Plenty of individuality, smashing food and drinks and a bouncy atmosphere
At any time of day this entertaining place is buzzing with locals and diners all efficiently looked after by the energetic young staff, and the décor is quirky and individual: nicely simple pale grey, off-white and cream surfaces explode into striking bold wallpaper, there's a magnified hunting tapestry and surprisingly angled bright tartans, and an elegant mix of nice old tables and chairs that mix with Giant Timorous Beasties' bees papered on to the bar ceiling and a stag's head that looms out of the wall above a log fire. And the doors to the loos are quite a puzzle which of the many knobs and handles actually work?! Elland Best Bitter, Heavy Industry Nos Smoked Porter, Lytham Fettlers Ale, Phoenix White Monk, and Stonehouse Station Bitter on handpump, 20 malt whiskies, 15 wines by the glass from an interesting list and 15 gins. A more dining-oriented area shares the same feeling of relaxed bonhomie a favourite table is snugged into a stable-stall-style alcove of stripped wood; background music. A terrace outside has teak tables, with more on the grass.
Good Pub Guide Food
Bar food times: 12 - 9.30 (10 Fri and Sa, 9 Sun)
Championing the best local produce, the impressive food includes sandwiches, slow-braised pig cheeks with crispy pancetta and apple and sage compote, ham hock and cheddar terrine with apricot chutney, spiced butternut squash and chickpea tagine with red onion and tomato sambals, a pie of the day, burger with cheese, bacon, sauteed onions and chips, naturally smoked haddock with soft poached egg and light mustard cream sauce, and puddings such as cherry bakewell tart and vanilla pannacotta.