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If you like your pubs on the traditional side, you'll love Whitelock's. Dating from the 1700s, this small and cozy pub is ideal for a quiet drink. The gleaming brass fixtures and fittings lend a quaint charm that is increasingly rare in city center pubs. This, and the tempting selection of hand-pumped ale—including John Smith, Ruddles and Theakston Old Peculiar— has helped to make Whitelock's a firm favorite with locals and tourists alike. If you're hungry, try the excellent food. The menu includes Whitelock's seafood pie and beefsteak pie.
The Bingley Arms is said to be more than 1000 years old and is believed to be the oldest pub in Britain. It was a rest house of the catholic priests in those olden times. The place has a wonderful, mystical, rustic charm to it such that every nook and cranny of the place has a story to tell. It is situated away from the hustle of the city. They serve an array of mouth-watering culinary delights to tantalise your taste buds and also have special Sunday menus. They also offer a variety of wines and beers to choose from. Check website for details on menu.
Located on Boar Lane, Tapped Leeds is a spacious brewpub set in one of the busiest shopping centers in the city. Humming with activity, the place has a lively atmosphere which allows guests to chat and enjoy their drinks at leisure. The real star of the place is the massive collection of craft beers, sourced from all over the world. Served from kegs and casks, the variety evokes the convivial feeling of a beer festival. The food menu focuses on the humble pie, with a traditional stone oven baking artisan pizzas.
'The Oak' as it is known, is one of the largest pubs in Leeds, with four bars, several function rooms, and a huge beer garden lawn complete with over 20 picnic tables. It is a student pub first and foremost, and a busy one at that. On weekends, and for sports events, the pub is packed and not the place for a quiet drink. The atmosphere is good, however. A few events like the Monday night quiz evening draw a friendly crowd.
The oldest bar in Harrogate, Hale's has been in business since the middle of the 17th Century, catering to those who came for the spa waters. The springs run underneath and sometimes it's possible to catch the tang of sulfur while drinking in the lounge. The present building dates from 1827 and it retains its Victorian atmosphere – a huge plus for visitors (it was also featured in the film Chariots of Fire). With some excellent home-cooked meals and unusual events (like a conkers championship), it's a delightful, old-style English pub.