Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Mitchells to brew again (sort of....)

Mitchell's of Lancaster have acquired York Brewery and it's four pubs (including Mr Foley's in Leeds). York Brewery will be supplying many of Mitchell's 60 or so pubs, which must leave them in a very strong trading position. Mitchell's will be looking to acquire suitable premises in Yorkshire to add to the York Brewery pubs.

Not so good news in York, where the popular Black Swan (Peaseholme Green) has closed suddenly. Hopefully Enterprise Inns (who own the pub) will find a new landlord soon, but for now the comedy club and folk night and regular drinkers need to find a new home.

One pub I thought might have closed for good years ago is Elland's Drop Inn, but today, thanks to it's latest owners (Ossett) and landlord (Tom) this pub is a "must visit".
The weekend saw a festival of strong and mainly dark winter ales. Mauldons "Peggotty's Porter" (4.1%) and Oakham "Attilla" (7.5%) both hit the spot.


Anonymous said...

I was shocked to hear of York selling out, especially to a Lancasria company, just hope that this secures their future and their beers will be around for years to come.
Just a word about the Drop as well...it is the pub in Ossett estate that prides itself on the stronger beers, no on e in that part of Elland seems to get out of bed for a beer of less than 4.5% so usally the beers on the bar are not to be taken lightly. Better to use the bus, the 503 from Huddersfield/Halifax stops a couple of minutes away, than risk driving. Tim

ArcticFox said...

Tim, your advice is well heeded.... I was pie-eyed and brushy tailed at the hands of a travelling truuck driver who insisted on buying us Atilla at the recent festival at the Drop - which incidentally has ALWAYS been one of my haunts (along with the barge) - I am ashamed that a chain from over t'top would make such a meal out of York Brewery - I went on a brewery tour recently and spent enough in their bar (£2.60 avg a pint) that they didn't need to sell out - buggers!!!!