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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 Fleece, Haworth

Presentation of Pub of the Season to the Fleece, Haworth, December 2010The Fleece is a Timothy Taylor‘s pub, very popular with both locals and tourists, right in the middle of the Main Street in Haworth. It is a deserved winner of our Winter Pub Of The Season award. The pub did win such an award once before, but that was in Autumn of 1986. So it‘s about time it came around again! As you enter the front door there is a small, secluded, side-room with a TV on the right. The main drinking areas are near the bar, which is fronted by attractive slates, and down some stairs beyond the left-hand end of the bar. In this ‘bottom room’ there are framed photographs of the Railway Children characters. The eponymous film was made near here, largely at Oakworth station and along the length of the railway line. There is a seat out the front, with more outdoor seating in the rooftop beer ‘garden’, which is at the top of the pub, three storeys above the bar (i.e. up many steps!). The Fleece sells the full range of Taylor‘s draught beers, at a ‘happy hours’ price from 4 to 7 P.M. on weekdays. There is also a large range of foreign bottled beers available, including Kwak (one of my favourites). Opening times are 12 – 11 Monday to Thursday, 12 – 11.30 Friday, 10 – 11.30 Saturday and 10 – 10.30 Sunday. Food is available from 12 – 3 and 5 – 9 weekdays; 10 – 8 Saturday and 10 - 6 Sunday.

200 years ago the Fleece was a coaching inn and the present beer cellar is where horses were stabled in those times. The bodies of TB victims were stored at the pub, temporarily, as happened at other pubs in the Haworth area when the disease was rampant locally.

Nick Hindle has been running this Timothy Taylor‘s tied house for the last 4 years and has greatly improved all aspects of it, despite having no previous experience of the pub trade. Before this he had been in senior management for a chain of health clubs. He moved to Haworth 9 years ago. The pub has now been in CAMRA‘s Good Beer Guide for 3 consecutive years. It is the recipient of both the Beautiful Beer Gold Award and the Beautiful Beer Platinum Award and is the only pub in Yorkshire to have received the latter award to date. The pub offers accommodation to 4 star Tourist Board Hotel standard. There are 7 rooms available, consisting of the Brontë suite, 2 singles, 3 doubles and one twin room. (Tariff available on the pub‘s own web-site). A special mid-week winter deal runs from 1.1.11 to 28.2.11 whereby two people sharing a double or twin room pay £150 for 3 nights stay or £99 for 2 nights. The Fleece is readily accessible by buses number 500, 663, 664 and 665 from Keighley. Most Tyrer Tours minibuses also go via Haworth. The KWVR steam trains run at weekends and during the week at the busier times of year, but note it‘s a big pull up the hill from Haworth Station!

The award was presented on Wednesday 15th December 2010.

Fred Baker

Fleece Inn, 67 Main Street, Haworth BD22 8DA. Telephone: 01535 642172. Website:

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