PUBS and clubs are at the centre of our communities.
Despite the problems faced by licensees and landlords, our town and surrounding area boasts some of the finest pubs you could think of.
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They function not just as pubs and clubs but places where the community can meet, where classes take place and in some cases even as a parcel delivery office.
We want to celebrate all that’s good about licensed premises – but we need your help to do so.
At the end of 2012 we asked pubs to get in touch to put themselves forward for our inaugural Pub of the Year award.
The pubs and clubs on this page did just that.
Now we need you to help back a pub on these pages by cutting out Pub of the Year tokens from your Examiner and handing them over at the bar.
The pubs will collate their tokens and send them in to us after the competition ends on Thursday, January 31.
The establishment which submits the most tokens takes the title of Examiner Pub of the Year – it’s that simple.
As well as the title the winner will scoop a full page advert in the Examiner, a special Pub of the Year banner for outside their building and a framed certificate. There are also smaller advertisements in the Examiner plus certificates for second and third placed winners too.
Examiner editor Roy Wright, said: "We’re delighted to be able to launch our Pub of the Year to the public.
"It’s the first time we’ve done this competition and are hoping you’ll help us make it a success.
"We recognise the importance of pubs and clubs to not only our social lives, but also to the local economy and the area’s identity.
"We now have a regular pub page every Friday, today’s is on page 29, to help highlight the licensed trade in and around Huddersfield.
"By handing your tokens to you local you can make a real difference to their chances and show to a wider audience just what a fantastic place your local is."
Here are the nominees
Brambles Bar And Cafe
Brambles is a stylish bar set in the centre of Holmfirth. During the day it’s a cafe bar serving coffee, teas and a wide range of food. They also serve a range of real ales and world wide wine and champagnes.
In the evening, Brambles becomes an up-beat bar with a good mix of customers of all ages. Last year Brambles won ‘Huddersfield Camra Autumn Pub of the Season’ and last September gained a Cask Marque for the quality of its real ales. The function room is used for the local Weight Watchers’ meetings.
The Field Head in Quarmby is a fantastic local pub which has a very friendly atmosphere. It serves real ales, has Sky Sports and clientele from 18 to 80 years of age.
Henry's Coffee and Wine Bar
Henry’s in Skelmanthorpe is turning into a fantastic success.
After a difficult start with licensing, they have had fantastic support from their growing customers. I wish to nominate Henry’s to thank the customers for their continued support over the past 18 months and for many more to come!
Lower Hopton Working Men's Club
Founded in 1882 and still going strong, Lower Hopton Working Men’s Club has a membership of over 600.
We have many successful bowling teams, two soccer teams and a thriving social scene. We have bingo, quizzes, annual an OAPs’ Christmas dinner and children’s party. There’s Sky TV with sport and racing and we’ve recently refurbished our function room.
The Rising Sun Inn on Crosland Hill Road is a perfect family pub with great beer and atmosphere.
Rose and Crown
Golcar’s Rose and Crown offer a warm, friendly atmosphere. We are a member of Camra and have been mentioned in the Good Beer Guide numerous times
We hold charity nights and events, a weekly quiz night, dominoes and host a football team. We are dog and children friendly with welcoming bar staff. Plus, the licensee regularly prepares meals for their elderly customers, which they take home free of charge. The pub definitely deserves to win the Examiner’s Pub of the Year!
The Rose and Crown
The Rose and Crown, Cop Hill, is a beautiful, family-owned country inn with a function suite and fantastic views across the Colne Valley. Serving hearty, local produce, fine wines and guest ales, the Rose and Crown has a reputation for quality.
Jane and the team at the Royal Oak in Paddock offer a fantastic venue with a great atmosphere and always a warm welcome. They have entertainment every weekend including live music, quizzes and karaoke.
The Royal Oak
We believe the Royal Oak in Linthwaite is one of the best community pubs in the area.
We have won many awards for our charity work, involving a wide variety of events for all ages such as our Yorkshire Day, bonfire night, pensioners’ Christmas party along with supporting local and national charities. In the past we have raised money and supported charities such as Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Macmillan nurses, The Forget Me Not Children’s Charity and others. Throughout our nine years in Linthwaite, we feel we have made a great difference to our community.
