Friday, July 15, 2011

Yorkshire Post Pub Of The Year 2011

For the last couple of months The Yorkshire Post has been running a competition to choose Yorkshire's Pub Of The Year, in association with 'Welcome to Yorkshire'. The winner was announced at the Great Yorkshire Show, as was a 'Yorkshire Ale Trail' consisting of those pubs which made it through to the last part of the judging, 30 in all.

'The Shibden Mill Inn' was selected as the pub of the year. Nestling in a valley outside Halifax, it is a 17th century pub, that attracts a mix of regulars and passers by and is a worthy winner of the competition.

Situated in West Yorkshire's picturesque Shibden Valley, Shibden Mill Inn has been at the heart of local life for over 300 years. It remains so today, though its reputation for fantastic food, drink and sumptuous 4 Star guest accommodation now extends far beyond the Yorkshire borders. Open fires and low beams make Shibden Mill a magical place for sharing life's special moments and shaping memories to last a life time.'

But what of our local pubs? Sadly the only one to make it on to the 'Ale Trail' is the 'Grove' which came in 13th on the list.

But should you fancy a trip out in to the far flung bits of Yorkshire and want a decent pub when you get there, pick up a copy of the 'Ale Trail' - it covers pubs from Todmorden in the West, Sheffield in the South, and several in the Dales and East Yorkshire. Or there again, just stay in Huddersfield and sample some of the best pubs around. They may not have won the award, but we enjoy them.
YP article here.


Jibber said...

In my 30 plus years in the Calder Valley, the Shibden Mill is a place I've never visited, nor has it featured in any real ale publications (which makes me suspect it might be one of those Black Sheep/Taylors type places that we tend to avoid).

It does make you wonder what criteria are used to judge pubs. I'm always wary when the description talks about 'fantastic food and drink'. I don't want 'fantastic' food and drink, I want real food and drink!

Regarding real ale - well the fact that the Grove has made the list probably means that beer is taken into account. But as in the Good Pub Guide (which many people confuse with CAMRA's Good Beer Guide), real ale is just one facet rather than the raison d'etre that it is in CAMRA circles. Quaint oak beams and 'cosiness' can often take priority over beer. There's no guarantee of proper beer, as there invariably is in the GBG. I imagine you're just as likely to encounter smoothflow.

I'd like to see a list of the other 29 pubs on the trail, if only to prove that I'm wrong!

Will said...

I thought this was purely down to votes cast by readers of the 'paper' and and patrons of pubs eager to take part rather than any judging criteria.

Brian said...

Here you go, Jibber:

WestYorkshireman said...

I've visited the Shibden Mill a few times and the real ale has always been spot on, far from being a just having Black Sheep on pub it has 4 or 5 real ales on from independent locals and regionals, the food has always been excellent too.
Well worth a visit.