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Well-established public houses- Spring 2017

In this edition we focus upon two well-established public houses. One is a community pub situated in a village steeped in history and the other a busy town centre hostelry.

The Goat‘s Head, Steeton

The village of Steeton lies in the historical area of West Riding and was established in Saxon times during the reign of Alfred the Great. The name Styveton is believed to have been derived from Stephen, the first village Saxon possessor, with the name gradually changing to its present form. The village grew around the local beck with spinning and bobbin mills eventually being established. In the early 19th century, the main road was a pack horse route moving wool to the spinning and weaving centres of Keighley and Halifax. During WWII an ammunitions factory dominated the village, a type 24 pillbox from that time has recently been given grade II listing. Today, Steeton is a thriving village with a population of more than 4300.

The Goat‘s Head stands on the corner of Skipton Road and School Street. Not its original location but it has been here for over two centuries. In the 1880s it was reputedly run by a popular landlady known for her joviality and clay pipe smoking! Today the Goat‘s Head is a busy heart of the community, run by the Smith family, headed up by Craig and Kathy who purchased the pub after managing it for a period of time. The LocAle beer is Black Sheep Best Bitter with John Smiths Bitter, Morland Old Golden Hen and a changing guest beer also available.

Recently redecorated and carpeted throughout, the front bar area is traditional with more contemporary seating and a pool table situated towards the rear of the pub. Darts and dominos are also played with pub teams supported. The small side room can be used for special parties and there‘s a lovely secluded court yard which is child friendly at the back of the pub. Events supporting charities such as Sue Ryder plus special events such as Race Nights are featured regularly. Live music evenings are held monthly. Multiple sports screens enable you to watch your favorite sporting events and there‘s free WIFI. Dogs and families are most welcome.

A friendly and lively village local, make the time to visit soon. (The Smiths have also taken on the tenancy of the Boltmakers Arms in Keighley.)

The Goats Head, Skipton Road, Steeton BD20 6NR. Tel 07428 726668 Open: Monday to Thursday 4-11, Friday and Saturday 12-12 and Sunday 12-10.30. Bus routes 25, 62 and 66 run past the pub.

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The Red Pig, Keighley

Three miles to the south east lies Keighley, a town in the metropolitan borough of the City of Bradford. Situated at the confluence of the rivers Aire and Worth, Keighley was listed in the Domesday Book as Cichhelai which meant Cyhha‘s farm or clearing. Now part of Brontë Country, it is a busy market town and the third largest civil parish in England. At its heart is Church Green, the medieval centre of the town.

On Church Street sits the Red Pig, named Hole in Wall during the 1800s, it then became the Fountain Inn and since the mid 90s it has been called the Red Pig. Recently, lottery money has seen the stonework returned to its 18th century glory by the Townscape Heritage Initiative. Owned by Bob and Janet Brown the “Pig” has been a landmark on the Keighley pub scene for many years.

There‘s always a warm welcome and a great mix of clientele making it a lively, fun place to visit. It is single-bar and in the lounge area there is a juke box with an eclectic selection of music. To the left in the public bar area there‘s more seating and a pool table. Brewery memorabilia and interesting paintings adorn the colourful walls and stained glass windows compliment the whole place. LocAle beers are Timothy Taylor Golden Best and Landlord plus there are two ever changing guests from breweries across the country. A secluded garden is located at the back of the building, the pub is dog friendly and a traditional open fire greets you on cold winter days. A must visit if you‘re in Keighley town centre.

The Red Pig, Church Street, Keighley BD21 5HS. Tel: 01535 678801. Open: 12-11 Mon-Thu; 12-11.30 Fri and Sat; 12-10.30 Sun. Numerous bus routes go to/from Keighley bus station, 5 minutes walk away and the railway station is a ten minute walk

View the Red Pig, Keighley on WhatPub.

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