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The Hart‘s Head, Giggleswick

Back in the days before either Settle or Skipton had a bypass, a prominent landmark on the way to the Lakes was a welcoming-looking pub on a corner as you left Settle. Tempting as it was, we never stopped – the car we had needed a run to get up Buck Haw Brow! We only discovered the Hart‘s Head in Giggleswick, Keighley and Craven CAMRA‘s Pub of the Season for Summer 2010, at a later date.

The current owners, Barbara and Trevor Reynolds, have been running the pub for over 12 years and have recently been joined by daughter Kate, making it a true family-run pub. In that time they have notched up two previous Pub of the Season awards and ten consecutive entries in CAMRA‘s Good Beer Guide. Six cask ales are always available, including beers from breweries not often found in the area such as Lancaster, Barngates and Captain Cook as well as Locale favourites such as Copper Dragon, Taylors, Dent and Bowland.

Built in about 1820 when the original Giggleswick bypass (i.e. the Kendal to York turnpike) opened, the Hart‘s Head has a multi-room feel. To the right as you enter from the road is a comfortable lounge area with sofas, comfy chairs, cushions and a display of crockery and quirky tea pots. To the left is the games area with Sky sports, a pool table and a darts board. There is also a full-size snooker table hidden away through a door opposite the bar and down some stairs. The pub hosts teams in local dominoes, darts, pool, snooker and quiz leagues and there is a weekly quiz, hosted by Trevor on Sunday evening. If the weather is fine, check out the pleasant (but steeply sloping) garden at the back - head down the stairs towards the toilets and turn right. Good value food from a wide menu is available 12 to 2.30 and from 5.30 until 9 Monday to Saturday and from 12 to 2.30 and from 5.30 until 9 on Sundays. Booking is advisable at weekends and food is normally served in the separate dining room.

Accommodation (to ETB 4-star Inn standard) is also available in the form of 10 letting rooms, some in the pub itself and some in a cosy-looking converted building at the foot of the garden, providing an excellent base for exploring the western Dales or the Bowland area. Next time you‘re passing Settle by car, don‘t take the bypass. Take the old road and stop off at that prominent landmark on the corner as you skirt Giggleswick. You won’t be disappointed.

The award was presented on Tuesday 15th June 2010 at about 8.30 p.m.

Richard Candeland

Normal opening hours for the Hart‘s Head are: Monday and Wednesday: 12-2.30; 5.30-11; Tuesday and Thursday 5.30-11 (also 12-2.30 in school holidays); Friday and Saturday 12-11; Sunday 12-10.30. Contact 01729 822086 or via their website:

(The Hart‘s Head can be reached easily by train. It is less than a mile from Settle station on the Leeds to Carlisle line and slightly further from Giggleswick station on the Leeds to Lancaster and Morecambe line. The last train back from Settle to Skipton, Keighley and Leeds is just after 9 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays.)

Note: Previous awards were: Winter 2004/5 and Winter 2006/7.

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