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Spotlight on some local “Horses” - Summer 2017

It‘s summertime and we‘re showcasing a traditional roadside hostelry in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales plus a popular neighbourhood pub and new addition to the cask beer scene in Keighley, both of which have horsey names.

The Black Horse, HellifieldThe Black Horse, Hellifield

Located between Skipton and Settle sits the village of Hellifield. Mentioned in the Domesday Book as Helgeflet which possibly meant holy marsh or stream, there followed numerous versions of the hamlet‘s name until the mid-19th century when it became known as Hellifield. Traditionally agricultural, some cotton weaving also took place. A small railway station opened in 1849. The completion of the Settle to Carlisle Railway in 1876 aided in the growth of the village and saw the station expanded into the Grade II listed structure we see today.

A half mile from the station on the main road (A65) is a rambling coaching inn, the Black Horse. The pub has a cosy tap room and a large main lounge with distinct areas decorated with many photographs and with musical instruments placed around the room. A separate room is used as a restaurant or for private events. A large wood-burning stove welcomes all. Katherine, Gary and their team create a friendly atmosphere and offer efficient service. This year, Katherine and Gary are celebrating their 4th year of running the pub. The LocAle beers are ever changing with Recoil Best Bitter, Saltaire Sir Titus and Settle Brewery No. 3 Nine Standards Porter seen on the bar on a recent visit. Beers from Goose Eye and Bingley Breweries have also featured. The Sunday carvery is very popular and Tuesday is “free pool” day. There are outdoor drinking areas front and back and a there is good-sized car park. B&B-style accommodation is available, the rooms being all en-suite and there‘s free WiFi. The popular Hellifield Beer Festival is held at the Black Horse in the barn and car park. Run independently of the pub, this is a charity event which takes place in June each year with approximately 30 cask beers available.

The Black Horse is a traditional pubic house catering to the needs of 21st century travellers, drop in soon!

The Black Horse, Main Street, Hellifield, SKIPTON North Yorkshire BD23 4HT; telephone 01729 851402. Facebook: blackhorse.hellifield. WhatPub: https://whatpub.com/pubs/SKI/HELL-1-BLAC

Hellifield is served by the day-time-only 580 bus service, and Northern Rail train services from Leeds, Keighley and Skipton to Carlisle and Lancaster/Morecambe.

The Three Horses, KeighleyThe Three Horses, Fell Lane, Keighley

Leaving the Yorkshire Dales and heading southeast for 18 miles brings you to Keighley. A mile up from the town centre via the B6143 is Fell Lane. Still a hamlet to the town in 1858, this quiet residential area has grown to become part of the town. There are lovely views of the rolling hills down to North Beck and into town and the location is a great catchment area for a public house, right at the heart of the community.

Note: The Three Horses no longer sells LocAle, but does continue to stock cask beer - January 2018.The Three Horses is a modern stone built building with a tiled roof surrounded by a large car park. A rambling multi-level pub, it is split into three levels with small steps to each level. It is nicely decorated and there are separate areas for food, drink and pub games. The centrally located bar currently serves Locale beers Timothy Taylor Golden Best and Landlord. Recently taken over by Laura and Michael Duke, they put cask-conditioned beer back on the bar after a long period without it. The pub is family- and dog-friendly, offers traditional pub games, sports television, karaoke and disco evenings as well as fortnightly live music. There are large outside play areas to both the front and rear of the pub. Food is served daily from 12-7. Free Wi-Fi is available.

A pub truly at the heart of its community, stop by soon for a pint and a chat.

Three Horses, Fell Lane, Keighley West Yorkshire BD22 6BZ; Tel 01535 606240; Facebook: thenew3horses. WhatPub: https://whatpub.com/pubs/SKI/KEIG-1-THRE

There is a regular bus service (K6) from Keighley Town Centre

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