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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

The Boltmakers Arms, Keighley.

Presentation took place at the pub on Wednesday 12th March 8.00 P.M.

With CAMRAs' Community Pubs Week 2008 campaign taking place in February, it is great news that such a long standing fine example wins Keighley and Craven CAMRA Pub Of The Season - Spring 2008.

I would describe the Boltmakers Arms as a Classic Keighley town centre community pub - probably the de facto Timothy Taylor Brewery Tap!

A CAMRA branch pub of the season winner on previous occasions, the tiny, split level layout is almost unfeasibly small but this just serves to add to the character of the place. The licensees Phil and Val Booth demonstrate pride and professionalism here and it is always a very welcoming place popular with locals and visitors. It has recently been redecorated and re-upholstered.

Fascinating brewery, whisky, and, in particular, music memorabilia adorn the walls. The beer 'garden' and smokers' area to the rear of the pub is a fair and imaginative example of getting a "quart out of a pint pot". All 5 Taylors beers along with 1 guest ale and 1 guest cider on handpump are always available, they are seldom in anything but excellent condition, there is usually a choice of decent bottled beer too. If, like me you also like your beer distilled, there is a fine selection of over 30 scotch whiskies.

Phil's quiz every Tuesday night is popular and worth a visit for the sound effects, and to see him making a t*t of himself in some form of fancy dress! Somehow, usually once a fortnight, live entertainment acts are squeezed into the place.

What is also worth a mention is that the Taylor pub 'bug' has been passed on to Phil and Val's daughter Laura, who has progressed from bar staff here, to becoming licensee, along with partner Lee, at the Friendly Inn, on Aireworth Street about half a mile away.

This pub, in my humble opinion ticks so many boxes for what a discerning drinker/pubgoer would look for that I could eulogise about it for hours (and probably crush your will to live doing so!!!) So I'll quit while I'm ahead and say:

"Go to't Bolts - its chuffin good!!"

Big Ted Myrtle
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