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Two family-run LocAle pubs - Winter 2012

In this our festive season edition we look at two family run public houses in the Keighley and Craven branch area. The first is an historic coaching inn situated in the middle of a famous tourist destination. The second is a busy community pub in the centre of a well-known market town.

The Old White Lion, Haworth

Haworth, the village of Brontë Sisters fame, boasts a good number of pubs. One of the most well-known, prominently placed at the top of the cobbled Main Street, is the 300-year-old Old White Lion Hotel. There has been a public house here since before records began but it was first listed as the Blue Bell Inn. By 1783 the name had changed to the White Lion Inn. Once used as a post house on the main route to Colne the inn is also known to be the meeting place of Haworth‘s first Masonic Lodge gatherings.

An attractive, rambling, stone building, the Old White Lion has seen many changes with numerous adjoining properties being incorporated into the building as bar areas, function rooms and accommodation. Family run for the past 25 years, this free house is a traditional Yorkshire pub and also provides for modern customer needs. There are two plush carpeted and timbered lounge areas with a central bar offering a permanent LocAle beer, Barm Pot, a 3.8% golden session beer from Goose Eye Brewery of Keighley. Alternating LocAle beers from breweries such as Ilkley and Old Bear (Keighley) also feature. Tetley Bitter is also on offer.

The Old White Lion caters for everyone, with the two bar areas, the Gimmerton restaurant, the Branwell Suite function room and 14 en-suite bedrooms. The hotel has a four-star rating from the Enjoy England site of the National Tourist Board. Locals from the BD postcode area can enjoy a Privilege Card which offers special prices on food and drink. Monday is quiz night and food evenings are a main feature with the likes of Steak Day, Pasta Night and Fish on a Friday.

A short walk from the pub is the parish church and the Brontë Parsonage Museum, as are all of the amenities of the village of Haworth. Local beauty spots are also only short walks away. Haworth is a 15-minute bus ride from Keighley, you can visit www.keighleybus.co.uk for details. When the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway is running, you can take a ride on a steam train from Keighley to Haworth and see the beautiful Worth Valley from a different point of view. No matter how you arrive at the Old White Lion, it‘s an ideal place to visit for a pint or two, to enjoy a meal and maybe to stay overnight in order to enjoy all that Haworth has to offer.

The Old White Lion Hotel, Main Street, Haworth, Keighley , West Yorkshire BD22 8DU Tel: 01535 642313

The Burlington Arms, Keighley

We leave the Worth Valley and travel a few miles down the road to Keighley and the historic Church Green area of the town. Markets were held on the green and adjoining land dating from the 1305 acquisition of a market charter, until the indoor covered market was built in 1971. Opposite the market we find an unpretentious white-washed stone building snuggled up against the back of the Keighley Shared Church. This is the Burlington Arms, a Timothy Taylor tied house since 1877 and run by the Peacock family since 1979 with daughter Tina handling the day to day running since 2004. Added July 2018: Unfortunately, Tina retires at the end of July 2018, and the Burlington Arms will close. Keighley will lose another iconic pub, and the last remaining outlet for Taylors sold through electric pumps will disappear.

Friendly and popular with the town‘s locals, the Burlington offers LocAle beers Timothy Taylor Golden Best and Best Bitter dispensed via electric pumps, something which is becoming a rare sight indeed. The single bar pub has a multi-level lounge area and a separate room with a pool table. It is functional and comfortable. Dominoes are very popular as are the Karaoke nights. Very much a community orientated pub, it‘s often packed on Friday afternoons, when the Golden Best and Best Bitter are on offer at the amazing prices of £1.00 and £1.10 a pint respectively. Cask Marque accredited, the emphasis is firmly on beer!

There is an outdoor seating area and a small car park to the front. There are no fancy meals served, just simple home-made sandwiches. There‘s always plenty of good conversation you can join in with as you enjoy a well-kept pint in a pleasant atmosphere. Conveniently located near the town‘s shopping district, it‘s also only a few minutes walk from Keighley bus station and less than ten minutes from the railway station. So if you fancy a pint in a traditional community pub, the Burlington is the place for you.

Burlington Arms, Market Street, Keighley West Yorkshire BD21 5AD 01535 603320

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