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Whitelocks: rudest place in Leeds?

Jonathan Schofield shouldn’t have just asked for a pudding in a city classic

Written by . Published on March 22nd 2011.

Whitelocks: rudest place in Leeds?

So the editor of Leeds Confidential, Simon Binns and I, had melted in a scorching Leeds Harvey Nichols restaurant on a sunny March day. To cool down we decided to skip down the road and enjoy a pudding traditional style in the classic boozer Whitelocks. Maybe a couple of pints too. It was 2.15pm.

There are still managers and landlords who’d rather on some fucking stupid, inexplicable, point of principle about the eating of puddings in the bar not the dining area, decide that they could do without the £20 we would have spent.

We sailed in and said something along the lines of, “Hello everybody, we love you all and we want a pudding and a pint, from your famous hostelry.”

There were some nervous smiles and then the mature Antipodean lady sat us in the dining area and passed us menus.

We looked and we didn’t find.

“No, I wasn’t joking,” I said. “We just want a pudding and a pint. We’ve eaten the mains and starters in Harvey Nichols. Please can we have the dessert menu?”

The waitress said: “You can’t just have a dessert. You have to get the meal first.”

I thought she was joking. She wasn’t.

“Why would we want to eat a whole meal again?” I asked.

The lady looked doubtful.

“Look, we have good English money and we’re prepared to use it,” I said in exasperation. “Don’t you want the pub to get the money?”

“I’ll have to ask the manager,” said the waitress and left.

We were incredulous. The couple next to us in the room, one of four other people, were incredulous.

“I’m sure we’ve just had a starter here before,” said the kindly older lady of the pair.

The waitress returned.

“The manager said you can have just a pudding....”

Hallelujah, angels broke into song, the world smiled.

“But you can’t eat it here, you’ll have to move to the bar,” she said with extreme satisfaction.

Boo, hiss, devils came and danced on the tomb of our dessert.

“Why?” I asked knowing it was hopeless.

“Because that’s what he said,” she said with finality.

We left without buying anything.

As we walked out it struck me that at a time when pubs are closing all over the place, when this defining national institution is under threat, that there are still loads of managers and landlords with this shocking and stupid and crap attitude.

There are still managers and landlords who’d rather on some fucking stupid, inexplicable, point of principle about the eating of puddings in the bar not the dining area, decide that they could do without the £20 we would have spent.

The guy at Whitelocks is clearly earning too much money - from the four other people in the dining area and the three other people in the bar.

He’s made me never want to visit there again. We took our dessert hankerings and our cash elsewhere. The place stank of damp anyway.

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masherJanuary 21st 2012.

What a load of crap. Not funny and written by someone who thinks they are more intelligent than they are. Why didnt they both have their puddings in Harvey Nichols instead of marching across the road into a pub with bullshit talk and snobbery 'we have had our starter and main in Harvey Nichols', if they had just walked in without that arrogance and pompousness and asked for a pudding I am sure they would have got one. They wouldn't have left if I had been there I would have thrown them out. I bet the other customers were wretching with the shite coming out of their mouths. 'Incredulous'.

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AnonymousApril 16th 2013.

And that's why you live alone on the dole

Edward MasonJuly 21st 2012.

Hi Jonathan, you'll be pleased to learn that Whitelock's is under new ownership since May this year, and so 'service' like this is firmly in the past! Do come in and say hello to the new team the next time you are passing!

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