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Two thriving community pubs - Summer 2013

Spring has finally sprung as we have a look at two thriving community pubs. One is at the heart of a tiny hamlet, the other snuggled next to a spacious green near the centre of a busy market town.

The Turkey Inn, Goose Eye

If you follow the steep twisting roads west from Keighley you‘ll find the village of Laycock and just south of there is the small settlement of Goose Eye. This hamlet came to be during the industrial revolution in the late 1700s. Local entrepreneurs built two mills on the fast moving beck and Brow End Mill and Turkey Mill supplied the custom for the local pub, The Turkey Inn. These mills were run by water wheels, first producing wool and eventually paper on which the Indian Rupee was printed. Their demise came about in the 1930s; today they have been converted into housing and this has helped to increase the local population to several hundred.

A substantial stone-built building, the Turkey Inn has survived all of the changes in Goose Eye and continues to be well supported by the local community. Boasting a long single bar with eight handpumps, LocAle beers on offer include Goose Eye Bitter and Chinook, Timothy Taylor Golden Best and Landlord, and Old Bear Yorkshire Ale. Many other local breweries such as Ilkley are available as rotating guest ales.

The three snugs off the main room have open fires and feature photos of blues performers, hunting scenes and local history. Samples of the Rupee paper from the Turkey Mill can also be seen in the pub. Music features in the Turkey with regular live performances, open mike nights on the first Monday of each month and plenty of support for the Brontë Blues Club based at Laycock village hall. A spring beer festival has just been held featuring 18 real ales which attracted lots of local beer drinkers as well as visitors to the area. There‘s a separate room with a pool table which hosts the pub‘s very successful pool team. Wednesday is quiz night.

The Turkey Inn is a pub that does what a good local should: welcome everyone, serve well-kept cask-conditioned beer, offer good food and provide regular entertainment. So do stop in and support this very good example of a community pub.

The Turkey Inn, 20 Goose Eye, Oakworth, Keighley BD22 0PD. Tel: 01535 681339. Open Mon to Thu 12 to 11, Fri and Sat 12 to 12 and Sun 12 to 11. Food is served 12 to 9 daily. Senior Citizen Lunch Mon to Thu from 12 to 2 for £6.95. Bradford-based bus company TLC operates buses to Goose Eye from Keighley and the Worth Valley.

The Brown Cow, Keighley

Travel back along the twisting roads via Oakworth and you‘ll find yourself at the edge of Keighley town centre. At Cross Leeds Street, adjacent to a large green, you will see an imposing stone building called the Brown Cow, Keighley‘s newest free house. Here the emphasis is firmly on beer. Now serving cask-conditioned beer on seven hand pumps with many qualifying as LocAle, licensees Barry and Carol are dedicated to guest beers brewed within a 22 mile radius of the pub. Regular LocAle beers are Timothy Taylor Golden Best, Best Bitter and Landlord. Rotating LocAle guests include beers from Naylors Pinnacle Brewery, Goose Eye, Ridgeside, Kirkstall and many more. A dark mild is always available; currently it is Moorhouses Black Cat.

A “try before you buy” scheme operates and “Super Saver Sunday” sees a different cask beer offered at a special price every Sunday.

The two-roomed multi-levelled pub has been run by Barry, Carol and family for over 9 years. Knocked through from four back-to-back cottages in the 1800s, the Brown Cow had been owned by Timothy Taylor Brewery since 1901. Recently sold to Barry & Carol, an open fire welcomes and a no-swearing policy creates a pleasant atmosphere for all to enjoy their beers in good company. Previous CAMRA gongs include numerous Pub of the Season awards, local Pub of the Year and runner-up in the Yorkshire Pub of the Year. Local organisations regularly use the back room for meetings and monthly quizzes are a big attraction. All in all, teh Brown Cow is an excellent place to meet and greet and enjoy well-kept ales in a clean and pleasant environment.

The Brown Cow, Cross Leeds Street, Keighley, BD21 2LQ. Open: Mon to Sat 4 to 11; Sun 12 to 10.30.

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