Whitelock’s is an old, original type of English Pub. Hidden away in the centre of the City of Leeds,West Yorkshire. As young men we used to go there for a couple of hours every Saturday night after work, we only had two pints and then home. The idea was to talk and joke away the weeks stresses, we called it ‘ Choir Practice’.


clarty – dry or sticky

Ginnel – alley,snicket

No3 – dark ale

India Pale Ale – light coloured,strong,heavily hopped beer

Puds – Yorkshire Pudding always with onion gravy. Savoury batter baked Pudding.

Dog-eared – tatty,ragged,frayed at the edged


A genuine English pub should be classed as one of those rare breeds,

as these days there are few around, it’s lucky that this Gem in Leeds

can even now be found.

Stretching out along the yard, dark Ginnels guard it from each end.

A secret Oasis of fine Ale, a haven where strangers you’ll befriend

from city, town or dale.

Dark and regal inside defying the constant onslaught of time

worn copper slop trays, rest beneath a yellowed ceiling’s grime,

tell of it’s glory days.

An old lad in the corner who’ll talk to you for a pint of India Pale,

looking dog-eared, he gets so clarty he hints, when telling his tale,

froth clinging to his beard

Another plate of Puds & Gravy hurries to the hungry corner table

by a waitress in black & white. This place abhors the theme label,

with it’s corporate blight.

No3 is drawn by ceramic hand pumps, and with full glass held high,

is examined for clarity and head, a simple ritual ,from days gone by,

of nods and words unsaid.


5 thoughts on “WHITELOCK’S

  1. Haven’t heard the term Choir Practice used for some time Nigel. Down here in the south they do it in a church to music. (Strange these Southerners)


    1. I was training in Optics at the time and if there was a customer about the boss would say “Ah Mr Smith, will you be joining us for Choir practice this evening ? It was an idea I had to replace the term ‘indoor yachting club’.

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