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Two public houses in a pretty Aire Valley village - Winter 2016

The festive season is upon us and we focus upon two public houses situated in a pretty Aire Valley village just a few miles from Skipton in North Yorkshire. They are traditional locals, well supported by villagers and enjoy a friendly rivalry.

Cononley village has a long history with its first written mention in 1086 in the Domesday Book. Traditionally rural, it enjoys a classic village layout of a main and back street. The textile industry and lead mining eventually came to employ most of the inhabitants and buildings from the 17th to late 19th century abound. Today Cononley is a designated conservation area and is a friendly and close community with lots of village events, clubs and activities, including an annual beer festival in the Institute in October.

The Railway, Cononley

A short walk from Cononley railway station is the pretty whitewashed hostelry named the Railway. Owned by Punch Taverns and leased by Bridgehouse Brewery, its first mention as a pub was in 1880. It has been tastefully decorated and is larger than it looks from the outside with an open layout. A wood-burning stove provides a cosy atmosphere in winter, and there is ample outdoor seating at the front for sunny days. The pool table and sports television are in one area with a softly furnished lounge in another. Very much a village local, there is a Thursday quiz and new licensees Karen and Howard are hoping to offer further events including live music, check their Facebook page for information.

LocAle beers are Bridgehouse Aired Ale and Blonde with the third hand pump alternating between other beers from the Bridgehouse range. Home-cooked food is available between 12 and 6 pm Friday to Sunday. Monday is Cask Ale Day with discounted beer. The Railway is family and dog friendly and has a comfortable and friendly environment in which to enjoy a pint and have a chat. Give it a go.

The Railway Inn, Main Street, Cononley BD20 8LS. Tel 01535 634683 Open 2-11 daily.

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The New Inn, Cononley

Just a few minutes‘ walk up towards the centre of the village and you‘ll find the New Inn. A Timothy Taylor tied house, it‘s run by Jane Savoury and her excellent team. LocAle beers are Timothy Taylor Golden Best, Boltmaker and Landlord with a changing guest beer, often from a local brewery such as Saltaire.

The New Inn has been a public house for more than 200 years boasting mullioned windows, low beamed ceilings, single bar and a warming stove, seated in a huge stone fireplace. A pool table and television are situated in the small “Archives” room at the front with a seated area to the side of the bar. There‘s a function room upstairs, available for meetings and special events. Quiz night is Tuesday and there‘s a secluded garden at the back as well as tables at the front of the pub where you can watch the world of Cononley drift by. Food is served Wed- Fri 5.30-8.30. A classic pub, well-supported by the local community, pop in and enjoy pint or two!

The New Inn, Main Street, Cononley BD20 8NR. Tel: 01535 636302. Open: 5 to 11 Mon; 12 to 2.30, 5 to midnight Tue-Fri; 12 to midnight Sat; 12 to 11 Sun.

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