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The Westgate, Halifax

To use a cliche this is a traditional, town centre local. Frequented mainly by male fans of horse racing and Rugby League when I visited (Saturday lunchtime). It was a peaceful and relaxing place to while away an hour or two.

Beers where Tetley's Bitter, Caledonian Top Banana and Theakston's XB. I tried the first two and they were pleasant enough.

14 Jul 2012 20:27

Shears Inn, Halifax

Hmmmm, I have to say I was a bit disappointed. Excellent beer, (I had Taylor's Golden Best and Best Bitter), and the pub is in a fascinating historical industrial area. I didn't eat but heard people saying how nice the food was. Service was prompt and friendly.

But I feel the pub has been spoiled by thoughless internal refurbishment. What looks like it used to be at least two rooms is now knocked into one. Decoration and soft furnishing is what I would call "Wilco's Chic" as favoured by so called 'boutique hotels'- strong colours, lots of stripes and big flowers - and out of character with the history of the pub. It will look out of date in a couple of years.

Add to that slightly obtrusive and bland music and I feel this pub could be superb but is merely good.

14 Jul 2012 20:18

The Boulevard, Wigan

I was expecting a grungy and dark bar but was pleasantly surprised at how bright and friendly the place was, with a good mix of drinkers in (it was Wigan beer festival weekend). I visited mid afternoon and imagine it gets much busier and noisier later on.

Good selection of real ales and real cider. Will go again.

10 Mar 2011 21:20

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