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Winter 2011

As we arrive at another holiday season, this edition of LocAle spotlight will focus on two hostelries that will offer visitors good service and seasonal goodwill. The first is a vibrant town centre pub in Skipton, the well-known “Gateway to the Dales“ and the second a traditional country public house situated in a quiet village in the Aire Valley.

The Woolly Sheep, Skipton

Derived from the Saxon word for sheep, Skipton is a country market town situated in the Pennines at the southern end of the Yorkshire Dales. With a 16,000 strong population, the town has a long history and boasts cobbled streets, a medieval castle and the famous Leeds to Liverpool canal. An outdoor market takes place four times a week making Skipton a busy tourist destination; it also boasts a number of good pubs.

Situated in the centre of the town and running parallel with the High Street is Sheep Street, known by some as the most haunted street in Skipton. At number 38 you‘ll find the Woolly Sheep. Formerly owned by Whitbread and called the Brick Hall, nowadays the “Woolly” is a Timothy Taylor Brewery managed house. The whitewashed frontage leads to a long narrow pub. There‘s a small front room with comfy chairs and an open fire. The main bar runs along the wall leading you to a good-sized dining area at the back as well as a covered outdoor drinking area. Many believe that the Woolly Sheep is also haunted with a resident ghost in a long flowing dress having been seen over the years.

Ghost or not, there‘s always a lively, bustling atmosphere at the “Woolly”. Friendly, efficient service from the staff makes for a pleasant visit. LocAle beers are from Timothy Taylor and include Dark Mild, Golden Best, Best Bitter, Ram Tam and Landlord. There‘s an extra hand pump for guest beers which are usually sourced from local breweries. Traditional cider or perry is also sometimes available. Freshly prepared food using locally sourced ingredients is on offer daily and accommodation comes in the form of nine en-suite rooms. Bookings for accommodation and dining reservations can be made on-line through the pub‘s website. Why not make a day of it in Skipton and ensure that you make your way to the “Woolly” to enjoy a few pints and maybe have a chat with the pub ghost!

Skipton railway station is a ten minute walk away and the bus station a few minutes from the pub. For information on the numerous bus services to and from Skipton visit: http://www.northyorkstravel.info

The Woolly Sheep, 38 Sheep Street, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 1HY Telephone: 01756 700966 Open: Mon-Wed 10.00-23.00, Thu 10.00-00.00, Fri-Sat 10.00-01.00 and Sun 12.00 23.00. Website: http://www.woollysheepinn.co.uk

The White Lion, Kildwick

Travel just a few miles along the A650 towards Keighley and you‘ll find a peaceful village in the Aire valley. Kildwick is home to a 1000 year old church, St Andrew‘s, two well-known waterways: the Leeds to Liverpool canal and the River Aire and one of the oldest stone bridges in the North of England. Travel across that bridge and you‘ll find the imposing stone structure of the White Lion public house.

Perched on an incline overlooking the valley, the White Lion is ably run by Suzie and Dave. You‘ll be warmly greeted at the bar, which offers LocAle beers Copper Dragon Golden Pippin and Timothy Taylor Landlord. Tetley Bitter is also available. A haven for locals as well as a destination for those seeking good pub grub, the White Lion is multi-roomed with a pleasant bar-come-dining area, as well as larger drinking room with a television for sporting events. Food is available for lunch and dinner and theme nights are popular. Tuesday is Pie Night, Wednesday Curry, Thursday Steak and Friday Fish night. En-suite bedrooms are available and a function room with private bar is offered for hire. There‘s a large garden with excellent views of the Aire valley and a parking area for those driving. The White Lion is a friendly pub with well-kept real ale. Take some time out to drop in and enjoy the hospitality.

Bus services 66, 66A and 78A pass on the main road. For times and further information visit: Transdev Keighley and District

The White Lion, Priest Bank Road, Kildwick, Nr Keighley, North Yorkshire, BD20 9BH Telephone: 01535 632265. Opening hours: Mon-Wed 12-11, Thu –Sat 12- midnight and Sun 12-10.30. Web-site: http://www.thewhitelionkildwick.co.uk

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