Leeds’ oldest pub has been closed for six-and-a-half-months, a record in its 306 year history, so there’s every reason to make the first week one of celebrations.
Visitors can enjoy Yorkshire’s own independent local brews, with an unrivalled selection of craft beer and ales, gins, ciders, coffee and pub food classics.
Whitelock’s Owner, Ed Mason, had this to say ahead of the re-launch:
“We have been closed since October, and this is the first time in the pub’s 300-years that we’ve been shut for so long. It’s been a tough few months for everyone, and we thought what better way to re-open than with a celebration of all that is great about the region’s independent drinks businesses. Whitelock’s has always thrived serving the workers and shoppers in the heart of Leeds City Centre, and we are delighted to be able to safely welcome people back as the City comes out of lockdown.”
Sister bar The Turk’s Head will team up with Whitelock’s in a celebration lasting until 23 May, featuring guest beers from: Northern Monk, Kirkstall Brewery and Anthology, and from further afield in Yorkshire including Zapato, Roosters and Abbeydale. If you’re a discerning lover of beer, then you need go no further.
Three centuries of pouring pints (that’s a lot of beer!) has seen Whitelock’s pioneer the installation of electricity in pubs in Leeds and in 1967, the building became Grade II listed.
Other Sources of Pleasure!
Whittakers of Nidderdale will provide some of their acclaimed gins and Sloemotion will add sloe gin and some new flavours. Field & Fawcett wine merchants will supply an impressive selection of whites and reds, whilst coffee and tea will come from Maude Coffee Roasters and Bird House respectively. Whisky lovers will be pleased to know that their tipple is coming from Filey Bay.
Those familiar with Whitelock’s range of Yorkshire pub classics will no doubt know that their ingredients are sourced from local suppliers at Kirkgate Market. Fish & Chips are always a favourite, and there’s a vegan version using Banana Blossom and nori, which is fast becoming popular. Expect a range of specials for the occasion.
Address – Turk’s Head Yard, Leeds LS1 6HB. Website – www.whitelocksleeds.com
Feature photograph: Ed Mason and Operations Manager Dave Herbert. Photograph by JMA Photography.