4/17/2024 | Pubs

Iconic 18th Century cloth hall in central Leeds to become food and drink hall following sale through Christie & Co

Specialist business property adviser, Christie & Co has successfully completed the sale of White Cloth Hall, a former market hall in the heart of Leeds city centre.


Located behind the Corn Exchange in central Leeds, the White Cloth Hall was originally built in 1775 as a market for the sale of undyed cloth. Most recently, the property housed three separate businesses including a BrewDog bar and Pizza Express.

The White Cloth Hall has been acquired by Ed Mason, co-founder of Five Points Brewing and Managing Director of popular Leeds-based pub, Whitelock’s Ale House Ltd. Ed intends to re-convert the newly acquired premise into a single unit, and re-open as a food and drink hall, which will champion Leeds’ thriving independent food and drink scene.

He comments, “We are delighted to have acquired this beautiful and iconic Grade II listed building which has played an important role in the civic and cultural life of Leeds city centre for 250 years. From its original creation as a market hall for the trading of cloth, to its most recent incarnation as Leeds’ first Pizza Express - it has always been a bustling and busy venue in the heart of Leeds. We were delighted to work with Christie & Co to get this project over the line and get this wonderful building back in to use!”

Alex Rex, Senior Business Agent at Christie & Co who handled the sale, comments, “Whitelocks is one of my favourite places to visit when I’m in Leeds, so it was a pleasure meeting the owners and the team behind the pub and helping them to secure their next project. We were inundated with interest for this unique building in Leeds city centre, and it took an experienced operator and a great team to be able to see a vision and I can’t wait to see it executed.”

For further information on this press release, contact:
Niamh Toman, Junior Corporate Communications Executive 
P: +44 7768 646 984 or E: Niamh.toman@christie.com  

Contact the agent:

Alex Rex, Senior Business Agent – Pubs & Restaurants
P: +44 7540 061864 or E: alex.rex@christie.com

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