Sunday, February 03, 2013

Cock o' The North

One of the pubs that I rarely visit due to its opening hours more than anything is 'The Cock o' The North' at Hipperholme, between Brighouse and Halifax. It is a most unprepossing place from the outside, being a couple of portacabins stuck together, at the side of a mill.

 But, having overcome that initial shock, the interior is totally different, with a long bar serving one room separated into a couple of distinct seating areas. It is a little dark but seems fresh and clean and behind the bar is something I have never seen before in a pub, with a couple of massive fish tanks covering the whole bar length. It houses some pretty impressive fish as well, if that is your thing. And is relaxing to watch whilst you drink your beer. 

I had actually gone for the beer though. The pub is one of the rare outlets for the 'Halifax Steam Brewery' whose beers are rarely seen outside the pub.  On my visit there were around 8 of their range on offer, but sadly, none of their dark beers. I settled down with a couple of their light beers, 'Aussie Kiss' and 'Giggles'. Both were excellent, but both around the same strength, and subtly rather than massively hopped and it was difficult to tell them apart. Others in the bar were drinking the 'Cock o'The North', a 5% darker offering, with more of a best bitter look about it, but I felt it a bit early to try a beer of that strength so I opted for a half of 'Jamaican Ginger'. I had good memories of this from previous festivals but was a tad disappointed with this one. It only had a hint of ginger, rather the massive ginger hit I had remembered.  

Nevertheless, I had enjoyed my little trip out. If you want to take a look it is on the road from Brighouse to Hipperholme, on the right hand side just past the old Philips premises, and well served by the 549 bus from Brighouse, or Huddersfield. Beware though, it is only open all day at weekends, with 4pm being its regular weekday opening time,. It does have its own caravan park though next to the pub.

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