Monday, February 23, 2009

Riverhead Revisited

One or two recent cosmetic alterations to the Riverhead Brewery Tap were the reason behind this latest update. But any old excuse to visit this beautifully refurbished ale house will do me! Located centrally in Marsden, Ossett Brewery's eighth pub acquisition four years ago also included the purchase of the brewery and both have continually been improved upon in that time.

Issues with the beer quality now appear to have been ironed out with the appointment of enthusiastic brewer Joe Kenyon of CAMRA's Heavy Woollen branch - and some very interesting stuff has been cropping up on the bar recently such as Cherry Mild and a massively hopped 6% American IPA.

Upstairs, the award winning restaurant has remained popular with locals and tourists alike, providing the template for similarly successful projects at the White Horse, Emley and the Silver King in Ossett.

Overseeing the entire set-up is manager Vicky Stagg, who has been at Riverhead since pre-Ossett days, providing the necessary continuity to appease the locals as well as having an understanding of the requirements of Marsdens many visitors. For further details or to book a table, Vicky can be contacted on 01484 841270 (Pub) or 01484 844324 (Dining Room). (map)


Joos de Littlemore said...

Whilst I like the 'gastro-pub' concept, the delivery often leaves much to be desired; what one frequently gets is a pretentious pub with moderate food. The Riverhead manages to neatly sidestep all this: it's like two worlds, with an excellent boozer atmosphere downstairs, and superb food AND service upstairs. I try to get here often - it is a quality place.

Dave Turner said...

I would agree that this is a fine pub, great beer and excellent well priced food. It was just a little let down on my recent visit by the toilets which are seemingly unventilated and very small. It rather marred our visit having to queue (for the gents!) and having to put up with the malodour. One for future improvement please!

kim said...

we now have a gents and ladies toilets solely for the dining room customers along with another dining room for approx 30 diners,