Pubs and breweries in new Camra guide

Puzzle Hall Inn (from the left) Amy Dower, Maddie Gardziel, Chris Hall and and licensee Simon Stather
Puzzle Hall Inn (from the left) Amy Dower, Maddie Gardziel, Chris Hall and and licensee Simon Stather

More than 20 pubs and 10 breweries in Calderdale are celebrating winning approval from beer drinkers.

They have all made it into the Campaign for Real Ale Good Beer Guide 2013.

The surprising number of breweries reflects the growing popularity of micro-breweries which are successfully providing ales for regional pubs.

Sowerby Bridge provides the best option for a pub crawl with five pubs in the guide and four of those are close to the town centre.

Halifax also has five entries but only two in the town centre.

And, the Puzzle Hall Inn, has a double reason to celebrate as it is also Camra’s pub-of-the-season in the Halifax and Calderdale branch area.

Licensee Simon Stather said it was great to be recognised and he tried to provide a good all-round atmosphere in addition to quality beers.

“Camra commented on the atmosphere,” he said.

“We are a community pub in the centre of Sowerby Bridge.”

The pub is a popular music venue and it recently introduced Thai food nights.

Calderdale entries are: Independent breweries - Todmroden: Barearts. Sowerby Bridge: Brass Monkey. Hebden Bridge: Bridestones, Little Valley. Elland: Eastwood, Elland Brewery. Hipperholme: Halifax Steam. Halifax: Landlord’s Friend, Oates. Sowerby Bridge: Owenshaw Mill.

Pubs - Brighouse: Red Rooster, Richard Oastler. Elland: Drop Inn. Halifax: Big Six, Dirty Dick’s Food & Ale Emporium, New Prospect, Sportsman Inn (Swalesmoor), Three Pigeons. Hebden Bridge: Moyles (currently closed), Stubbing Wharf. Hipperholme; Cock o’ the North, Travellers Inn. Mytholmroyd: Shoulder of Mutton (currently closed). Ripponden: Old Bridge Inn. Southowram: Shoulder of Mutton. Sowerby: Church Stile. Sowerby Bridge: Jubilee Refreshment Rooms, Puzzle Hall, Shepherd’s Rest, White Horse, Works. Todmorden: Polished Knob, Staff of Life.