Monday, June 01, 2009

The Sportsman, Huddersfield

It's been nearly a month since the town centre's latest real ale house opened it's doors - just enough time for the dust to settle and for me to finally get around to a little picture taking.

The Sportsman is the latest Mike Field & Sarah Barnes venture following the incredibly successful and multi-award winning West Riding at Dewsbury railway station and the more recent remodelling of the Cellar Bar opposite Batley station.

The new pub is probably a little further from track side than rail enthusiast Mike would have ideally liked but then Huddersfield station is already overflowing with great ale and situated as it is just beneath the viaduct, the Sportsman's location is an acceptable compromise I would guess!

The main bar is flanked by two small and exquisitely decorated anterooms with an art deco style throughout. The bar itself is the main focal and talking point and is quite unlike anything else you'll find around here.The exposed and restored parquet flooring is another notable feature and in conjunction with some new tiling helps to create the distinctive acoustics.

Eight handpumps dispense a good range of mostly Yorkshire ales with one pump dedicated to Huddersfield's growing number of quality breweries - Mallinsons, Empire, Golcar, Summer Wine and Riverhead having guested already. Timothy Taylors will be permanent as will the eagerly anticipated new 'Golden' recipe from Black Sheep.

The quality of the beer I've sampled and that of everyone I've spoken to has been spot on and is a great credit to manager Sam Smith (no kidding!) and her staff, but then in such a prestigious cask ale neighbourhood there'll be little margin for error here.

With it's proximity to the railway station, the markets and less than a fifteen minute walk to the stadium, the Sportsman is well placed to succeed even in these difficult days of rising unemployment and inflated beer prices.

Whether the pub decides to introduce food, live music or host festivals remains to be seen but it's addition to the local scene is a welcome one and we wish Mike, Sarah and Sam all the best.

Website (map)
Address:1-3 St John Street, Huddersfield, United Kingdom, HD1 5AY
Phone: 01484 421929

Opening Times:

Mon - Thurs: 12:00 - 00:00
Fri - Sat: 11:00 - 01:00
Sun: 12:00 - 00:00

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I was in there opening week, had beers from FIVE local brewers was great to see, had two excellent Summer Wine brews and a nice light hoppy one from Golcar as well as those mentioned. I wish Sam & all concerned all the best, a great addition to the Hudds circuit!