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Long-established village pubs - Spring 2016

In this our spring edition we showcase two pubs, long-established in their respective villages. One is a 17th-century hostelry and the only pub within a mile radius, the other a traditional coaching inn situated in a busy tourist area. Both serve their respective communities in their own unique way.

The Inn at Eastburn

The village of Eastburn sits in the Aire Valley, part of a civil parish co-joined with Steeton. Its earliest written record can be found in the Domesday Book but it has a history possibly linked to the Romans as well having an Anglo-Saxon name meaning “East of the Stream”. Agriculture dominated for centuries but the addition of the Leeds to Liverpool canal and eventually the railway saw the arrival of new industries and an expanded population. The 19th century brought in industrialization and an increase in small businesses and shops which created the thriving village that Eastburn is still today.

In the centre of the village is the Nightingale. An unpretentious three-roomed stone building it started out in life as the New Inn in 1680. It then became the Red Lion in 1720, the White Bear in 1825, and the Eastburn Inn in 2005. From 2012 it has been known as the Nightingale. Set-up in two distinct halves, The Inn at Eastburn is to the left and is divided into two well-decorated drinking areas with wood-panelling and leather seats, the “Tap & Snug”. To the right you‘ll find the Nightingale Tea Rooms with a pleasant décor and comfortable mixed furniture, where light lunches and afternoon teas are served.

The six hand pumps in the tap area all serve LocAle beers. Three regular ones, Dark Horse Hetton Pale Ale, Dark Horse Nighting-ale and Theakston Best Bitter. The other three offer ever-changing beers from breweries such as Naylor‘s, Bridgehouse and Ilkley. All six pump clips face towards the main bar side, so if you enter the tea rooms (which are also licenced) you might think there are no cask beers available, just ask!

There‘s a car park and a pleasant garden area with tables. Food is served in the tea room from 11.30-6.30 Tuesday to Sunday with soup, sandwiches, cakes and afternoon teas as well a regular menu with special pies and curries. Cold buffets can be catered for.

A warm and welcoming pub, it‘s family and dog friendly, with real fires and traditional pub games. The Nightingale is a community public house with a bit of a twist. Pop in soon for an afternoon tea, a pint of real ale or both!

The Nightingale, 36 Main Road, Eastburn (nr Steeton) Keighley BD20 7SN Tel 01535 653000 Open: 11.30-9.30 (or later). Bus routes 25 and 66 run past the pub.

View the Nightingale, Eastburn on WhatPub.

The Fleece, Haworth

A mere seven miles up and over the hills lies the Worth Valley and the popular village of Haworth. First mentioned as a settlement in 1209, the name may refer to a “hedged enclosure” or “hawthorn enclosure”. Famous as the home of the Brontë sisters, it is a tourist destination for visitors from around the world. The steep cobbled Main Street offers many shops, restaurants and pubs. The valley is popular with walkers seeking Wuthering Heights, steam enthusiasts riding on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway and WWII reenactment groups attending the annual 1940s weekend.

The Fleece Inn is an attractive stone built building halfway down, or up, depending on where you‘ve started, on the famous street. Upon entry there is a single bar with LocALe beers from Timothy Taylor: Golden Best, Boltmaker, Landlord and Ram Tam, with one hand pump dispensing an ever-changing guest beer. Bottled beers from around the world are also available.

The interior is nicely decorated and boasts real fires and a flag-stoned floor. There‘s a cosy carpeted room to the right,the open-plan main bar in the middle and a dining area situated down a couple of steps to the left. If you sit in the front windows a spectacular view of the Worth Valley unfolds in front of you. There‘s also a beer garden on the roof, three floors up!

Accommodation is available in the form of well-appointed en-suite rooms. Locally sourced, freshly cooked food is served daily, with breakfast/brunch also offered from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at weekends.

Trudy and her team offer great service and a warm welcome to visitors, but the Fleece isn‘t just about tourists, there‘s also a local following and residents benefit from a loyalty club which offers special discounts to those who sign up. The pub is dog- and family-friendly and there‘s free WIFI.

The Fleece, a great place for a pint or two and chat with regulars and visitors alike, or for a meal and an overnight stay. Drop in next time you‘re in Haworth and while away the hours thinking about days gone by as the modern world passes by.

The Fleece Inn, 67 Main Street, Haworth West Yorkshire BD22 8DA Tel: 01535 642172. Monday to Thursday 11am-11pm, Friday 11am-11.30pm, Saturday 10am-11.30pm and Sunday 10am-10.30pm. Food served: Monday to Saturday 12 noon to 9pm, Sunday 12 noon to 8pm. Haworth is on bus routes 500, 664, 665, 720.

View the Fleece, Haworth on WhatPub.

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