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Whitelock's Ale House celebrates 300th birthday with a best of British brewing festival

Written by
Shaun Curnow

Hangovers definitely get worse with age but some can cope better than others. As the oldest existing pub in Leeds, Whitelock's Ale House clearly has a stronger constitution than most, as it plans to celebrate turning 300 years old with a four-day beer festival.

Originally known as the Turk's Head in 1715 – so called because of its address on Turk's Head Yard – the pub underwent a refurbishment in 1886, when John Lupton Whitelock and family purchased the yard and buildings. Today, the now Grade II listed building retains much of the ornate decor from the time, including the original marble topped bar and etched mirrors.

The pub will be kicking off the special celebrations on July 23 with the Whitelock's Beer Festival, an event that will showcase guest beers from 20 UK breweries.

From the Yorkshire area, this will include Kirkstall Brewery, Ilkley Brewery, Magic Rock Brewing, Brass Castle Brewery, Great Heck Brewing, Summer Wine Brewery, Sunbeam Ales and Vocation Brewery.

Representing the North East will be Wylam Brewery, with Mad Hatter Brewing, ShinDigger Brewing, Alphabet Brewing, Cloudwater Brew, Squawk Brewing and Track Brewing coming from the North West.

Gipsy Hill Brewing, Hammerton Brewery, Orbit Beers, Fourpure Brewing and The Five Points Brewing Company will be representing London.

All the beers will be available in third, two-third and pint measures, served in specially designed commemorative beer glasses. The festival will also showcase beers in traditional casks, kegs and cans.  

Whitelock's Ale House Beer Festival, July 23 (from 5pm), July 24-26 (all day), Whitelock's Ale House, Turk's Head Road, LS1 6HB. For more details and a full list of the beers that will available, check Whitelock's Facebook page. 

Read more about the local breweries in Leeds.

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