Leeds’ oldest pub has been recognised for its historic interior along with ten other pubs across the UK. Whitelock’s Ale House in the city centre has been upgraded from a Grade II to the second-highest grade, Grade II* by the government.
Historic England said the interior of the pub helps to “tell the fascinating story of pubs over the centuries and how they reflected society”. The Leeds pub was upgraded along with pubs across London, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Suffolk and Lancashire.
We love Whitelock’s quirky tiled interior is like stepping back in time. Even more so by the fact that it’s located just off Leeds’ busiest shopping street Briggate. You can take a side alley off the high street back in time to the busy pub of Whitelock’s.
Whitelock’s Ale House The pubs, plus a pair of cast-iron lamps, have been listed, upgraded or relisted as part of this project.
The tiny ale house serves an array of fantastic ales and is known as a place where you will always end up meeting someone new due to the old-style fixed bench seating arrangements. The walls are adorned with brass barley-twist columns, stained-glass windows, an abundance of mirrors along with the rare ceramic-tiled bar counter.
The restaurant area of Whitelock’s is a classic example of a late-19th century luncheon bar. And, we must say its Sunday Roast looks absolutely amazing.
Whitelock’s dates back to 1715 and was one of 11 pubs that were put forward by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) Pub Heritage Group as part of an ongoing collaboration with Historic England to maintain and protect historic pubs.