Cosy pubs, ideal for cold winter nights - Winter 2014

Welcome to our final spotlight of 2014 and as the months of short daylight hours mingle with the holiday festivities, thoughts turn to friendly pubs with locally brewed beers, cheery fires, home-cooked food and interesting conversation. In this issue we focus on two pubs in our branch area that offer this and probably a bit more. The first is a reborn, up-market town centre pub and the other a 17th century coaching inn in a busy market town.

The Lord Rodney Bar & Kitchen, Keighley

The Lord Rodney, KeighleyOur first pub is in Keighley, a traditional West Yorkshire town known for its history of mills, industry and engineering as well as being famous as the starting point for the Keighley and Worth Valley Preserved Railway. Close to the modern shopping precinct in the town centre and overlooking Church Green stands the Lord Rodney Bar & Kitchen. Originally the town‘s oldest pub, the Olde Red Lion, it was re-named after Lord Rodney‘s famous victory over the Spanish Fleet in 1780. The pub then enjoyed a long and interesting history before gradually falling into disrepair.

Local brewery Timothy Taylor acquired the pub and after an extensive re-building the Lord Rodney re-opened in June 2008. The result is a bright, modern, trendy but comfortable pub. A pleasant white-washed exterior welcomes you into a tastefully decorated and furnished open-plan bar area with a warming, log-burning stove. Towards the rear of the pub is a bright and cheery restaurant area offering both tables and comfy booths. Outside, at the very rear of the pub lies a well-appointed, covered and heated table area.

A long single bar boasts four hand-pumps offering LocAle beers Timothy Taylor Golden Best, Boltmaker and Landlord, plus the occasionally brewed Havercake. The Rodney has become known for its interesting menus utilizing quality ingredients and varied themed food events. It also doubles as a late night venue with specially crafted cocktails and a variety of foreign bottled beers. Run by manager John and his team, the Rodney offers a place for a pleasant lunch with friends or a quiet afternoon reading a paper with a pint or two. You can book a birthday celebration or Christmas party or just meet up with friends for a late night drink. There‘s disabled access into the pub, free WIFI and newspapers. The Lord Rodney is a town centre pub that offers that little bit extra, pay a visit and you‘ll find a true oasis in a bustling town.

Follow: @The LordRodney on Twitter and Facebook. Open: Mon-Thu 11.30 - 11, Fri & Sat until 2 a.m. and Sun 12-10. Food: Mon-Fri 12-9, Sat & Sun until 8.

The Lord Rodney Bar & Kitchen, Keighley, Church Street, Keighley, BD21 5HT Tel: 01535 603053 (View on WhatPub.)

The Lion at Settle, Settle

The Lion at Settle, SettleOur second pub is in Settle, a market town nestled next to the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the starting point of the famous and scenic Settle-Carlisle railway. Settle acquired a market charter in 1249 and after building new through roads, became an established market town. Today the weekly street and indoor markets are still held on Tuesdays.

Built around 1640 on Duke Street, which was altered to be a main road, the Golden Lion thrived as a coaching inn. Now a Thwaites Inn of Character, the Lion at Settle still retains a traditional main bar area with wood panelling, inglenook fire place, and a grand staircase. To the left of the bar is a more contemporary but comfortable drinking area. There is a large dining area to the right of the bar and more seating in the pleasant side yard. Welcoming and popular with locals and tourists alike, the Lion is dog friendly and offers traditional games such as dominoes, chess and darts.

The bar offers regular LocAle beers Thwaites Original, Wainwright and Lancaster Bomber, plus three guest beers which include a Thwaites seasonal ale as well beers from local breweries such as Settle, Naylor‘s and Kirkby Lonsdale. Cask Ale Week (sponsored by Cask Marque and supported by CAMRA) is promoted at the Lion every October.

The Lion at Settle, SettleJazz night is held on Tuesdays, hosted by the Black Horse Jazzmen. If you wish to stay, accommodation is available in 14 newly refurbished rooms. Food is a big draw at the Lion, highlighted by the use of seasonal and local ingredients and special events promoting themes such as national banger week are held throughout the year. Drop into the Lion at Settle whether you‘re on a dales walking trip, just passing through town or if you live in the neighbourhood, settle in and enjoy.

Follow: @LionatSettle on Twitter and Facebook. Open: Mon-Thu 11-11.30, Fri & Sat until midnight, Sun 12-11.30 Food: Mon-Thu 12-10, Fri & Sat until 10.30, Sun 12-9.

The Lion at Settle, Duke Street, Settle BD24 9DU Tel: 01729 822203 (View on WhatPub.)

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