Slaithwaite Conservative Club
Slaithwaite Conservative Club is Slaithwaite’s community meeting place. It’s home to several community groups including: Colne Valley Male Voice Choir, Colne Valley Beagles, Colne Valley Swimming Club, Slaithwaite Guitar School, Danielle’s School of Dance and Slimming World. We serve a large selection of keg and cask ales and have four pool teams, a darts team and dominoes team. We have a large function room for local people to celebrate and have special parties. Once a year we also have a beer festival for the Colne Valley Lions charity.
St Patrick’s Catholic Centre
St Patricks Catholic Centre has great community spirit. Even though it nearly closed down it's back on its feet with a new committee. They have live acts every weekend.
The Stumble Inn
The village of Hinchliffe Mill was without a pub when the Shepherd’s Rest closed in 2009.
Some questioned whether it would ever have a pub again. Mood Developments bought the pub and began the long job of refurbishment.
The Stumble Inn started trading on March 10 and has since gone from strength to strength building up a reputation as a family friendly, community pub. It also happens to have a very good food offering, two football teams and two darts teams. The pub has become a hub for the community used by all ages, which is a refreshing change in these harsh times.
Armitage Bridge 'Monkey' Club
The Armitage Bridge Club is a community members club which lies at the heart of village life.
The now famous Monkeyfest has become a top event on the real ale calendar. The club is proud to support local community events and the Huddersfield Town Keep it Up campaign in aid of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. As we are only a small venue, we do not expect to become the Examiner Pub of the Year but 2012 saw us elected by the local Camra branch as Club of the Year, an honour we are very proud of.
The Bridge on Manchester Road is a great, thriving social hub for the community. There’s always something happening, it’s like an 80s fun pub brought into the future.
There’s live music every Friday, Rock ‘n’ Roll Sundays, Magic Mondays and Thirsty Thursdays, an open mic night once a month plus the best karaoke party with thousands of songs and a party atmosphere. We cater for parties and have a domino team, an All Fours team and two pool teams.
Our prices are great. We serve real ales, have fantastic drink deals and real ales – all served by our friendly bar staff and hosts Dawn and Derek. There’s never a dull moment and we give a warm welcome to all.
Customers think this Skelmanthorpe pub is just the best. The landlord visits elderly customers if they haven’t been seen for a day or two. The landlady feeds her customers and gives them lifts home at the end of the night.
She helps complete forms and make phone calls for those who need help. Last year she made Christmas dinner for 21 customers who have no family and would otherwise have been on their own at Christmas.
The Commercial in Slaithwaite is a warm, friendly and inviting community pub serving eight hand pulled ales, a real cider, fine wines and a wide selection of other favourite tipples!
We were the Camra Pub of the Season Autumn 2009 and Spring 2012. We have a real fire and regularly screen football and other sports on Sky and ESPN. Our quiz night on a Wednesday is always a great night.
We have live entertainment and discos every other Saturday and we support our local sports clubs with sponsorship and local charities with fundraising events. Children and dogs are welcome.
The George Inn
We feel this Upper Denby inn is a special place - a real, traditional village pub. In August 2008 we re-opened The George Inn, an Admiral Taverns pub, and over the last four years have worked hard to put the heart back into Upper Denby.
At the beginning of November last year we were very pleased to be able to tell the village that we had successfully purchased The George Inn, securing it's future and are very much looking forward to 2013.
The Golden Cock
Stunningly renovated this year, The Golden Cock has been restored to it's former glory as one of West Yorkshire's great pubs. Ricardo and his team provide four wonderful real ales, fantastic wines, food to die for and a really warm and genuine welcome. The locals of Farnley Tyas are delighted with the transformation and visitors are coming from far and wide to enjoy the hospitality we offer. We believe The Golden Cock should be a strong contender for the Huddersfield Examiner's Pub of the Year.
The Grove is a local village pub in Skelmanthorpe which has just been refurbished. We thrive on creating a warm, friendly atmosphere which is helped by the log fires and lovely customers.
The bar staff and I are all very friendly and welcoming. The Grove is also a bed and breakfast. The hotel rooms are cosy and I receive many compliments on my full English! I have recently started providing Sunday dinners which are proving to be very popular, as is the wonderful quiz on a Wednesday night. I am a well-liked member of the community and have great support from customers. William Trotter said: "Newly taken over and newly refurbished, The Grove is my local pub and has a great atmosphere, friendly landlady and bar staff. A very, very pleasant place to drink and socialise with friends and there’s always something going on.’’
