Spotlight on two birds - a Swan and, more approriate for Christmas, a Turkey - Winter 2018

In this seasonal issue of Alesman our local ale beacon shines upon a fine British pub at the centre of a tiny hamlet in the Worth Valley, originating from the Industrial Revolution, and a popular roadside hostelry built in the early 1800s which is situated in in the river Wharfe valley in a village dating from the Bronze age.

The Turkey Inn, Goose Eye

The Turkey Inn, Goose EyeIn the valley of the North Dean Beck, just below the village of Laycock is Goose Eye (previously spelt ‘ay’ or ‘ae’ meaning by the stream), where local entrepreneurs sought to take advantage of the fast flowing beck running through the hamlet, opening Brow End Mill in 1791, which quickly became the Rag Mill, and Turkey Mill in 1797. This was later extended in the Georgian style we see today. Turkey Mill was a major producer of the paper: at one time paper from here was used to print the Indian Rupee. The hamlet developed around the mills and the Turkey Inn, which has been a public house for well over 200 years and is reputed to be the oldest building in the hamlet.

The large letter K in the pubís stained glass windows, now replicas, signify its connection with the long defunct King‘s brewery, and the pub was the birthplace of Goose Eye brewery in the late 1970s.

The Turkey Inn was extensively refurbished by the present licensees, Heather and Mark, and its single bar serves three snugs, each with a real fire to keep out the winter chill. Local history adorns the walls, together with a display of music memorabilia from an association with the now defunct Brontë Blues Club. It has a pool table, holds a quiz night on Wednesdays, and hosts occasional live music and special theme nights. Good food is served from the kitchen. It is family- and dog-friendly and offers free Wi-Fi. There is a seating area across the road from the pub for fine sunny days.

The LocAles on offer are Goose Eye Bitter and Chinook Blonde and Timothy Taylor Golden Best and Landlord. There are further hand pumps on the bar dispensing guest beers from local breweries such as Bingley, Naylor‘s and Settle, and from further afield, Oakham, Phoenix, Sarah Hughes and Thornbridge amongst many others.

The Turkey Inn is a good base for meeting friends, exploring the surrounding countryside, but above all enjoying some fine cask beer. It was this Branch‘s “Pub of the Season” Winter 2014/5. The irregular Keighley Jets K14/K16 circular buses stop outside the door. The half-hourly (hourly on Sundays) K1 service (day-time only) terminates in Laycock, 10 minutes‘ walk away via a very steep hill.

Opening hours: Tuesday-Saturday 12-11: Sunday 12-10.

The Turkey Inn, Goose Eye, Oakworth BD22 0PD; telephone 01535 681339. Website: WhatPub:

The Swan, AddinghamSwan, Addingham

The long-established village of Addingham, between Skipton and Ilkley, has been populated since the Bronze Age and was first documented at the time of the Viking invasions in 867 AD. Named Haddincham circa 972 and Odingehem in 1086, it has also been called Long Addingham, due to it evolving around three local community centres. Originally a farming community, the textile industry and mills came along in the late 1700s, then the main turnpike was built and public houses soon followed. Today it‘s a commuter cum retirement village and a very pleasant place with nearly 3800 residents.

The Swan was probably built in the 1820s and was definitely listed in the 1851 census. A solidly built roadside pub, it has a central bar with four rooms surrounding it. There are open fires and each room has its own feel. Comfortable and tastefully decorated, it offers something for everyone. Dog- and family-friendly, the pub welcomes locals and visitors alike.

On the six handpumps, the LocAle beers on offer vary all of the time and can include beers from Ilkley, Ossett, Wharfedale, Theakston and Timothy Taylor, as well as many other local breweries. The Swan is Cask Marque accredited, so you will find good quality as well as variety.

Jonny, Amy and their team run the Swan in a friendly and efficient manner. The food menu is a main feature with specials of fish & chips on Tuesdays and steak on Friday evenings. Special party menus are also available. Music evenings are very popular with Saturdays showcasing live groups featuring rock and blues. Games nights are well supported and local walks are promoted. Pleasant outdoor seating is at the front and there is a car park at the back, free WIFI is available.

Historically, the Swan has been noted for its ghostly apparitions and they include a coachman, a girl and a dog! The Swan is a great starting and finishing point for visiting the nearby Yorkshire Dales, as well as places such as Skipton, Otley and Ikley. Stop by soon!

Opening hours: Open daily 12 until late. Food service is 12 to 3 and 6 to 9 Monday to Saturday and 12 to 7 on Sundays.

The Swan, 106 Main Street, Addingham, LS29 0NS; Tel 01943 430003; Website: WhatPub:

Keighley Bus 62 runs daily from early morning until late at night. First Bus X84 runs from morning until early evening between Leeds and Skipton.

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