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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

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What a transformation!

In Summer 2011, the Talbot in Settle was looking very sad. Neglected over the preceding years by the pub-company which owned it, it had finally closed, was boarded-up and for sale. Now it is a busy, thriving free house and the winner of our Pub of the Season award for Autumn 2013.

Will Palmer, Rosie‘s brother enjoying the ambiance of the newly opened Talbot in Spring 2012Bought in September 2011 by the Palmer family, who were then running the Maypole in Long Preston, the Talbot underwent a lengthy refurbishment over the winter of 2011/12 and re-opened on 3rd April 2012, just in time for Easter, in the capable hands of Rosie and Russell East. (Rosie‘s maiden name is Palmer.)

Barely recognisable compared to its former self, the light and airy interior forms an L shape around the long, newly installed bar. To the left as you come in the main entrance, there is a huge old stone fireplace, complete with wood-burning stove which blasts out heat in winter, surrounded by comfortable seating. Beyond is an uncarpeted area with a pool table and darts board (pub teams compete in local leagues), a television for sports events and the exit to the beer garden. To the right is further comfortable seating and ahead is the bar, boasting six handpumps dispensing well-kept real ale.

The old stone fireplace on the left in the main bar.Theakston Best Bitter is the only permanent beer. This is accompanied by three guest beers in winter, increasing to five in summer, one of which almost always comes from the nearby Settle Brewery (it may be from their Nine Standards range). Local breweries feature strongly and the pub is a CAMRA-accredited LocAle outlet. On our survey visit in early August, the full range was Theakston Best Bitter, Settle Mainline IPA, Saltaire South Island Pale, Naylors Velvet, Old Bear Airedale Pale Ale and Wold Top Bitter. If you canít see all the pump-clips, check out the blackboard behind the bar to find out what is available. This clearly lists the beers, the ABV and the price and grades the colour of the beers on a scale from A to E where A is very pale and E is very dark. Other drinks are, of course, also available!

The terraced beer garden at the Talbot, Settle. Excellent value food is served daily from 12 until 8. As well as the main menu, there are daily specials (check out the board to the right of the big fireplace) including veggie and gluten-free options. Home-baked cake of the day is available and this can be enjoyed with tea or coffee as well as with ale.

The beer garden is one of the best in the Keighley and Craven area. Accessed up some steps from the door behind the pool table, it is spacious and sheltered and ascends in a couple of terraces towards the crag behind the town. Cut off from the bustle of town it is a haven of tranquillity and is a great place to soak up the sun. The covered smokersí area has heating in winter and lighting for those dark nights and, unlike many smokersí areas, the luxury of some seats and a table.

The Talbot, Settle as you approach from the Square.Open from 12 noon until 11 each day, the Talbot is on High Street, which runs off the main square behind the town hall and Tourist information Centre, almost parallel to what is now the main road. The car park is through the arch beyond the pub and there is access into the beer garden from the car park for safe cycle parking. Settle railway station is at most 5 minutes walk away.

Why not have a day out in the Dales and, as part of your trip, pop into the Talbot? Rosie, Russell and their keen, efficient and knowledgeable staff along with Dennis the pub cat will be pleased to see you.

The Pub of the Season award was presented to Rosie and Russell on Saturday 21st September.

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