Nice place, Sowerby Bridge. A touch of Hebden quirkiness set alongside the grittiness of west Halifax, and a proper canal town.
Any town with a passageway like this one from the station can’t be bad.
You emerge to the market, and this gem, which has been selling WKDs and Woo-Woos to the youth of Sowerby since 1915, apparently.
Pubwise, there’s an Osset house, a station cafe bar, and a gastro place in the Guide, but plenty of Friendly (pun intended) boozers that’ll sell you Black Sheep as well.
And now there’s a fancy brew pub.
In sharp contrast with your normal “Brew Tap in a dark industrial estate“, Hog’s Head have gone Shiny and really made a feature of the brewing equipment. It’s a destination Brew Pub to rival Nene Valley in Oundle.
They needed the perspex over that hole; there were children running all over the place, much to the horror of their grandparents. It could have been a Brewsters, if there had been a bored teen in a bear outfit and S Club 7 rather than Scrabble boards, The Clash and Double Diamond adverts to entertain them.
Whatever the merits of a pub-crèche, the investment is paying off. And despite alternate views elsewhere, and the apparent dominance of Moretti in the pub, I really liked the beer.
The Old Schnozzler Dark Porter was cool, rich and complex (albeit not very dark), an easy NBSS 4. And the friendly staff gave an automatic top up. And only £3.
It Mrs RM had been there and seen the craft board (however old fashioned it will look to some) I’d never have got her into the Spoons…