Spotlight on two pubs on the periphery - Summer 2017

In our summer edition we shine a light upon a traditional yet modernized community pub located in a small village which was established in ancient times, and a well-known 17th century hostelry situated on the edge of the Pennine moors and one of the highest public houses in West Yorkshire.

The Hare and Hounds, Lothersdale

The Hare and Hounds, Lothersdale

Lothersdale was a village in being even before the Domesday Book was commissioned. Initially farmed by Vikings and eventually taken over by the Normans, early water and corn grinding mills were superseded in the late eighteenth century by textile manufacture. The village is snuggled in a triangle between Skipton, Cross Hills and Colne. Historically, this small place has seen its menfolk venture off to battles such as Flodden, Agincourt, Gallipoli and El Alamein and one of the famous Brontë sisters, Charlotte, once worked in the village. Today, a population of just 500 enjoys the benefits of a church, chapel, village hall, clubhouse, school and of course a pub!

The Hare & Hounds lies at the heart of Lothersdale on a national walking trail, the Pennine Way. One of the oldest buildings in the village it is built of Yorkshire stone and is imposing but welcoming. Beautifully refurbished, it is traditional yet elegant with a large single bar boasting four hand pumps and welcoming fires at both ends of the room. LocAle beers on offer are Black Sheep Best Bitter and the house beer is Lothersdale Blonde, by Bridgehouse Brewery. Two changing beers are usually from Yorkshire breweries such as Dark Horse, Yorkshire Heart, Abbeydale or Ilkley.

Family-, dog- and walker-friendly, a cheery welcome and efficient service awaits you from managers Elliot and Abbie who are keen to source interesting cask beers for you. Live music events are held twice monthly with the third Wednesday devoted to folk music. Each Thursday is quiz night. Traditional games such as dominos are played. There‘s a beer garden out back to enjoy in the summer months, car parking is at the front of the pub and free Wi-Fi is available.

Well supported by locals and visitors alike, the Hare & Hounds is a lovely rejuvenated pub to visit for a well-kept pint and a friendly chat, make it your next destination.

Opening hours: Mon-Thu 3-11; Fri & Sat 12-Late; Sun 12-10.30.

The Hare and Hounds Inn, Dale End, Lothersdale BD20 8EL; telephone 01535 631200. Website: http://www.hareandhoundslothersdale.co.uk/. WhatPub: https://whatpub.com/pubs/SKI/LOTH-1-HARE

The Dog and Gun, Oxenhope

Deep in the Worth Valley lies the village of Oxenhope. Once separate settlements of Uppertown, Lowertown, Leeming, Hawking Stone, Marsh and Shaw, all were incorporated into the name of Oxenhope when the Railway Company opened a line to Keighley in 1867. Today, the preserved Keighley and Worth Valley Railway terminates in the village and the combined areas have a population of 2,600. From the village follow the long winding B6141 (Denholme Road) up and up and you will find a lovely 17th century coaching inn, the Dog & Gun.

Michael and Kathryn Roper have run the Dog & Gun for over two decades. With their dedicated team, they run the pub in a friendly and efficient manner and there‘s a lively atmosphere. A traditional Yorkshire stone pub, it is single bar, boasts oak beams plus two open fires and is decorated in a tasteful style with brass, paintings and local photos of days gone by.The ghost of a local female pig farmer reputedly haunts the pub!

The “Well Restaurant” to the right of the bar showcases the original well which can be seen through the glass floor. An extension to the left of the bar is also a restaurant area and offers views of the beautiful valley down to Oxenhope village. A Timothy Taylor tied house, the LocAle beers are Timothy Taylor Golden Best, Boltmaker, Knowle Spring and Landlord.

The food is home cooked traditional fayre. Disabled access is available, families are welcome, group bookings are taken and a catering service is provided. There‘s a weekly quiz, plus theme nights throughout the year. B&B accommodation can be found at the Leeming Wells Hotel, adjacent to the pub, which also has conference facilities. There‘s plenty of car parking space and there are camping facilities nearby. The pub is well known for its charitable fundraising events: it supports the Oxenhope Straw Race, has an annual bonfire, and holds regular auctions and other events in aid of Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice.

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11.30-3, 5-11.30; Sat 11-around midnight; Sun 12-11.30.

The Dog & Gun, Denholme Road, Oxenhope BD22 9SN ; Tel 01535 643159; Website: http://dogandgunoxenhope.co.uk/. WhatPub: https://whatpub.com/pubs/SKI/LEEM-1-DOGG

Haworth is reached using the Keighley Bus Company‘s Brontë Bus services, or, for a more nostalgic means of arrival, the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway.

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