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Whitelock’s Ale House Is at the Heart of Leeds and Its Story

From our Love Handles files on beer bars we love: The two-centuries-old Whitelock’s Ale House is the jewel in the beer crown of Leeds, England.

Stephen Carter May 21, 2023 - 2 min read

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What it is: The oldest pub in Leeds also happens to be a veritable haven of craft beer and real ale, nestled in the epicenter of the city’s shopping district. Countless places have come and gone since Whitelock’s first opened its doors in 1715, yet this pub with its marble-and-copper-topped bar endures as a quintessential British pub. Boasting a range of 12 quality keg beers, the four rotating cask lines are where the pub truly shines. You’d be hard-pressed to find a better hand-pulled pint in the city. Receiving the royal seal of approval from the Duke of Kent, Whitelock’s is the jewel in Leeds’ beer crown.

Why it’s great: Whitelock’s is a proper pub in its purest form—it looks like one, smells like one, and it doesn’t pretend to be anything else. From its mirror-clad walls to Leeds’ first ever electric clock, you can’t help but sit in awe at the history in which you’ve immersed yourself. Drinkers of all tastes, backgrounds, and ages mix harmoniously inside and out, while aromas from the home-cooked menu drift slowly from a stained-glass serving hatch. As a former luncheon club in the mid-1890s, it’s only fitting that both beer and food continue to be served in this distillation of British drinking culture.

Hours: 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Sunday–Wednesday; 11 a.m.–midnight, Thursday–Saturday
Address: Whitelock’s Ale House, Turk’s Head Yard, Leeds, England

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