I’ve no idea why I popped in Sowerby’s Spoons. It’s been opened 4 years and studiously avoided the Beer Guide, so it was hardly a pre-emptive tick in a well-pubbed town.
But you know how it is when you’ve got a new quarters’ Spoons vouchers burning a hole, and a curious desire to test how beer quality is holding up in Timboland.
There’s been a lot of fuss on CAMRA Discourse (surely not-Ed) about some Spoons giving a faint hint they might be in the Guide when they’re not. I can assure you, there are plenty of Wetherspoons serving good beer that aren’t in the Guide, and to a lesser extent vice versa.
West Yorkshire has loads of excellent non-GBG Spoons; Brighouse, Cleckheaton and Huddersfield for starters.
And Sowerby, where the Commercial also looked the liveliest place in town at 5pm.
I counted nine handpumps, normally eight too many, but I also saw eight pints pulled while I was there, which is the stat that matters.
Someone ordered the Ilkley Rombald, said “Mmm, nice”, so I did too. NBSS 3.5/4.
All human life was there. Except, of course, the toddlers using the Hog’s Head as a gastro playground. I particularly admired IT guy with 2 cans of Resin on the go. We’ve all been there.
I had 2 cups of Flat White from the fancy new coffee machine, and felt like the King of the World.
The less said about this historical photo, the better.