The pub used to be the Junction Inn but has been totally transformed from its previous life into a light and airy place with walls taken back to their original stone, new fireplaces added and the floor now a mixture of stone tiles and wood. The decor is modern and gives the place a clean and welcoming feel, and is complemented by a new bar. Another feature, and an especially useful one during this current heatwave, is the furnished terrace out back.
The yeaton cask is owned and run by Jane Robson, who deserves much credit for spending time and money to achieve her dream. Jane is well known in local pub circles, I recall her from the Oddfellows (now The Drop Inn) at Elland in pre-Ossett days, and she has brought her experience to the bar here as well. The pub offers three regular beers, Taylors 'Landlord', Hawkshead 'Red' and a 3.8% ale brewed specially for the pub. The house beer's true identity is a well guarded secret - so there's a challenge for the experts amongst you!
In addition there are four changing guests which on my visit were from Goose Eye, Peerless, a wheat beer from Springhead and a mild from Bank Top - all in excellent condition. Sales of beer from the likes of Thornbridge and more locally Mallinsons have been very encouraging and Jane is even considering a permanent pump for the Derbyshire brewery's output. Non-cask lagers are from Staropramen, Stella and Becks plus there's Guinness to make sure all the bases are covered.
The prices I considered were sensible as are the opening hours (all day Wednesday to Sunday opening 4pm Monday and Tuesday). Food is not available yet but when the place has become more established the kitchen side will be sorted out as well. In the meantime I would like to wish Jane and her staff all the best in this new venture and appeal to everyone within a bus-ride of this excellent little pub to give it their fullest support.
Jane has saved me a job by kindly allowing us to use these pictures of the pub from her new website which includes an up to date beer list and virtual pub tour. (map)