Bought a beer kit yesterday (Stonewall Bitter) from York Brewery.
With it came a leaflet advertising their brewery + their 3 pubs in York.
Very pleased to read the following apology about conditions in the pubs :-
No Juke Box
And No Kids"
Could it be that real pubs actually still exist ?
No shortage of "real pubs" in York, which for whatever reason is probably
the best town for pubs in the UK (taking a balanced view across
choice/quality of beers, architectural quality, general atmosphere).
Stockport isn't far off, though ;-)
York is mid league in my opinion. A bit too much York beer, or beer
from the larger independents. And tourist prices.
Now Huddersfield is a different story. It has so many pubs (2 before
you even leave the station buildings!) concentrating on small
independent breweries, that I have now stopped going to beer
festivals, simply because I can recreate my own in Huddersfield any
time I choose.
For those interested: The Station Tavern (8 real ales), Head of Steam
(8 or more), The Grove - newly opened (8, 6 constantly changing), The
Rat and Ratchet (8, 4 from Ossett), The Star (6 or more), The Sair (up
to 10 - all brewed on the premises), the Riverhead Brewery Tap at
Marsden (6 to 8 all brewed on the premises), The Cherry Tree (OK,
Wetherspoons, but with a reputation for using local brewers, up to 8
real ales), add to that the Commercial (Sam Smiths), The Albert Hotel,
The Slubbers (Timothy Taylors and many others). And much in the price
bracket £1.50 - £2.10 with the emphasis being under £2)
And not very many unspoiled pubs (selling decent beer, I mean). The
Maltings is a classic example of a ruined interior, and the Blue Bell
(my personal favourite) one of a preserved interior.
Fair enough, but Huddersfield Beer Festival this weekend was well
worth a visit. In fact, any Northern beer festival which goes to the
trouble of taking a van south and bringing back casks of e.g. Goachers
and Harveys is worth attending, IMO.
Agreed. If the pub company had had its way though, you wouldn't have
been able to include the Albert in that list. Also, you missed the
Rose and Crown at Golcar (brewery tap), which is closer to town than
Sheffield (Northern Quarter principally) is another excellent drinking
city within an hour of York (Fat Cat, Kelham Island Tavern, Cask &
Cutler, Gardener's Rest, Hillsborough Hotel, New Barrack Tavern and
the (new) Harlequin (formerly the Manchester Hotel) would appear to be
the current Northern Quarter crawl).
After a bus trip over from Haworth, the ales at the
Riverhead are wonderful. Be sure to walk up to the
pub at the tunnel end, cause they have great brews too,
then come back to the Riverhead for another before catching
the bus back to Haworth ...
the Riverhead Brewery Tap at
I've never been to the Rose and Crown - it's now at the top of my 'to
do' list. Might get there next Saturday after the Wakefield Beer
Festival (ok I *do* still go to beerfests despite what I said
Another couple of pubs worth a mention are the Nook at Holmfirth
(although, like the Shears in Halifax and the Star in Belgravia, it's
not easy to find.) And I understand that the Wharfeside at Slaithwaite
is now a Copper Dragon pub, and although I've not yet been, Copper
Dragon have a policy of allowing tenants to have guests alongside
their own beers.
It used to be a multi-roomed classic town pub called the Lendal
Bridge, where I used to play darts, amongst other things. True, the
beer wasn't exciting, but that's not the point.
It's all been opened out and given a fake retro-look and renamed The
Maltings. When that was done is irrelevant. I hate it.
(Oh, and you might want to respond to the post that you're referring
to, rather than a follow-up one!).
I'm intrigued - how long ago was this? I've always known it in its
present form and I'm the wrong side of 50!
Do you remember the Whitbread 'House of Horrors' look, when they
adorned some of their pubs with various odds and sods, books, old
sewing machines etc etc. I've often wondered what the message was
meant to be and who it's meant to appeal to. (The Head of Steam in
Hudds is getting dangerously close to being a bit twee with an over
abundance of railwayana). Unnecessary.
In message ,
Wasn't just Fizzbread. W&D did it too, with bric-a-brac everywhere (so
did Mr O'Rourke, but then his pubs were always intended to have
outlandish decor). I'm afraid I wondered about it too, so I can't give
you any more insight. At around the same time there developed the idea
that the more different patterns you could have between carpets,
curtains and chair covers the more attractive the pub would be - again,
to whom and why I've no idea. Counting the patterns when visiting a
'done up' pub for the first time has provided Herself and me with a fair
amount of childish amusement over the intervening years! We've come to
refer to the whole awful business as the 'Brewer's Nightmare' style.
Unfortunately it's still alive and kicking in the West Midlands :-(