Lindley’s Nightingale is an outstanding local family pub that has recently won several awards for its contribution to community service. We serve fresh, home-made food, quality real ale and a wide selection of beverages, while offering a friendly atmosphere topped off with a real open fire. We regularly have live bands performing, an acoustic open mic night, a quiz on a Sunday and Thursday and lots of other entertainment. Children are more than welcome and have their own menu including ‘toddler tapas’. We also support the local mums group ‘Motherhub’ which meets in one of our rooms upstairs.
The Rat and Ratchet
The Rat and Ratchet is constantly striving to keep up the sterling reputation that Huddersfield has for real ale. It is highly regarded for its selection and quality of real ale, real cider and perry.
Both the pub and the on-site Chapel Hill brewery have won multiple Camra awards over the years. Staff are both knowledgeable and welcoming and the pub is a warm, clean, dog-friendly environment!
The Riverhead Brewery Tap
We are a village pub, right in the heart of the Marsden village and community. We have our own brewery on site and our beers have won awards at several beer festivals. We have 10 real ales available at any one time with guest beers from far and wide. We have a dining room above which has had some great write-ups in regional and national newspapers. There is always a warm welcome to everyone here at the Riverhead.
A fantastic, friendly town centre pub with great beer and atmosphere which really supports Huddersfield brewers. We've won local and national awards which include Camra and English Heritage. We were the National winners for the Pub Design of the Year 2010 and Huddersfield Camra Pub of the Year for two years running in 2011 and 2012. We have live music throughout the month and serve food at weekends.
The Star Inn
The Star Inn in Folly Hall is a multi-award winning, genuine real ale Free House established over 10 years ago.
Our emphasis is keeping the establishment well kept and to serve real ales from all over the country and make sure that it’s a lovely place to be. With a warm, knowledgeable welcome to everyone, we create the lovely atmosphere of a traditional pub. It has been noted that we hold the best beer festivals in the country that attract folk from far and wide. All in all we are lucky to have such lovely customers and a fantastic team.
The Sun in Lepton was a failing Enterprise Inns pub which had several temporary managers over the years. After buying the freehold from Enterprise, my husband Carl and I completely gutted and refurbished the Sun and it is now firmly back where it belongs as part of the local community.
The Vulcan is a great, local pub in the town centre. We have six alternate real ales, cheap beer and drink offers. Our food is great value for money and we have just entered into the 2013 Good Beer Guide. We won Pub of the Summer in 2012 voted by Camra.
The White Gate
We offer a warm, friendly and social atmosphere. We cater for all ages and are family friendly in Mirfield. We offer a full range of traditional food to suit everyone, from the little one’s first meal out to the celebration of gran’s 100th birthday. We have a variety of beverages from four popular Cask Marque accredited cask ales to coffee, cola and cordial for the kids, all at very reasonable prices.
The White Hart
For over 12 and a half years I have been running the White Hart, Denby Dale, along with my husband Carl. We feel we’ve achieved something that not many other licensees have done in this area. That is, successfully running a Punch Tavern house for well over a decade. Pubs are essential to our communities and that’s why two years ago we decided to expand and bought the freehold of The Sun in Lepton from Enterprise Inns and now that is also a thriving village pub.
The Warehouse has a great student vibe and great prices in the town centre! The venue has something on every night, with lots of variety. Their food is always served quickly, to a high standard and the staff are all friendly. They also serve half price food on Sundays!
The Wills ‘O’ Nats
The Wills ‘O’ Nats is a warm, friendly pub and restaurant in Meltham with roaring open fires in winter and a large pergola and beer garden in the summer.
The Wills also has a reputation for excellent cask conditioned beers and has been voted into the Good Beer Guide for the last three consecutive years. It’s also won the Pub of the Season title in the summer of 2009 and Pub of the Winter Season 2012. During the summer, the Wills re-invents itself into a music venue by holding five band festivals in the car park starting on the first Saturday in May.
The Farmers Arms
The Farmers Arms in Holmfirth has a good atmosphere, good beer and excellent food. Added to which Danielle and her partner Sam have established and encouraged a real family atmosphere and community spirit. It’s also worth mentioning there are fantastic floral decorations outside the pub in summer.
Marsden Conservative Club
This is where it all happens. It’s also know as the entertainment centre of the north with award winning hosts Eric and Linda Bailey. The Marsden Conservative Club is a private members club by subscription, annual subs are £3. We always welcome new members, application forms are available at the bar.
The Flying Ferret
This Shelley pub offers traditional home cooked food and regular entertainment from local performers. Customers old and new are always welcome!