Monday, October 19, 2009

A Hidden Gem

At the suggestion of several people, Sunday brought a trip into the Colne Valley to visit a pub I had heard many good things about but had never been to visit. The Tunnel End at Marsden is a real gem.

It is not the easiest place to find but driving or walking from Marsden centre, take Reddisher Road and the pub is on the right hand side just as it meets Waters Road above the Stanedge Visitors centre - it is probably easier to use the train as it is only a short walk from the station away from Marsden centre. Parking is also a premium at the pub so rail seems a good option.

It is a welcoming pub comprising various drinking areas with a real fire and a good food menu - ideal for these long autumn afternoons. On the bar were Taylor Landlord, Greene King IPA and Black Sheep but I opted for a guest beer from Saltaire and that and a coke came to just £3 so not overpriced. The food menu is reasonably priced too, and appears to be all home produced and of excellent quality.

All in all the Tunnel End is well worth a visit, especially if you have been walking on the moors and are in need of a warm, some decent beer and a recharge of your batteries. Just be wary of the opening hours as it only does full days at weekends.

Following on, and since I was in the area, I called down to see Johnny at the Swan at
Crimble to firm up the opening hours for his forthcoming festival. He confirmed that it starts Thursday evening and then all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday, (not 4pm on Friday as some adverts have shown), it looks as though that is my Friday sorted!! 30 beers will be available with some rare and new ones from near and far, so if previous festivals are anything to go by this looks like being another ticking treat.


Tandleman said...

The Tunnel End is a cracking pub. Do they still sell Tetley Bitter?

Olthwaite said...

It's a great place. I've been midweek and it's been packed - not many country pubs could boast that. The friendly, enthusiastic landlord, landlady and staff make you really feel welcome.