Welcome to the first 2012 offering of LocAle Spotlight. The establishments we write about are accredited in our LocALE scheme supporting Keighley & Craven branch outlets which permanently sell at least one beer brewed in the local area. This time we‘re highlighting a popular roadside pub in a traditional West Yorkshire village and a modern brewery bistro on the outskirts of a North Yorkshire town.
Stanbury is a lovely little village of less than 300 souls about a mile away from Haworth in the Worth Valley of West Yorkshire. It is believed that Stanbury was derived from Viking terminology, “Stan” meaning stone and “by” a village or farm. Originally Stanbury was made up of agricultural settlements scattered along the top of the ridge on an important travel route between Yorkshire and Lancashire. Over time it evolved into a busy industrial village. Designated a conservation village in 1973, Stanbury boasts an interesting collection of houses nestled along the Main Street and in the middle of these houses sits a public house known as the Wuthering Heights. A pub since 1763, its name was originally the Cross Inn. During the 1980s the building was renovated and re-named Wuthering Heights in response to the growing tourist trade. Visitors were attracted by the popularity of the Brontë sisters and nearby walks to Top Withens and the Brontë Falls.
Today the Wuthering Heights is an inviting stone building run by Nicci and Darren. The single bar serves LocAle beer Theakston Best Bitter and there are two other hand pumps offering rotating guest beers sourced from Yorkshire and Lancashire many of which qualify as LocAle. Beers from breweries such as Old Bear, Saltaire, Bowland, Timothy Taylor, Little Valley, Acorn and Naylors have featured recently. The pub is well-appointed with a cosy room off to the right of the main bar area and a larger extension to the left. A roaring fire will greet you during the grey Yorkshire winters. Service is efficient and friendly and if you sit at the bar, the locals will inevitably involve you in their diverse conversations!
There‘s a good-sized car park and a very nice beer garden with views of the Worth Valley. Free wifi is available. The last Tuesday of the month is folk night featuring local musicians and singers, Thursday is quiz night and free pool is on offer on Mondays. A Silver Lunch Club is held on Thursday lunchtimes offering a senior citizens menu at £6.95 and walkers are also catered for with a special lunchtime deal. Although popular with tourists, the Wuthering Heights is very much a community pub, a place for people to gather together and solve the problems of the world…
Day-time bus service 664 passes the pub. For times and further information visit: Transdev Keighley and District
The Wuthering Heights, Main Street, Stanbury, West Yorkshire, BD22 0HB Telephone: 01535 643332. Opening daily 12 noon - midnight. Food: Thu Mon-Fri: 12 - 2.30 / Sat & Sun: 12 - 3.30; Evening: Thu, Fri & Sat: 6 - 8.30. Web-site: http://www.thewutheringheights.co.uk
Leaving the Worth Valley we travel along the Aire Valley until we reach the southern outskirts of the town of Skipton. Here we find the Snaygill Industrial Estate and Copper Dragon Brewery fronted by their Visitor Centre & Bistro Bar. Following the brewery‘s expansion into purpose built premises, the visitors centre complex opened a couple of years ago. It features a brewery shop, selling bottled beers and branded merchandise, a conference centre and the Bistro Bar.
The Bistro Bar is a bright and modern open plan design serving the Copper Dragon range of beers all of which of course qualify as LocAle beers. Black Gold, Best Bitter, Golden Pippin, Challenger, and Scotts 1816 are the permanent range. Limited edition beers such as Freddie Truman Yorkshire Ale, Summer Creek, Conqueror and Fire Dancer have featured as well. The bistro part of the bar is an important feature, an open plan kitchen allowing the sights, smells and sounds of the food preparation to waft out amongst the customers in a very tempting manner. Since opening, the Bistro Bar has become very popular for its range of freshly prepared food and organised brewery tours. You can combine a tour with an enjoyable session of food and drink in the clean and modern surroundings of the Bistro Bar. Service is welcoming and efficient and although I suppose it‘s not common to travel to an industrial estate to enjoy real ale and a home made meal, the Bistro Bar at the Copper Dragon Brewery seems to make it work well.
Day-time bus service 66 and 78A passes the end of the road. For times and further information visit: Transdev Keighley and District
Copper Dragon Visitor Centre & Bistro Bar, Snaygill Industrial Estate, Keighley Road, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 2QR. Telephone: 01756 704560. Open for food: Breakfast: Mon-Sun 9.00 - 11.30; Lunch: Mon-Weds: 11.30-3.00; Lunch & Dinner: Thurs-Sat: 11.30 - 9pm; Sunday Lunch: 11.30-6pm. Web-site: http://www.copperdragon.uk.com/ and follow links to “The Bar Bistro”