Friday, March 13, 2009

The Albert Hotel, Keighley

A little out of our jurisdiction this one but a simply stunning interior that just has to be shared. Leased by Ossett Brewery from Timothy Taylors, The Albert no longer functions as a hotel but retains much of the resplendent decor that must have made it a wonderful place to stay back in it's heyday.

The recent refurbishment has restored the bar to it's former glory and you cannot help but be impressed by the beautiful detail surrounding it. In fact wherever you choose to stand or sit there's a view to marvel at - indeed I can't remember ever taking so long to finish a pint!

And talking of beer there are no fewer than eight cask ales on handpump including a selection from the three Ossett owned breweries plus Fullers London Pride and a couple of guests - Boggart and Atomic during my visit. The draught lager line-up includes San Miguel, Erdinger, Becks Vier, Carling Extra-Cold and Stella with Guinness and Strongbow completing the picture. Landlord Nigel Mount is keen to increase the selection of bottled beers in the near future which are currently just Hoegaarden, Budweiser (US), Becks & Leffe.

Also in the pipeline is the credit crunch lunch which will be served initially from Friday through Sunday - and may now already have started. It will include typical bar fayre such as pie & peas, filled Yorkshire puds & chilli with rice - with each at an unbeatable 99p!

In addition to the two distinct drinking areas the pub also boasts a pool room and a large upstairs function room complete with bar, serving two Ossetts and a Fullers. Outside, a newly built decked area to the rear doubles as a smoking shelter - though don't expect glorious views of the Dales from here!

Being centrally situated in Keighley the pub has in the past attracted it's fair share of the unwanted, especially at the weekends, but with it's restored image and attention to quality ale, the Albert will hopefully bring in the clientele it fully deserves and remain a fabulous example of grand Victorian design for generations to come. (map)

Apologies for the temporary lack of an exterior shot of the Albert, but to do it justice will require better weather and an early morning visit.

1 comment:

Ten Inch Wheeler said...

A lot of the "original" features date from when Taylor's refitted most of their pub estate about 1995 when Charles Dent took over from John Taylor. Before that the Albert was a dingy biker/goth hangout with (if memory serves) half a motorbike on the wall and some dodgy fantasy art murals and a lot of formica. I can't recall how much is original, but the Taylor's refurbs were to a very high standard. I have to say, the pub is a lot nicer under Ossett than with Taylor's (even though I am their biggest fan). It says a lot about the brewery that they were prepared to lease it to a smaller rival.