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Fred Baker presents the Pub of the Season Summer 2017 plaque to the staff at the Boat House, Skipton, July 2017

Fred Baker presents the Pub of the Season Summer 2017 plaque to the staff at the Boat House, Skipton, July 2017

Waggon & Horses, Oxenhope

A locale pub for locale people!

But there’s definitely something for you here!  If you like a drop of quality cask ale that is!  This place is located at a high, wild, windswept, lonely but beautiful Pennine moorland location on the A6033 - 1 mile out of Oxenhope towards Hebden Bridge.  At around 1,200 feet above sea level, is this now the highest pub in West Yorkshire?  Cracking views and, on a clear day, you can see Pen-Y-Ghent from the beer patio outside the entrance.

A few years ago, there was concern that it would close its doors forever but, thankfully, it  evolved as a successful real ale brewpub and restaurant.  Sadly for Yorkshire, the brewery moved to pastures new north of the border, in mid 2004.

It was at this time when Jerry and Clare Nixon took over.  This is their first ever venture as publicans and Jerry freely admits to knowing nothing about cask beer when he started out but he did have a palate honed on fine wine!

It is often said that enthusiasm can make up for lack of knowledge and experience.  Well, I believe that principle is amply demonstrated here because Jerry soon began to acquire knowledge plus a keen appreciation for the real stuff and, from then on, things have progressed admirably!

There are normally 5 cask beers available, mostly from independents.  The range varies constantly apart from Taylor’s Landlord which tends to be a permanent fixture.  Jerry is a fan of the golden ale style and this is reflected in the beers that you often find here – Oakham, Durham, Newby Wyke, Phœnix, Wensleydale, Castle Rock etc. but the more traditional bitter styles can also be enjoyed from time to time.

During the month of May Jerry agreed to take part in our annual “Mild Trail” campaigning event along with 33 other pubs in the Keighley and Craven area.  Bazens Black Pig Mild was available here for that month.  Lo and behold, this was declared the “Best Mild of the Mild Trail 2005” at the same time as the Autumn pub of the season 2005 award vote, an unprecedented double achievement!

So, great location, pleasant pub, good ale, nice food, very friendly staff (well, they seem to put up with my tedious slaver about beery issues anyway!).  Long may the “Waggon” continue as such.

Congratulations on winning the “double”.

Pint please Mr. “Golden Beers”.

Cheers!

BM

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