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Pubs for those autumn evenings - Autumn 2015

As we head into autumn our minds turn to comfy traditional pubs with welcoming fires, friendly staff and classic cask ales. The two hostelries visited for this issue fit the bill perfectly!

The Crown, Addingham

The Crown, AddinghamAddingham is a pleasant village situated approximately five miles north Keighley, roughly midway between Ilkley and Skipton, just off the A65. Populated since at least the Bronze Age, the first documented evidence of the village dates from 867AD. Initially called Long Addingham it existed as a farming community until the late 18th century when the textile industry arrived. A turnpike road was built and the public houses followed.

The Crown Inn, built in 1769 was one of five pubs opened along the main street to service the many travellers heading to Skipton and beyond. Listed in CAMRA‘s Yorkshire Historic Pub Interiors, the Crown retains historical architectural value with two simply-furnished and largely untouched old rooms. The front snug has matchboard-backed seating and a fireplace. The “smoke” room is used as a games room with pool table, darts board and TV and has fitted seating, a boarded ceiling and a service hatch. Although the main bar area has been altered over the years, basic floor boards, cooper topped tables, fitted seats and an open fire compliment the simple bar area which boasts four hand pumps. There is a pleasantly furnished separate dining area as well.

The cosy snug in the Crown, AddinghamThe regular LocAle offering is from Goose Eye Brewery, their beer on this visit being Wonkey Donkey. Two other pumps offer changing local beers, one was Bradford Hockney Pale and the other Wharfedale Blonde. Tetley Bitter is always available on the fourth hand pump

The bar staff are very friendly, landlady Maria and her team create a welcoming atmosphere and it‘s a perfect place to enjoy a pint or two listening to background music or engage in a lively chat with the locals. Wi-Fi is available, ask for the code at the bar. The Crown offers an interesting range of pies on its daily menu and invites the public in for breakfast on weekend mornings from 10-12noon. The pub is both dog- and family-friendly. Two en-suite rooms and a separate holiday cottage are available for staying over. Quiz night is Thursday and there are jazz evenings featuring the Good Time Jazz Band.

An historic as well as welcoming and friendly pub to spend time in. Drop in next time you‘re passing though Addingham or better still go there on purpose!

The Crown, 136 Main Street Addingham West Yorkshire LS29 0NS Tel 01943 830278 Open from 12 noon daily. Bus routes: 74, X84, 762, 765, 873, 874 & 884

View the Crown on WhatPub.

The Robin Hood, Silsden

NOTE: As at December 2016, the Robin Hood no longer qualifies for LocAle. It does still sell 4 cask beers though.

The Robin Hood, SilsdenFour miles from Addingham, on the northern slope of the Aire valley, you‘ll find the town of Silsden. Noted in the 1086 Domesday Book as Siglesdene, it was listed as the “most important village in Craven” at the time. Mostly agricultural until the Leeds to Liverpool canal was built in the late 18th century, Silsden quickly joined the industrial age and prospered. Today it is a pleasant town of 8,000 souls.

The Robin Hood is one of only four public houses left in the town. Situated on the main street it is a sturdy stone end terrace building. It is possibly named after Robin Hood‘s Stone in Holden Park in Keighley. Holden Park was an ancient deer forest through which the Airedale trunk road was cut. The Robin Hood‘s recently refurbished interior boasts a tastefully decorated bar area with a stone floor and open fire and a games room with a pool table, dart board and sports television. The walls are hung with old photos of Silsden and sporting heroes. A large patio and beer garden at the back of the pub serves as an excellent suntrap. The LocAle beer on this visit was Leeds Pale Ale, with Shepherd Neame Spitfire, Greene King IPA and Tetley Bitter also available.

Darren and Sue run the Robin Hood as a place for all tastes and ages, welcoming families with children, dogs, walkers and groups. Events include a quiz night, pool and domino matches, occasional live music and a Saturday night disco. Many charity events are held throughout the year. Home-cooked food is available and the pub will cater for special celebrations. Free Wi-Fi is available.

A proper town centre public house catering for everyone, pop in and find out for yourself.

The Robin Hood 19 Kirkgate Silsden West Yorkshire BD20 0AJ 01535 643997 Open Monday to Satuirday from 11 am, from 12 noon on Sunday. Bus routes 712, 762, 765, 903.

View the Robin Hood on WhatPub.

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