Thursday, 23rd July 2015, 17:00 PM - Sunday, 26th July 2015, 00:00 AM

Whitelock’s Ale House in Leeds is turning 300 years old as a licensed pub this year, and are holding a series of special events to celebrate.

The first celebration is a 4-day long festival dedicated to the best of British beer.

First licensed as The Turk’s Head in 1715, Whitelock’s is the oldest existing pub in Leeds City Centre and its original name is reflected in its street address, Turk’s Head Yard.

The pub was refurbished in 1886, when John Lupton Whitelock and family purchased the yard and buildings.

The pub retains the same ornate décor including the original long marble topped bar, etched mirrors, ceramic tiles and glass.

Kicking off the special celebrations, The Whitelock’s Beer Festival will be showcasing guest beers from 20 UK breweries.

The beers will come from across Yorkshire and further afield including the North East, North West and London and include Summer Wine, Magic Rock Brass Castle, Track, Cloudwater, Mad Hatter, Gipsy Hill, Fourpure and The Five Points Brewing Company. 

Specially designed commemorative festival beer glasses celebrating 300 years will be available and all beers will be available in a third, two third and pint measures.

The festival will also showcase the wide range of quality beers available in different formats, including traditional cask, keg and cans.

Edward Mason, Owner of Whitelock’s Ale House, said: “How many pubs get to celebrate 300 years? We are honoured to be hosting the 300th year celebrations of Whitelock’s – and what better way to kick off proceedings than with a celebration of the best of the current British brewing scene.”

“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.”

The full list of breweries and beers is available on the event Facebook page at. Join in here

Thursday 23rd July – From 5pm

Friday 24th July – All day

Saturday 25th July – All day 

Sunday 26th July – All day

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