige tournaments over the years and has a long running affiliation with bowling leagues ranging form the YBC (Youth Bowling Club) to the Seniors who bowl here every Friday. The centre has changed hands over the years and now is owned by MFA Bowl since 2011. We have only just installed the latest craze from Italy, FootBowl. We have the exclusive rights and Leeds has the very first one.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Lockers / storage, Activities for older children
Reviewed November 25, 2012

We went here on the adult party package - £14 a head for two games of bowling, 'food' and two drinks each. Compared to tenpin prices this is cheap but overall the experience wasn't that good. The lane kept jamming and during our 2nd game totally stopped working. They moved us to another lane which worked better but we did have to start the game again. That said they gave us all another free drink each when we spoke to the manager after getting palmed off by the lady on reception. The drinks were fine, a pint of cider, lager, and some bottles/soft drinks. The food was OK at best - a few garlic mushrooms, chicken wings, onion rings and literally what seemed like a bag of curly fries on one large plate. It was OK and hot, but nothing much. The place was clean though unlike some other reviews.

I would say if the lanes worked it would be OK value but it did get a bit annoying having to constantly get help, which wasn't all that quick to arrive either.

3  Thank chammp
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

Went with family with a Living Social Voucher bowling for 4 and cheesey chips. First impressions from entering was "dated" looks shoddy and in serious need of a makeover. Eating/cooking area looked dirty, fridge doors etc dirty marks looks like the whole cooking area should be ripped out and new installed. Will not be returning.

1  Thank Pyne186411
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Reviewed October 31, 2012

I went with a living social deal....... thought I would give it ago, never again. The place was dirty, the there was no were to put your things ie no bench down the middle of the lane, only 3 seats. The markings had been rubbed of the board to set the game up, and no instructions, there was only 1 staff member at one point so to get started took ages, there was a poor selection of bowling balls, Our deal included chips.... the girl at the counter was nice and helpful, but then the girl from the booking desk came along and started to eat the chips in the basket with her fingers, what she left was tipped into a dish and given to us.

All in all very disappointing not even worth the voucher deal.

4  Thank kaz7600
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

Upon opening the door to the bowling alley you are greeted by a musty, mouldy smell like an old persons home, it's horrible. Upon this first impression most people with common sense would walk straight out but sadly I decided not to. We stood infront of the desk for 40seconds before the the receptionist decided to look up from whatever she was doing and greeted us with a surly 'yeah?'. Clearly she was very busy, ran off her feet - oh wait no, the place was empty expect for us. We paid for two games of bowling which only cost us £10 which to be honest is a good price. She handed us our bowling shoes which were literally falling apart and stunk and we went on our merry way.

Everything about the place is disgusting. From the unmanned bar to the food counter and everything in between it is grotty, rundown and dirty. It's the sort of place where you don't want to touch anything for fear of being contaminated with something. There were two other staff 'working' and by working I mean having a game of bowling and occasionally pushing a floor cleaner up and down the lanes. I went and asked one of them for assistance with setting up the games of bowling (didn't fancy another minutes wait for the girl on reception to acknowledge me) and he seemed disgusted to be asked for help.

Seriously never, ever go bowling here if you can avoid it.

5  Thank JayJayBee123
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Reviewed August 8, 2012

I went to 1st bowl leeds today with a couple of friends and their children. We got a fantastic deal on Living Social so didnt pay a great deal for 2 games. I was severely disappointed by this place. It is very run down, a couple of the lanes dont work and while we were there infact ours broke mid game so we had to move. The whole place has a dirty feel to it and I started to feel very sorry for the lady behind the desk who was fielding patrons questions, she did her best but she had to fix lanes, give out shoes and collect money in.
The toilet looked as though no one had cleaned them that day or the day before. Toilet paper all over the floor, none actually in the stalls to use. The toilets themselves had been over used and not cleaned I wont say what was stuck to the inside of the bowl itself but you can imagine. The cheesy chips we had were of a very low quality and all but one of the types of drinks was stocked in the drinks machine.
This bowling alley could be really good if someone spent some time and money on it. But do yourself a favour and go to the one on Kirkstall rd (thats the one we usually go to) it has a much nicer feel to it.

2  Thank DanielleLeeds
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