It’s always good to sample Sam Smiths OBB close to source, and the Old Star in Clifford is about as close as you can get without braving Tadcasters dead-end (bridge re-opening next week I hear).
Clifford, and the Wetherby area in general, hasn’t troubled the Beer Guide for ages, and we know how hard it is for a one-beer pub to get CAMRA recognition, outside Stockport anyway.
I may have been lucky, but the OBB in the Old Star was as good as in the Boar’s Head. Great beer can’t be sold for £3.50 apparently, but it can be sold for £1.90 in the home of Sir Geoffrey.
Smooth, cellar cool, and sunk in ten minutes. One of us stopped in the public for a second pint, I explored the other three immaculate rooms, restored from a previously opened-out monstrosity by Sir Humphrey.
A new Landlord in the Star apparently, escaped from Frodsham. He already seemed intimate with the foibles of the regulars, and was happy to take the mick out of me for trying to order a half.
Shame it doesn’t open till 4pm, but that’s modern Yorkshire pub life for you.