The oldest pub in Leeds has just got a new sibling. Next door to Whitlelocks pub (300 years young), Turk's Head opened its doors last week to welcome a new crowd to Turk's Yard, sandwiched between the city centre shopping streets.
The new joint is a hipster's dream. Marble topped tables, rose gold accessories and cabinets full of apothecary bottles. It's visually beautiful, giving off a Gatsby vibe if you can find a spot in the darkened corners. Launch night was absolutely packed, tables and standing space full to capacity, but the quality of drinks and vibes from the new place were great.
Reasons to visit? Aside from the beautiful interiors, Turk's Head are here to provide "beers, spirits and cocktails of note", with the menu frequently changing. There will remain 12 beers on tap, two on cask (my drink of the night was Ilkey Brewery's Tribus IPA - delicious), alongside independent and artisan spirits and a specially created cocktail menu.
This is definitely a place for those who know their favourites to drink, spend time working through the extensive menu, or go in with your order - you'll be getting quality every time.
I have to admit that I've never even visited Whitelocks (it's on my list) - but I love the modern coming right next door to the hundreds of years old. So whether you're after the OG or the younger sibling, slip into Turk's Yard (it's off Briggate, a hidden alley opposite Zara) for somewhere a bit different to the usual. If you're loving the Hedonist Project's current pop-up then you'll love Turk's Head.