Calderdale produces an excellent weekly “Pub Paper” listing all the beers at the local pubs, an excellent way of finding out about potential pre-emptive ticks for the likes of BRAPA and Pubmeister, though sadly giving no obvious outlets for the Draught Bass fan.
Prompted purely by curiosity, I made for the Alexandra, stopping only to admire the trees growing out of the top of buildings, always a sign of a great town.
As is a Victorian jewellers lit up with fairy lights.
WhatPub also shows how much cask there is any central Halifax now, but it doesn’t show just how many new bars have opened up recently.
Another bright Shiny bar, this time with an upstairs so you don’t have to sit on a high stool.
No John Smiths Cask, so I went for the lovely Black Iris. As you’ll note, this was Evil Keg so I’ll have to come back for some cask when it gets in the Beer Guide.
A sizeable circuit is emerging in Halifax, linking up the traditional places like the Three Pigeons with a host of micro bars.
It’s all great fun, though time will tell if it’s more Middlesbrough than Margate. All the town needs now is a metro line to get you to and from the Big 6 quickly.
I finished with the classic crispy shredded beef and Singapore rice from Xin Ying, aTop 10 Chinese Takeaway.
In the morning the Piece Hall looked less magical, but at least I found out what it was for. Hipster brunches;
This is what you call a breakfast menu;
It was very decent grub, though just a little too early in the day to wash it down with one of their keg beers. If I take Mrs RM back to Halifax she may not show such restraint.