Thursday, November 01, 2007

Rat & Ratchet, Huddersfield

I had intended to do an exhaustive guide to the Rat many moons ago but to put it bluntly I just couldn't be arsed! It's like I feel too close to the pub and it's regulars to write anything objective and for some reason am strangely self-conscious about getting the camera out when it never bothers me elsewhere.

Without doubt it's the pub I most frequent in town for more reasons than I've got room for here, but put very simply it's a great combination of interesting beer and good people (or should that be the other way round?!) - so rather than any attempt at personal anecdotes etc, here are the plain & simple nuts & bolts of this almighty boozer!

THE RAT LOWDOWN (for low down rats!)

14 handpumps serve -
Ossett Pale Gold
Ossett Silver King
Ossett Excelsior

plus rotating Ossett guest
a Mild/Porter/Stout (very occasionally from Ossett)
& a Real Cider (or Perry) on draught or by gravity

Frequent Guests from:
Daleside - usually 'Blonde'
Pictish - usually 'Brewers Gold'
Phoenix - often the newer brews but occasional 'Arizona'
Fernandes - ever changing from this quality producer
Riverhead - usually 'Butterley', 'March Haigh' and 'Redbrook'
Abbeydale - 'Matins', 'Moonshine' & 'Absolution'...mostly!
Bradfield - quite often 'Farmers Blonde' or 'IPA'
Moorhouses - seasonals

Recent Guests from:
Roosters/Outlaw - 'Cream' cropped up again plus 'Amarillo'
Elland - seen most months and very popular - especially 'Beyond the Pale'
Anglo-Dutch - the session stuff recently rather than 'Tabatha' unfortunately
Acorn - 'Barnsley Bitter' & 'Gold' have been doing the rounds & seasonal 5% IPAs
Boggart - both dark & light milds have put in the odd appearance
Brew Dog - made a recent appearance with Edge, Hype The Physics many many more

Continental Draught Beers & Lagers etc.
Becks Vier
Budvar (dark)

The Rat comprises four separate drinking areas plus an attractive terrace beer garden for when the weather's fine. Distractions are kept fairly minimal with a pinball machine, one slot, a wall mounted (but unobtrusive) TV plus the near legendary jukebox. There is a regular quiz (currently Wednesdays) but live music seems to have died a death apart from an occasional 'open mic' night. However with former landlord Dave Kendal-Smith now working behind the scenes for the Brewery, there's every chance that the events calendars of all Ossett's ten houses might start to fill up a little.

Food is no lomger available but a mini-fridge on the bar stocks a selection of locally produced pies and pasties.

The pub normally has two regular beer festivals a year, a mini mild one in May (around 15 beers) and the all singing version in September (over 60 beers last time) to rival it's illustrious neighbour down the hill but the main one is currently on hold.

Additional Info
Rob Allen

40 Chapel Hill
Opening hours:
Mon - Tue 3-12
Wed - Thu 12-12
Fri & Sat 12-1am
Sun 12-11

Click here for map.
More photos will appear shortly as will a list of bottled beer and a draught beer update - please keep checking back

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