Sunday, December 08, 2013

Rat Renewed

It's  nine years since the purchase of the Rat & Ratchet on Chapel Hill in Huddersfield signalled Ossett Brewery's intent. And whilst it's sometimes been tricky keeping track of the burgeoning pubco's expansion, even for those with a keen interest,  the evolution has been anything but dull.

However, failing to keep your stock in good shape whilst continuing to grow has been the downfall of  many a pub chain in the past; so this recent unveiling was an important commitment from the company, not to mention a real treat for those of us who consider the environment in which we drink every bit as crucial as the quality of the ale.

The attention to detail in this comprehensive overhaul is remarkable, and in no way compromises the Rat's unique character. From the new floor tiling, which strikes you so overwhelmingly when entering, to the superbly re-imagined 'upstairs', this is so much more than the 'fettle' described in the company's mini press release.

The restoration of brewing in the cellar, the new management team of Richard and Lisa, the external stone-cleaning, the salvation of the beer terrace - in fact nigh on everything (except those damned toilets - next year apparently) has come together in a relatively short space of time to put the Rat right back on track.

So has Huddersfield's iconic pub retaken the title of Ossett Brewery's  'flagship' house? Well just a few months ago we were heaping praise on what a brilliant job had been done at Elland Road (something we say quite frequently round here!) - now it would seem the balance has, at the very least, been restored.

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Ale Ambler said...

Excellent pictures, Will.

Jibber said...

That tiling! Looking at it stone cold sober makes you a bit dizzy! What will it be like after a few pints!!