Archive for the ‘Pub Paper’ Category

It’s alway good to find that a bar you haven’t visited for a while has kept the standards up.  This was very much the case with The Firehouse in Sowerby Bridge a couple of weekends ago.  I’d only visited a couple of times before and liked the place, but recently when visiting the town we’d […]

Last week the Portman Group, who are the self appointed regulators of alcohol advertising, marketing and packaging upheld a complaint which stated the bleeding obvious.  The complaint was regarding super strength beers Kestrel Super, Special Brew and Skol Super, all of which are 9% lagers.   The can typically contains 4.5 units of alcohol, more than […]

I’ll start this week with a quick review of the new bar in town, the Victorian Craft Beer Cafe in Halifax.  Located behind the Victoria Theatre on the site of the former Ricci and Capone restaurant, it is spread over 3 (or 2.5) levels with big open areas and cosy private areas alike.  The beer […]

You can’t help but notice that the big breweries are now clamouring to launch their own “craft beer brands”, either by resurrecting old recipes much as Worthingtons did with their White Shield beer a few years ago (and a very nice beer it is too) or by marketing new beers as being from their “craft […]

Pubpaper 789 – The State of the Pub Nation 2015

Posted: 2nd January 2015 by santobugtio in Pub Paper, Writing

New year, same problems for pubs, much as I said a year ago, nothing has really changed in the pub world on the ground over the last year.  On the plus side craft beer and smaller brewers are becoming increasingly popular, more breweries are opening, and the upstarts are growing.  What is happening countrywide is […]

I do like it when big companies try to get their own way and promptly find themselves poking their own eyes out.  Heineken have been supplying Wetherspoons pubs for 35 years with a contract worth £60,000,000 a year in revenue.  Wetherspoons have 925 pubs in the UK and 2 pubs in Ireland, and it is […]

Pubpaper 787 – New Pubs, Old Pubs, Closed Pubs

Posted: 3rd December 2014 by santobugtio in Pub Paper, Writing

Recently, myself, friends and extended family visited the Huddersfield Festival of Light in Georges Square.  A light show to entertain the children, the adults having a few drinks outside while they were kept entertained, a nice plan.  Except somebody decided to put all the food and drink vendors in the same narrow corridor, meaning queues […]

Pubpaper 786 – Two years at the Cross Keys

Posted: 1st December 2014 by santobugtio in Pub Paper, Writing

What do you call an empty shell of a pub, a few tables and chairs, a cellar which needs totally re-equipping and a bar with an solitary ale pump.  25 months ago you would have called it the Cross Keys in Siddal.   What is now one of the best known ale houses in the Calderdale […]

Last week in parliament, the crucial vote on whether pub companies with more than 500 pubs and at least one tenanted or leased site would be forced to offer a Market Rent Only (MRO) option, took place.  As it stands tied pubs are forced to buy beer at inflated prices from the pub company as […]

Pubpaper 784 – The real reason for the local pub!

Posted: 9th November 2014 by santobugtio in Pub Paper, Writing

The local pub is important, along with the local shop, chippie, post office and takeaway, it’s what differentiates a housing estate from a village.  There are places where people can meet and interact as part of day to day life, they give people a reason to stay in the local area and the create networks […]