Friday, April 11, 2014

Three Pigeons Refreshed

A chronological refurbishment programme is underway at the Ossett estate it seems. In September we saw ratification in Huddersfield (pub 2) and last night it was histoplasmosis eradication in Halifax (pub 3).


The Three Pigeons once had the distinction of winning the English Heritage/CAMRA Conservation Pub award for one of the best art deco interiors in the country and with it the burden of responsibility.


That was eight years ago now and the 'pigs' has frankly had a bumpy ride through recession, not to mention the odd CGAS manager. Definitely time for a complete moult then.


Although a very nice tidy up, highlight of the evening was the unveiling of the former storeroom at the back of the pub (above). This tiny addition has been stylishly converted and with its cast iron stove will be the snuggest of snugs come winter.


The additional space now means six distinct drinking areas are available to the visiting hostel historian, each creating it's own atmosphere and providing a drinking experience quite unlike any other locally.


Outdoors and the once blackened stonework has been extensively cleaned, about time you might think - but not everyone's happy. The local council have approached the brewery about darkening the building again as apparently it's not in keeping. Actually Calderdale, it's called inn keeping, and revolves around attracting custom in order to make a living. Seriously!


3 comments:

Jibber said...

Great that the 'three pigs' is being improved.

What I did find slightly surprising in this report is the lack of any mention of the hexagonal (I think) atrium from which all the other rooms lead. This is the crowning glory of the pub. Unfortunately, its painted ceiling is peeling and in dire need of refurbishment.

Without this spectacular atrium, the pub is pretty dull, with the predictable Ossett/ Fernandes/ Riverhead and Fullers beers.

Will said...

No change to the atrium which as you rightly say needs something doing as it now lets the rest of the pub down. A new 'art deco' design would be great but they inexplicably hold the existing artwork in some sort of reverence.

Ale Ambler said...

Nice pictures & review, Will.
Not a place I've been to yet.
Fair play to Ossett for helping keep pub sport alive.
Dartboards are becoming too scarce a sight in ale houses these days.