Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Grove gets Pub of the Season

This week 'The Grove' at Springwood was awarded the CAMRA Huddersfield Spring Pub of the Season award. In my opinion an award that has been a long time coming.

It is not everyone's favourite choice, but one cannot deny that to drag the pub from being a back street boozer that time had passed by, to where it is now, is a credit to Ian Hayes and his staff. It is a firm fixture on the Huddersfield drinking circuit and shows what can be achieved with a lot of hard work and a vision of how you want your pub to be.
There is something for everyone there. The beer enthusiast is treated to over 12 changing hand pumps and the idea to have pumps dedicated to certain breweries has certainly paid dividends. Where else can you find the new beers from Marble, Thornbridge, and Brewdog together on the same bar? These are backed up by changing guests from all over the country together with a few standard beers for those who like their favourites on a permanent basis.

These are supported by the vast array of bottled beers from all over the world, some coming from countries I never even realised had breweries. There are plenty of different lagers, not your usual fizz but proper foreign beers imported specially. And some of the strangest snacks you will ever see in a pub, or elsewhere for that matter.

Well done the Grove, you have waited a long time for this well deserved award. If you have not yet been, take a look, it is well worth a visit. (Our picture profile)


Tyson said...

A superb pub-one of the best in the country. But "over 12 handpumps" is being a bit modest, isn't it? Say it loud, say it proud-18!

Anonymous said...

Excellent surroundings, just a shame about the obnoxious, arrogant bar staff who have no customer care skills or sense of good business they would rather embarrass new customers in front of the regulars, I for one won't be returning or passing on any positive recommendations.