Cheers to that! Shibden Mill Inn scoops top pub award

Shibden Mill Inn, Halifax....31st August 2011.... Picture by Simon Hulme
Shibden Mill Inn, Halifax....31st August 2011.... Picture by Simon Hulme

A popular Halifax pub has scooped a top award which recognises the best pubs in the United Kingdom.

The Shibden Mill Inn, Shibden, has been selected as a Sawday’s pub award winner in the ‘pub with rooms’ category.

Sawday’s guide unearths those special gems across the country and describes the Shibden Mill Inn as a “rambling and beautifully renovated old corn mill, hidden in a tranquil wooded valley overlooking Red Beck, just minutes from the hustle and bustle of Halifax.”

It goes on to say: “At night, the peaceful stream-side terrace is floodlit and heated, for idyllic summer drinking. An unstuffy integrity lies at the heart of Simon Heaton’s welcoming inn, from the front-of-house warmth to the pubby bar where locals gather for a natter over a pint of Shibden Bitter.

“There are beams and timbers, roaring log fires and stone-flagged floors, deep sofas and soothing colours in the cosy, candlelit bar and dining rooms, and the wine list is impressive.

“Refurbished bedrooms are comfortable, individual and decorated with warmth and style, with big beds and bold colours.”

The three winners of the pub with rooms award promise a restful slumber in top-notch bedrooms.

Rhe two other winners in this category were The Anchor Inn in Seatown, Dorset and Lord Crewe Arms in Blanchland, Durham.

Toby Sawday, Managing Director of Sawday’s, said: “The pub world is changing at hectic speed, amidst the mire of lattes, chrome, hip-dom and hedonism there are bastions of special and we’ve found them – a diverse and innovative bunch.

“From ‘Micropubs’ stocked with cask ales, to craft breweries, treehouse rooms and supper clubs, these special places are reinventing the old tradition.”