Friday, September 16, 2016

The Corner opens this Saturday

Shortly before noon tomorrow I predict you will see a large but orderly queue forming outside this door.
Mallinsons' new taphouse, The Corner, opens at 12pm on Saturday, September 17 in the centre of Huddersfield.
The bar is situated on Market Walk across the street from the Nat West Bank and near Reeds Rains. 
It's less than a five-minute walk from Huddersfield Railway Station.
The name is apt as it's smack bang in the corner of an area known locally as Wappy Nick. As you enter the alleyway look for a green door and the tell-tale Mallinsons' symbol of Castle Hill on the first floor windows. 
Last night, Thursday, I was lucky to be invited to the trade launch.
The bar is a joint venture between Mallinsons' brewsters Tara & Elaine and former Sportsman landlady Sam Smith.
But that true statement doesn't quite tell the full story as the fixtures and fittings all bear the stamp of friends and family who have all chipped in to make the The Corner what it is (more of which later).
From the outside it looks like a small place but don't be fooled as it is positively Tardis-like inside.
A short flight of stairs leads to the main bar where seven handpulls and ten keg lines sit. Mallinsons' beers will occupy two each of these, and may be a third handpull if they've got a mild on. Last night we were treated to Mallinsons' Wappy Nick, Mild Thing and Nelson Sauvin (all between £2.40 and £2.50 a pint) on handpull and Spruce Goose and Citra on keg.
That arrangement leaves plenty of room for guest ales. On the wickets we saw Blue Bee, XT, North Riding and Outstanding.
On keg there were a couple from Track, three from Outstanding, a cider from Pure North, a lager from Holt's and a NZ DIPA from Roaring Four of London.
The beers were chosen by Tara and the emphasis seems to be on sourcing good beer that the Mallinsons' team like to drink rather than pleasing the tickers. That said, the Roaring Four was new to me.
Elaine, who kindly gave me a tour of the premises, said: "We always wanted to have a pub which had all the beers we enjoy drinking."
Having good beer is obviously a key element to success but having a good team to make things run smoothly is another essential ingredient.
And The Corner has one of the best front of house operators in the business. Sam Smith won a clutch of pub of the year awards just down the road from The Corner and needs little introduction.
Elaine said: "We've known Sam for years since she started running The Sportsman and we've always been impressed by her."
On the trade night there was an attentive team behind Sam who made sure that we were all fed and watered properly during the mini heat wave.
By now you'll be wondering what it looks like inside and where are the pictures. Better photographers than me (and ones who have contributed images to Mallinsons' pump clips) are due to visit over the next couple of days and we hope to post them soon.
For now you'll just have to take my word for it that it's a treat inside. It's a really comfortable and relaxing place to go for a drink. Virtually everything you see, from the bars to the tables and the chairs has been part of a collective effort. Elaine told me it had been a real "labour of love".

Friends, family and the team themselves helped to build the bars and the tables we supped from.You will have noticed I said bars. Upstairs there is an equally large area where a smaller bar with two keg fonts is situated. It has function room or a neat overspill area written all over it.

After a few drinks, a wonderful platter of meats, cheeses, olives and other goodies suddenly materialised.
The bar has a kitchen and there are plans for a lunchtime menu followed by an evening menu with small plates of food with an international theme. Judging by last night's feast the munchies we all experience after a few beers will be well and truly kept at bay.
I haven't even touched on the bottles, cans, wines or gin offerings yet but whatever your favourite tipple it seems safe to say The Corner has got it covered. 
It is a very welcome addition to the Huddersfield beer scene and I look forward to visiting again soon.
The Corner is based at 5 Market Walk, Huddersfield HD1 2QA. It opens tomorrow from noon.
The normal opening times will be 11am to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, Noon to 11pm on Sundays and 11am to 11pm Monday to Thursday.
You can take a video tour of the taphouse by visiting the Examiner's website  here.

1 comment:

Timbo said...

I am not jealous...honest !!! A welcome addition to the Huddersfield drinking scene..it should be a great success