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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 Old Silent Inn, Stanbury - Silent supporter of a Royal Rebel

If you‘re seeking a pub that ticks all of the boxes then our 100th Pub of the Season is the place for you: the Old Silent Inn, Stanbury does its best to offer something for everyone.

The 400-year-old Yorkshire stone pub is situated a short distance from the small Pennine village of Stanbury, a short way down the hill at the west end of the village. Only a mile and half from the popular tourist location of Haworth and just half a mile off the Pennine Way, its original name was the New Inn. Later it was renamed the Eagle Inn and by the early 20th century the hostelry had became known as the Old Silent Inn. This name comes from the time that Bonnie Prince Charlie reputedly hid at the inn for several weeks, reliant upon the villagers to remain silent about his whereabouts.

Landlord Paul and his energetic team stock an interesting range of local real ales: regular beers Timothy Taylor Landlord and Theakston Old Peculiar are supplemented by two other hand pumps offer a rotating range of beers from breweries such as Ilkley, Saltaire, Old Bear, Ossett and Kirkstall. You can enjoy these well-kept beers under oak beams in the stone-flagged bar area, where a roaring log fire blazes during the winter months, in the seated outdoor drinking area during the glorious Yorkshire summer months or at a table in the well-appointed Wishing Well restaurant. Head chef Gareth's award-winning cuisine, created using locally sourced ingredients, won the pub the Morning Advertiser Best Food Pub in Britain Award in 2010.

There are regular special events, the Ponden function room is available for parties and meetings and if you wish to stay over, the rooms are to 3-star Visit Britain standard. Free Wi-Fi is available in the bar area and dogs are most welcome in the pub. For those driving there is a large car park or you can get to the pub using the 664 Keighley and District bus (Monday to Saturday during the day) or the 916/7/8 Tyrer Tours bus (evenings and Sundays), which both run to the terminus just up the hill. The 812 bus runs during the day in the summer months on Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays and stops directly outside the pub.

The Old Silent Inn - an old pub run to modern standards. Find time to check it out.

The Old Silent Inn, Hob Lane, Stanbury, Haworth, Keighley, West Yorkshire, BD22 0HW. Phone: 01535 647437 or 640292. Website:

Colleen Holiday

The presentation took place on Tuesday 13th September 2011

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