Sunday, July 01, 2007

The Drop Inn, Elland

Whilst we're on the Ossett theme, here's a look at one of their least known pubs on this the first day of the new smokeless era.

Formally The Oddfellows, The Drop Inn was the seventh to open under the Ossett Brewery banner back in February last year and bears all the hallmarks of the Company's vision of a traditional real ale environment.

I had this dream that at noon today pubs across the land would see mammoth queues of ostracized non-smokers desperate to reclaim their locals, sending profits through the roof and thereby vindicating the smoking ban and saving this ailing trade in one fell swoop! No sign of that happening here yet unfortunately but then The Drop is not the easiest pub in the world to find (map) so in the meantime we'll just have to keep everything crossed I guess!.

Live music is featured on the second Sunday of every month (see the brewery website for details) and the spacious refitted beer garden is a lovely feature, or will be if it ever stops raining this summer!

Eight handpumps dispense four Ossett ales, a Fullers (usually London Pride), a mild or stout and two changing guests from near and far. Today's offerings were a couple of heavyweights from Abbeydale (Absolution 5.3%) and Phoenix (Wobbly Bob 6.0%) both kept in lovely condition by landlady Linda Rowley and her staff; so do make the time to find this charming pub - 'cos no more smoke = no more excuses!

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