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Fred Baker presents the Pub of the Season Summer 2017 plaque to the staff at the Boat House, Skipton, July 2017

Fred Baker presents the Pub of the Season Summer 2017 plaque to the staff at the Boat House, Skipton, July 2017

Turkey‘s flying high

The Winter 2014/15 Pub Of The Season, elected by the membership at the November branch meeting, is the Turkey Inn in Goose Eye hamlet. Licensees Mark and Heather Shelley have made a big impact in turning the fortunes of the Turkey around, considering it was shut for a while before they purchased it in November of 2011. Now it is a popular place indeed.

Pub of the Season Winter 2014 presentation to the Turkey Inn, Goose Eye, Keighley, December 16th 2014The pub underwent considerable renovation externally during last Summer and now looks very attractive from the outdoor seating area the other side of the road from the building. This seating was moved further away from the road during the work and this has improved the view and made it somewhat safer from passing cars. Further back from the road and down some steps there is a beer garden with views over to the old mill building, which is now accommodation, and over North Beck which runs into Keighley from Newsholme Dean. There are a number of public footpaths in the area, including one heading up the valley into the aforesaid Dean, which is to be recommended.

There are always Timothy Taylor and Goose Eye beers on sale alongside several guest beers. Food is to the forefront and the pub is always busy with people eating. On Monday nights there is a Pie & Pint for £7.95 offer. A quiz on Wednesday nights means you qualify for 10% off your food bill if participating and there are occasional music sessions as well. Traditional pub games of darts and pool can be found in the small room at the back of the pub. Three open fires are very welcome in the Winter months. The large car park gives you the option of overnight parking.

TLC minibuses run on clockwise and anticlockwise routes passing the Turkey‘s door. They are more frequent on Sundays when the 918 service runs during the day (about every 3 hours). Service 917 operates in the evenings every day of the week with the last one leaving Keighley at 7.50 P.M. and coming back from Goose Eye at 9.59.

Transdev Keighley 710 bus terminates in Laycock, which is up the very steep hill from the pub. They run half-hourly Monday to Saturday and hourly on Sunday. The last 710 from Keighley is at 6.30 P.M., returning from Laycock at 6.43. Bus times were correct at when this article was written in February 2015, but check with West Yorkshire Metro to make sure.

The Pub of the Season award was presented to Heather and Mark on Tuesday 16th December 2014 by Fred Baker, branch secretary. (Photo above, Heather and Mark are on the left.)

Fred Baker

The Turkey Inn, Goose Eye, Keighley Yorkshire BD22 0PD. Telephone: 01535 681339. Web-site: http://www.theturkeyinn.com/. WhatPub: http://www.whatpub.com/pubs/SKI/GOOS-1-TURK/

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