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Winter 2010

In this issue, a pleasant country inn in North Yorkshire and a traditional white-washed pub in the Aire Valley are in focus for LocAle Spotlight.

The Clarendon, Hebden

Hebden is a rural community on the B6265 in the Yorkshire Dales National Park and sits in a sheltered valley 500 feet above sea-level. During medieval times this east-west droving route was used to move sheep between summer and winter pastures, as well as being a busy route for packhorse traders. In the 19th century it was a substantial industrial centre for lead mining and cotton milling. Today, Hebden is a designated conservation area and a peaceful village with a shop, tea room and most importantly, a pub, well supported by locals and frequented by visitors enjoying the beautiful moorland and high fells of Upper Wharfedale.

Originally a farmhouse, during the 18th century the Clarendon Hotel was a coaching inn on the busy Skipton to Harrogate route. Today it is a welcoming single-bar free house with a partitioned “snug” area to the right and a cosy restaurant area to the left. LocAle beers on offer are Black Sheep Ale and Timothy Taylor Best Bitter. Tetley Bitter and a house beer, Clarendon Ale which is brewed by Cuerden Brewery, are also available. Run by Hayley and Ashley Crampton, the Clarendon puts great emphasis on food: steak and fish nights feature and special curries and pizzas are on the main menu. Accommodation is available in the form of en-suite rooms for those wishing to stay on and enjoy the local scenery. Quizzes are held on the third Sunday of the month and there‘s a dart board for those wishing to test their skill. The pub offers a welcome and enjoyable stop whilst travelling through a beautiful part of the Yorkshire Dales.

Hebden is easily accessible by car and only 2 miles from Grassington with a large car park opposite the pub. Public transport is by bus 74 from Ilkley or 72/72R from Skipton. Visit Pride of the Dales for more information. Opening times are Monday to Friday 10:30 to 3:00 and 5:30 to 11:00 with all day opening on Saturday and Sunday.

The Clarendon Hotel, Hebden, Grassington, North Yorkshire BD23 5DE. Telephone 01756 752446 or e-mail: info@theclarendonhotel.co.uk

The Slaters Arms, Bradley

Between Skipton and Keighley and just off the A629 is a village collectively known as Bradleys Both. Divided into High Bradley and Low Bradley, the village is situated in North Yorkshire but with West Yorkshire postal and dialling codes. The Leeds to Liverpool canal passes through with the Bradley section having been completed in 1775 and including a swing bridge and coal wharf. Quarrying provided slate and stone for building materials but during this time most villagers worked as wool combers and weavers in their own homes. By the 1860s spinning and weaving mills provided most local employment. Today Bradley is a pleasant village within commuting range of Leeds and beyond.

The Slaters Arms is a pretty white-washed pub sitting on an elevated part of Bradley overlooking the Aire Valley. Trading as a public house from 1858, it was with Samuel Webster until the brewery closed in the 1990s. Still sporting the Webster’s livery, it is a well-run hostelry with a single bar surrounded by oak beams, an amazing open fireplace as well as huge a collection of brass, water jugs and even a collection of old telephones. A traditional and welcoming pub awaits those entering. The bar offers LocAle beer Timothy Taylor Golden Best alongside Tetley Bitter as well as a changing guest beer. There is a good-sized car park to the rear and a well laid out garden/patio providing an excellent vista of the valley. Phil and Rosemary Cook are mine hosts and support a team in the local dominos league as well as providing a home to the Bradley Cricket Club. There is a popular monthly quiz. The Slater’s is well known for its food using locally sourced seasonal ingredients and changing weekly specials which run from Saturday to Friday. The pub is a sea of tranquillity in the increasingly busy world and there is evidence of great local support whenever you visit.

Bradley can be directly accessed by bus 78A or can be walked to from the A629 where the 66 or 66A Keighley to Skipton service runs. For more information visit: Transdev Keighley and District. Opening times are 12:00 to 3:00 and 5:00 to 11:00 Monday to Saturday. Sunday 12:00 to 10:30.

The Slaters Arms, Crag Lane, Low Bradley, near Skipton BD20 9DE Telephone: 01535 632179 Web site: http://www.theslatersarms.co.uk

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