The team behind the oldest pub in Leeds, Whitelock’s Ale House have announced they have purchased their third pub which plans to serve up tasty Detroit-style pizza and great ales.
The pub in question is the East of Arcadia Bar which opened in Meanwood back in 2010, and is a well-established pub in the area. The acquisition will be the company’s third pub that is steeped in history with The Turk’s Head.
They will shut the pub, which is the largest in Meanwood, in September for a £150,000 renovation which will add a new bar and seating area with a capacity for 160 guests. The pub is set to open in October with a new name the Meanwood Tavern.
Well Oiled, who serves up Detroit-style pizza baked in unique rectangular steel pans from the states, is set to take up residency in the newly renovated pub.
You can enjoy the focaccia-style dough with a range of toppings such as the Full Spec, with Trealy Farm fennel salami, whipped ricotta, hot honey and pepper mash, as well as garlic donut bread with a whole burrata centre, filled with turbo chimichurri.
Whitelock’s managing owner Ed Mason said: “We are excited about our expansion to Meanwood and the acquisition of this high profile pub.
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“We want to bring our Whitelock’s values of a warm friendly welcome, convivial atmosphere, excellent quality beers and a commitment to local and independent food and drink suppliers.
“We want to serve a diverse local community where everyone feels welcome.
“The past two years have been very difficult for all hospitality businesses, but we are seeing demand at both Whitelock’s and Five Points Brewing bounce back strongly.
“Despite the challenges around cost of living at the moment we believe that people see and value a trip to the pub and a good quality pint as an affordable treat.”
Well Oiled’s founder James Newman said: “Following two years of development and pop ups, we couldn’t think of a better partnership than the Whitelock’s team and brand to launch Well Oiled.
“Meanwood already has a great foodie reputation with the likes of Zucco and Hana Matsuri, so we’re looking forward to building upon this with a stand out pizza and beer offering.”