Sunday, June 24, 2007
Slubbers Arms, Huddersfield
It's over ten years since I last set foot in the Slubber's Arms, which is a senseless crime given my proximity to the place and a not infrequent craving for Taylor's Golden Best. Still it's good to report that very little has changed in that time, the most notable exception being the loss of landlord extraordinaire Dave Green - a rare publican who managed to keep everyone entertained regardless of how busy he was. This had to be the only pub in my recollection where waiting to be served was always a pleasure! Mr. Green has now moved on to writing about hostelries rather than running them and his recently published book Huddersfield Pubs is certainly worth a read. Order your copy here.
Either end of the main bar in the three-roomed Slubbers Arms showing the veritable treasure-trove of antiquities, not to mention football scarves! Note the nicotine stained ceilings which will hopefully be left as a reminder of the days before we were forcibly protected from our evil selves!
The pub's name immortalises the traditional skill of slubbing, the drawing out and twisting of fibre in preparation for spinning, and visitors can read all about the process and other crafts whilst enjoying a pint. The Slubber's is as much museum as it is pub and no visit is complete without sampling a little of the local history that resides here.
Being a Timothy Taylors tied-house (a rare thing in these parts), the Slubber's naturally enough has Landlord, Best Bitter and the aforementioned Golden Best permanently available, leaving just enough room for a single changing guest. This lunchtime's visit gave us the opportunity to sample some Bradfield Farmers Bitter which was outstanding and ensured a return will be made to this timeless gem in something considerably less than a decade! Map