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The Old White Beare, Halifax - pub details

Old White Beare

Address: Village Street, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX3 8QG [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 39216) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Brighouse (3 miles), Halifax (3.2 miles), Bradford Interchange (4.3 miles)

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The Old White Bear is a decent pub by any standards these days, as we found to our pleasure on our most recent foray.

However, it must be said that the bar and snug are both small. At busy times it can be a bit too intimate, with everyone rather in each other's faces.

It is as well then, that the complementary pub just down the road, the Pear Tree, has changed hands and undergone a makeover. The locality can easily support two pubs, especially when they don't try to copy one another.

The Pear Tree now offers a range of exceptionally well-kept ales, including standards such as Tetley's and Timothy Taylor's Landlord, but there were no less than six when we looked in, with Doombar, Castle Rock Harvest Pale, and Yorkshire Blonde amongst them.

They don't as yet do food, apart from Sunday lunch, but that may change. It's a sister pub to the Bull's Head at Gomersal.

The decor is now light, clear and airy, and the atmosphere is intended to be receptive to the genial and well-mannered. I wholeheartedly commend the management policy of protecting that last and most valuable of assets.

There are no television screens to distract or annoy, and the music just is at sufficient volume to give privacy to conversation but no more. I recommend it highly, either as a change from the OWB or as a favourite in its own right.
eddybeer - 12 Aug 2016 18:55
Delighted to see that the good people of Calderdale returned not a single UKIP councillor in the recent elections.

Well done to all the regulars at the OWB and the Pear Tree!


Buy your own pint !

eddybeer - 25 May 2014 19:39
PS: although the beers are now generally well kept, they do seem to overuse the sparkler. Ales take a lonf time to clear and have too large a head. Some of the younger bar staff pull pints where even the foam does not reach the rim. This is a shame, and unnecessary. Still beer is quicker and less wasteful to pull than foam. It has more life on the tongue too.
eddybeer - 14 Jan 2014 21:11
We ventured over again recently, and it's worth saying there's another pub, The Pear Tree, about 800m down the road. This latter, apparently, usually has on Tetley's and another such as Landlord. It's cheaper than this, but it's a bit of a lived-in locals pub. That's a pity, because its location could make it easily rival this one, with some improvements. I suppose Tetley's, Punch or whoever don't want the outlay though.

I thought a bus might make for a nice outing from Halifax, but there are hardly ever any I'm told. The only one I saw had "Local bus" displayed ("for Local People-nowhere you'd want to go", I suppose) but didn't say to which part of the locality it was going.

Anyway, the sun was shining and there was the usual (for this part of the world) display of beetroot-red bald heads here, in the outside area, which meant the rather limited space inside was at least enough, and pleasantly relaxing. Some old boy drove by in a Rolls Royce, and for some reason about half those seated outside waved at him, some standing to do so. (It's a good job they don't live in Notting Hill, they'd be worn out).

There were four real ales on here on this occasion, and the two I had were both in good condition.
eddybeer - 20 Jun 2013 18:20
I've been a few times since my last post, and the beer quality has since been consistently good, especially the Copper Dragon beers. The local loudmouths are only a consideration during otherwise quiet times, mainly during weekdays daytime/early evenings. I agree with the other poster that the staff are very friendly and attentive. Food is generally good quality, and the pricing seems better judged now. The management has changed in recent times, and I think the present incumbents are getting the feel of the tiller.
eddybeer - 15 Apr 2012 20:54

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