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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

Thirteen - Lucky for some!

The narrow frontage of Thirteen Duke StreetOn my way to the March CAMRA Keighley and Craven CAMRA branch meeting, I started thinking about which pubs, I would consider nominating for Pub of the Season, especially those that have not recently won it. (I have never previously nominated a pub for Pub of the Season.) I immediately thought about Thirteen in Settle it‘s a place I always enjoy visiting and regularly recommended to friends, both those who enjoy real ale and those who don‘t. I also know that it is a regular haunt of CAMRA members who live in North Craven and those of us from further afield who like to call in when we are in the area. Thirteen is in a useful location being less than 10 minutes‘ walk from Settle railway station, so handy to call in for a quick drink before the train. Even dressed in hiking boots after a day‘s walking in the surrounding area, I have always been made welcome.

Christine manning (?!) the pumpsChristine Holdsworth and Robert Ingham have been running Thirteen since it was converted from a hardware store in 2005. Real ale was added in 2009, and since then they have supported the principle of LocAle. Thirteen is one of only two establishments in the area (to my knowledge) to regularly sell a beer from Three Peaks brewery, brewed by a regular customer of theirs, Colin Ashwell. Currently, the Three Peaks beer is Ingleborough Gold (4% ABV). Since they started selling real ale, Christine and Robert have always stocked a beer from another local micro-brewery, Dark Horse, based in Hetton near Skipton. More recently, they have introduced a 3rd hand-pump, where Goose Eye Chinook (brewed in Ingrow, Keighley) has become a regular fixture. It is so good to see a small independent establishment showing they can successfully sell real ale sourced only from local micro-breweries.

The interior of Thirteen looking down the barForeign beer enthusiasts appreciate a rare opportunity in the Craven area to sample Budvar Premium Lager and Dark from the Czech Republic, on draught. The fridges also contain an interesting selection of Belgian beers, quality wines and soft drinks. Another community service provided is free internet access for customers.

During the day Tuesday to Saturday, the business light meals are available from 11am 3pm, generally prepared by Christine. These are popular with both local business people and day trippers. Early evenings there are good-value themed meals: Wednesday is Casserole night; Thursday is Steak night (with vegetarian option) and Friday features English Tapas and platters.

The bar at ThirteenMembers of Keighley and Craven CAMRA will be presenting Christine and Robert with the Pub of the Season award for Summer 2012 on Tuesday 26th June.

Thirteen is open on Mondays from 4pm 8pm (for drinks only); Tuesdays 10.30am 8pm; Wednesdays Thursdays 10.30am 10pm and Fridays and Saturdays 11am-11pm. Unfortunately, the bar is not open to the public on a Sunday, but is available for private functions.

Thirteen is Settle‘s hidden gem near the pedestrian crossing on Duke Street I recommend you give it a try.

AB

Thirteen Café Bar, 13 Duke Street, Settle BD24 9DU. Phone: 01729 824356

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