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Autumn 2011

This issue of LocAle spotlight finds us in a traditional local in the middle of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and a community pub in an Aire Valley village.

The Foresters Arms, Grassington

Grassington is a small town nestled next to the river Wharfe amidst the spectacular scenery of Upper Wharfedale, North Yorkshire. The surrounding area is rich in archaeology dating back to the year 2000 BC. As early as the 7th century arable land was being worked by locals and by the 15th century lead mining had become established. The arrival of the Duke of Devonshire in the 1700s saw the beginning of a great development in the infrastructure of local roads and housing. By the 1870s, the lead mining industry was in decline but tourism had became popular and with the arrival of the railway in 1902, commuters from Bradford began to move in boosting the population and local economy.

Nowadays, Grassington is a town of 1,100 souls which thrives upon the tourist industry of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. There are numerous shops, restaurants and pubs in the town. The Foresters Arms is situated a short walk up the hill from the famous cobbled town square and the sturdy stone-built former coaching inn is a favourite of locals and visitors alike. Phil, Rita and team run the pub which boasts a long single bar which stocks LocAle beers Black Sheep Bitter, Black Sheep Riggwelter and Timothy Taylor Landlord. There are also two hand-pumps with changing guest beers and two more with Tetley Mild and Tetley Bitter.

The main bar area has a pool table and television for sporting events. Cyclists and walkers are welcomed as are well-behaved dogs. Food is served daily and there‘s a separate restaurant which can hold up to 28 people for parties and functions. Accommodation is available with seven rooms offering B&B. Quiz evenings are very popular.

Public transport is available Monday to Saturday via Pride of the Dales 72/74 bus services and Sunday and Bank Holidays in summer using the Transdev Burnley and Pendle 872 service. If you drive, parking can be limited in the town, so use the national park car park just down the road. A visit to Grassington is always enjoyable so make sure you visit the Foresters Arms the next time you go there.

The Foresters Arms, 20 Main Street, Grassington, North Yorkshire, BD23 5AA Telephone: 01756 752349. Website: www.forestersarmsgrassington.co.uk

The Busfeild Arms, East Morton

In the Aire Valley of West Yorkshire, the small village of East Morton is situated between Bingley and Keighley just up the hill from the B6265. It is another of the local villages mentioned in the Domesday Book and the parish of Morton was created by an act of parliament in the year 1846. A well-known local family named Busfeild lived here during the 19th century and the local pub is named after them.

The Busfeild Arms is situated on the main road through East Morton and is an imposing stone structure. The pub is welcoming with numerous flower displays, a pleasant beer garden, a good-sized car park and a seated outside drinking and smoking area. Inside it is divided into a public bar to the right and a well-appointed restaurant to the left. The public bar is bright and airy with photos of days gone by, wooden beams, a flagstone floor with the regular tables and chairs supplemented by large barrels with stools around them. A cast-iron multi-fuel stove is nestled in the fireplace.

Upon entry you will be greeted with a friendly hello and quick service. The Busfeild is a free house offering LocAle beers Saltaire Blonde and Timothy Taylor Landlord as well as a changing guest beer. Tetley Bitter is also available.

The Busfeild Arms is a well-run, clean, tidy hostelry and its location in the middle of the village makes it an ideal community pub. It‘s a pub which offers a place to meet and have a chat, hold a group event or to just pop in for a quick pint or two. Popular with locals, food forms a large part of its trade. A special Early Bird menu offers meals from £6.95 Tuesday to Friday 5.30pm to 6.45pm in the restaurant. Weekends are busy and Sunday lunch very popular.

Public transport is via Keighley to Cullingworth 727 and 729 bus services which run throughout the day Monday to Saturday. For more information visit: Transdev Keighley and District

The Busfeild Arms, an important part of everyday life in the village. Support your local community pub today!

The Busfeild Arms, Main Road, East Morton, Keighley, West Yorkshire, BD20 5SP Telephone: 01274 550931

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