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Branch chair Colleen presents the Pub of the Season Winter 2018/9 plaque to the staff at the Wuthering Heights, Stanbury, February 2019

Branch chair Colleen presents the Pub of the Season Winter 2018/9 plaque to Nicci and Darren at the Wuthering Heights, Stanbury, February 2019

Quarry House Inn, Lees Moor, Keighley

The Quarry House Inn on Bingley Road, Lees Moor, has won the local CAMRA branch award of Pub of the Season for Summer 2004. This is the third time that the Quarry has won such an award with previous successes in 1989 and 1992. Chris and Marion with mum Jean, having trained in catering, moved in during the summer of 1982 and have now been ever present in CAMRA’s national Good Beer Guide for the past nineteen years; a remarkable achievement.

The Quarry is a converted 19th century farmhouse and barn with a small garden area to the front, offering a sunny aspect for sitting out in summer, and an extensive car park behind. Inside you enter a cosy bar area where the bar is a former pulpit. Even if only calling for a drink you may be tempted to order a meal from the specials on offer on the blackboard as well as the standard menu. They specialise in soups and a range of seasonal specials, taking advantage of the daily market to offer as much fresh seasonal food as possible. The regular mixed grill on Wednesday night is very popular as is the traditional Sunday lunch, when booking is essential. A children’s menu is also available.

Attached to the bar area is an open-plan, spacious, non-smoking dining area with several tables offering views to the fields beyond. In fact, as I sit penning this article, I am looking out on lambs happily gambolling together in the field opposite. My mixed grill is very good value at £6.95, with the beers in tip top condition as usual. Although my own favourite tipple is Taylor’s Landlord, there is also Golden Best and Best Bitter on offer as well as Tetley Bitter. The Head Brewer at Timothy Taylor hopes to be present at the award ceremony on 22nd June - an event not to be missed.

The ‘barn’ offers a function room with its own bar and toilets. It has its own separate entrance, retaining several original features. It is cosy but sizeable enough to comfortably cater for 100 people, annually hosting local branch meetings. It has proved so popular that it has recently been booked for the Yorkshire Regional Meeting of CAMRA in September that the Keighley and Craven branch will be hosting.

The Quarry House, on Bingley Road, is open for food from 12 – 2pm (bar open to 3pm) and 7 – 10.30pm (bar until 11pm, except Sunday) and, although no buses pass directly, it can be accessed from Halifax Road opposite the Crossroads Inn, with a shortcut up a footpath further down Halifax Road. For those approaching from other directions, the inn is located at O.S. grid reference 054381.

I look forward to seeing you at the award ceremony.

Ray Halmshaw

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