One of the branch‘s oldest inns voted Pub of the Season

In contrast to recent Pub of the Season winners, which have all been “new kids on the block”, our Summer 2018 award goes to one of the oldest establishments in the branch area. Dating from 1642, and claiming to be the oldest pub in town, the Talbot Arms in Settle is on Main Street, the pre-turnpike main road to Skipton, just off the historic market place. Run by Tony and Janette Clarke, who took over in November 2016, the Talbot is bright and welcoming, and offers good value food, well-kept beer and a friendly welcome to locals and tourists alike.

Although the pub was opened out into a single room in the distant past, it still has a warm atmosphere, with a distinctly separate games area (pool and darts) at the rear, beyond the huge imposing fireplace. The terraced garden through the door behind the pool table is an ideal place to enjoy summer sunshine, and being sheltered is still a great place for al fresco drinking at other times of the year. Look out for the annual Giggleswick and Settle Brass Band concert in the garden - unfortunately 2018‘s has already taken place!

The bar, part of the 2012 refurbishment when the pub re-opened in private hands, having been written off by one of the big pub companies, hosts a bank of six handpulls (left). These offer Settle Mainline and Theakston Best Bitter as regular beers, plus three or four guest ales from mainly local breweries - York, Worsthorne, Wensleydale, Wishbone and Beer Monkey feature regularly alongside beers from the two Settle breweries. One dark beer is always available, with Settle Nine Standards No. 3 and Wensleydale Black Dub Stout being the author‘s favourites. A board behind the bar lists the beers, with letters A to E indicating their colour/style, a useful feature. One rotating traditional cider is always available, brought by the glass from the cellar when requested - check the small blackboard on the bar to see what the current offering is. Good value pub food is served 12-8 daily, with roast dinners on Sunday between 12 and 6 or until they run out if that is earlier. Tea or coffee and cake are also available.

The occasional live music events (about once a month on average, nearly always on Fridays) are popular, and the “Open Mic.” nights are not to be missed (see photo right). The Bingo Quiz (first Monday of the month in winter, first and third Monday in summer), set by Janette, is well worth a try - with easy questions and rules to make it random at every stage, the person who gets the most correct answers may win nothing and the person who grabs the best prize may have hardly any correct answers! Other community-focused events are held and the pub takes part in the annual Settle Flowerpot Festival (photo below). Look out for the pub‘s first beer festival - planned for late autumn 2018.

Open from noon until 11pm seven days a week, the Talbot Arms is a true family-run pub (sons, Ethan and Harvey, both help out too) with friendly and knowledgable bar-staff. Put it on your destination list for a visit in the coming weeks and months - even better, stay over in Settle and savour the music, the quiz or just a good evening out.

Contact: The Talbot Arms, Main Street, Settle BD24 9EX Telephone: (01729) 823924.Twitter: talbotsettle. Facebook: talbotsettle. WhatPub: https://whatpub.com/pubs/SKI/SETT-1-TALB

For information on other pubs in Settle, view the web version of the Settle Pub Tour article from the Skipton Beer Festival 2018 programme.

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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

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