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.