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“Unreliable lanes”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of MFA Bowl Leeds

MFA Bowl Leeds
Ranked #43 of 44 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. The centre is currently in a transition phase and new pool tables and Sky/BT Sports will be installed. 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 older children, Lockers / storage, Activities for young children
Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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212 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“Unreliable lanes”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2013

I had a couple of games last night with a large group of work colleagues. The place feels a bit grubby and could do with an overhaul. On top of that the most frustrating thing and the reason for my low score is the fact that the lanes continually broke down. It must have happened eight or nine times in our two games and is the worst reliability I've ever seen at a bowling alley. The staff did what they could but it really slowed us down and was a real pain.

Visited May 2013
Thank Richard W
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English first
Dartmoor National Park, United Kingdom
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1,297 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4,250 helpful votes
“Cheap but not great”
2 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited November 2012
3 Thank chammp
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“Seen better days”
2 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited November 2012
1 Thank Pyne186411
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited October 2012
4 Thank kaz7600
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
“Worst bowling alley I've ever been to”
1 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited October 2012
5 Thank JayJayBee123
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