Friday, July 12, 2013

The Black Bull at Rothwell

It seems Ossett Brewery have so many pubs they've run out of names.  So it's back to the beginning for this Punch Taverns partnership venture, with another Black Bull - the first of a couple of Leeds postcode outlets that the company will restore and reopen this summer. 
 
 
Today (12th) is the official launch of 'BB#2' in the market town of Rothwell, a place I've not had cause to visit since the M1 link was built back in 1999 - before which a road trip to the Yorkshire resorts from my neck of the woods necessitated a drive through it.
    
 
Situated on Commercial Street in the centre of town, this detached multi-levelled open-plan community inn has been refurbished in typical OB livery with, as ever, a few quirky features thrown in. The pumpclip wallpaper for example, which has become a talking point in the recent Flowerpot refit at Mirfield, gets another outing here - albeit a more rustic version. 
 
 
Traditional green tiling is revisited and works well around the beautiful bar which boasts nine pumps serving at least four beers from the stables, Tetley's bitter and guests. Andrew Jones pies are becoming the standard sustenance in Ossett pubs these days and can be found here too in their own special fridge behind the bar. 

 
Outdoors, and a very spacious decked beer garden captures the summer sun till nearly 8pm  - and that's not all. A decent sized car park is a rare thing at Ossett pubs so whilst not advocating drink-driving, this may well tempt me into rediscovering my old route to the north riding. 
 
 
In three weeks it's The Old Peacocks turn to show off the brewery's wares. The Beeston pub has had a stormy relationship with neighbours Leeds United over the years but Ossett are hoping to get onside with the club and its fans right from the kick-off.  

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