Friday, November 12, 2010

The New Albion at Flanshaw

This month we feature another Wakefield district pub. And not because we've run out of boozers in Kirklees - indeed there are a couple in the pipeline - rather that The New Albion is just too sexy to ignore.


I have a vague recollection of the way the old Albion used to be as I was at school nearby many moons ago but more recently the pub had gained an unwanted reputation through association with drug dealing and violent behaviour, finally resulting in closure.


Lots of new housing and the opening of a link road to the M1 via a pleasant industrial estate (really!) have helped regenerate the area though and it's this change the new owners will be hoping to cash in on.


Anyway, no prizes for guessing who's responsible for the transformation. All the hallmarks of a classic Ossettification (a Timbo word I think) are there to see. In fact the only thing that might seem a little out of place is the inclusion of a permanent Everards beer on the bar, a stipulation of this joint venture between the two family run breweries apparently.


In addition to the Everards (which will be Tiger mostly) expect the majority of the remaining seven beers on offer to hail from the Ossett holy trinity. Our samples, one from Fernandes and the other Leeds, were in good condition and landlady Angie Cromack is a delight.


A final thought that might concern one or two is that the pub is far from worn-in and consequently the moment you sit down the place looks untidy. It's only ever been an issue at newly opened Ossett pubs for me and is testament to the high standard of the makeover, but whilst beautiful to look at, I do wonder whether there's a percentage of punters who never quite feel as comfortable as maybe they should. (map)

1 comment:

Leigh said...

Thanks will, thats another one 'on the list'...I can alwas count on you!