Redressing the balance in the Moldgreen district of Huddersfield this month is The Green Cross, which is now open for business and putting real ale back on the map in this largely caskless end of town. The striking exterior fronts a very tastefully refurbished pub with a balanced blend of new and traditional features providing a comfortable and relaxed environment. Two distinct drinking areas make up the front bar area with a back room for functions including live music. There is also a small beer garden to the side of the pub available to smokers and the rest of us if the sun ever shines!
A reciprocal agreement with Thwaites ensures their Best Bitter is always available alongside five guest ales, usually from Yorkshire micros. Gracing the bar during our lunchtime visit were beers from Abbeydale, Roosters, Kelham Island, Elland and Salamander, with enough styles to suit all tastes. A glance at the retired pump-clips revealed that the ubiquitous Leeds, popular Acorn, local Mallinsons and even a rarely encountered Abbey Bells of Selby had all done turns recently.
The addition of another quality boozer is really good news and ensures Huddersfield stays very firmly amongst the top real ale towns in the country, a fact that even the much maligned Cask Marque conceded earlier this year - perhaps they're not so out of touch after all! A little extra effort might be needed getting to The Green Cross, especially for those more familiar with the town centre to Folly Hall trail, but this place is certainly worthy of a detour, and one that won't disappoint.
The pub will hold a mini-fest to celebrate Yorkshire Day from 1st-5th August and will feature beers brewed especially for the occasion, including one or two surprises. Full details are on their website along with live band info and everything else you could possibly want to know - so if you've yet to put in an appearance, then here's the excuse you've been waiting for! (map)