Spotlight on the six Pub of the Year 2018 finalists - Spring 2018

For this edition we have a special LocALe feature. Each October, local CAMRA members begin the enviable task of surveying the pubs in the branch area that are listed in the current Good Beer Guide. By January, the top six scoring pubs have gone forward into a final round of surveying. By March we will have the results of the branch Pub of the Year. The pubs must serve top quality cask-conditioned beers and excel in customer service. Décor, furnishings and cleanliness are important factors with community focus, alignment with CAMRA aims and the overall impression also considered.

This article shines a spotlight on the six finalists competing for the Keighley & Craven 2018 Pub of the Year and they are all in the LocAle scheme. The links are to the pubs entries on WhatPub.

The Falcon in Arncliffe is a truly unspoilt, ivy-clad pub by the village green. Mullioned bay windows front a pub that hasn‘t seen any significant changes since the 1950s when a small servery was introduced where beer was served direct from the cask by jug. Today, two hand pumps adorn the bar, with LocAle beer Timothy Taylor Best Bitter (Boltmaker) on permanently and the other offering a changing guest beer, always from a local brewery. You can still have the beer served from the jug! A simple but hearty lunch menu is available plus there are six letting rooms and a self-catering cottage. A local Winter Pub of the Season winner in 2016-17. There are always Dales folk and visitors alike enjoying the great atmosphere.

The Craven Arms in Appletreewick is a classic Dales pub. There since 1548, this multi-roomed free house has stone-flagged floors, oak beams and gas lighting. An original Yorkshire range is situated in the main bar and the “tap” room has “Ring the Bull” and an open fire. At the back is the “cruck-barn”, added in 2006 using traditional techniques and boasting a heather thatched roof, oak truss work, a minstrels‘ gallery and large open fireplace. This is available to hire for functions and a beer festival is held in it in October. LocAle beers featured are: Dark Horse Craven Bitter, Hetton Pale Ale and Night Jar, Theakston Best Bitter and Old Peculier plus Wharfedale Blonde. The Old Peculier is served from wooden casks, which the owner takes to Masham every fortnight for filling. Traditional home-cooked food is served daily. The Craven is atmospheric and a truly enjoyable place to eat and drink.

Gallagher‘s Ale House in Cross Hills is a popular micro-pub (sister pub to Skipton's Beer Engine), in what used to be Gallagher‘s bookmakers shop. The five changing beers usually include a dark beer, a pale bitter and a strong or speciality beer with at least one LocAle beer always available. Four changing ciders are also available. The cellar can be viewed through a window to the left of the bar and there‘s no electronic music or TV. Parking is available adjacent to the Co-op store round the corner. A friendly place, well supported by locals and passers-by alike.

The Lister Arms at Malham is a stone-built village inn, dating from at least 1723, overlooking the village green. The tiled entrance hall opens to the stone-flagged main bar area, warmed by a log-burning stove, with two separate areas to left and right. There is also a separate dining room/restaurant. The large secluded garden at the rear has ample comfortable seating and views towards the cove. LocAle beers are usually from Dark Horse, Naylor‘s or Settle breweries. There‘s accommodation in the pub, plus the adjacent Lister Cottage and the Lister Barn which offers eight rooms and is across the beck. Breakfast is served 8-10 am, brunch from 10 to midday and the main menu is available thereafter. Always busy and welcoming.

The Talbot Arms in Settle is a family run free house situated just off the town square. There‘s a large stone feature fireplace to the left of the main entrance and pool table, dartboard, and dominoes tables towards the rear. Out back, the large terraced beer garden is a great place to enjoy the summer sun. The regular LocAle beer is Settle Mainline with changing beers (normally three, four in spring and summer) from various Lancashire and Yorkshire breweries. Beers from Cumbria are also sometimes available. Home-cooked food is available daily. Always busy with a good local following as well as being a magnet for tourists to the town, the Talbot hosts occasional music events on Friday evenings and a quiz on the first Monday of each month.

The Kings Arms in Silsden was originally three cottages and this award winning, spacious community pub always has a lot to offer. Tuesday is acoustic jam night, Wednesday is quiz night, Thursday is open mic and Sunday is bingo and fun quiz night. The back room has a pool table and darts and dominoes are available. The main front bar is divided into three distinct areas, each with its own feel. LocAle beers are Black Sheep Best Bitter and Saltaire Blonde with Rudgate Ruby Mild also a regular plus four guest beers, many of which are from local breweries. Branch Community Pub of the Year 2016 as well as Branch Pub of the Year 2017. A cracking pub with something for everyone.

LocAle links

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LocAle pubs in our West Yorkshire area

LocAle pubs in our North Yorkshire area

LocAle Spotlight articles from Alesman

Qualifying breweries for Keighley area

Qualifying breweries for Skipton area

Upper Wharfedale Qualifying breweries

Ribblesdale Qualifying breweries

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