Last post from wonderful Bradford, ’till Monday at least, when I need to start making up some ground on BRAPA as he closes in on a full set of Yorkie ticks.
I could have lumped Shipley in with Bradford, I suppose, but that sort of carelessness has no doubt started wars in CAMRA circles before.
I’d got the huff with Shipley/Saltaire already, as one new GBG tick has opening hours of 1-6pm. No points for guessing what type of pub that it is. The other newbie is also designated a micro, but it’s open all the time, so it can’t be.
As the train pulled in, Google Maps informed me cheerily that Odd Fellows Bar was permanently closed. Helpfully, the connection with Keighley gave me just enough time to run and check it out on the outward leg. It appears that Odd Fellows is a successor is a replacement for Odd Fellows Bar. Or something.
I could hardly wait for the visit on the return leg. Some folk on Northern trains had a head start on me. Nice glass, Sir !
Tucked into the car park of an already basic shopping centre, Odd Fellows is the sort of place that would look at home on the Chells estate in Stevenage, or anywhere in Collyhurst. I’ve seen more basic looking pubs, but rarely in the Beer Guide. As so often, the interior is magically better, if you like pubs anyway.
Simon rated this one highly last month, and I can see why. It’s a real cheery community local, combining the best qualities of a social club in a pubby environment. Darts, dogs and Draught Bass signage. I should have stayed for a pint, rather than a half. I should have had the Tetley rather than the local brew. I’ll probably pop back when I return for the Cap & Collar.
I caught it on Quiz night, which means you get a lively crowd, but doesn’t explain the question “Have you been sleeping with Trevor ?”. My notes are hazy, I don’t remember if that was a quiz question or not, or how it related to Billy Idol’s “Dancing in the Dark“.
This is how to do a micro-pub folks.