City Buzz: Leeds city centre’s oldest pub turns 300

Whitelock's manager Dave Herbert and owner Edward Mason. Pic: Tom Joy.
Whitelock's manager Dave Herbert and owner Edward Mason. Pic: Tom Joy.
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LAST week we were talking about how few pubs are left in Leeds city centre.

Luckily, the ones that are left are much-loved and have stood the test of time.

One of the most well-known watering holes is Whitelock’s, and the old favourite is celebrating a staggering 300 years in business,

The Grade II-listed pub is hosting a series of events to mark the occasion, kicking off with a four-day beer festival dedicated to 20 of the best British breweries.

Commemorative glasses will also be on sale, and all beers will be available in a third, two third and pint measures.

Edward Mason, owner of Whitelock’s, said: “How many pubs get to celebrate 300 years? We’re honoured. I first drank in Whitelock’s as an 18 year old and I’m delighted and excited to be the owner all this time later.”

Whitelock’s is the oldest existing pub in Leeds city centre and was first licensed as The Turk’s Head back in 1715.

It was later refurbished in 1886, when John Lupton Whitelock and family took over.

For details about the beer festival, which runs from July 23 to 26, visit the website at www.whitelocksleeds.com or www.facebook.com/whitelocksleeds.

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