Leaving the Lantern as we found it, before Tiffany’s big visit next week, we headed west to King Cross for new GBG tick No.3. Or is it Savile Park ? Or Pye Nest ? Who cares ?
It’s a good job Charles just does as he told, rather than saying “Why can’t we go the pubs the nice man in the hotel recommended ?”.
Chris guided us, probably via the long route, but we had a great view down to the Calder Valley, and an entertainingly steep descent to the Wainhouse.
Buried into sloping residential streets, it looks an undiscovered gem. The pub website has a better photo with the eponymous folly. That tower will make a good future micropub.
I loved this place straight away, with rooms on different levels and all sorts of Proper Pub activities.
I realise I should moan that central Halifax is now ALL craft bars as far as the Guide is concerned; Alex, Grayston, Pump Room, Square, Vic, etc. None of those were there 5 years ago. But they all sell top quality beer, and make good use of a small area with lots of weekday activities to boost throughput.
Perhaps you can only make a Victorian three-roomer work in the sticks these days. The Wainhouse seems to be ticking over with quizzes and “Giant Yorkshire Pudding Nights“.
A more traditional cask line-up here.
For those of you without Maths “O” Level or a calculator, I make that about a dozen pints an hour sold at peak times. For comparison, I counted one pint in the GBG pub I was in for half an hour yesterday. And that was a mistake.
Three pints of 61 Deep, so I had the middle one. A reminder of how good Marston’s beer is when it sells (NBSS 3.5/4), not that I needed it.
Here’s Crafty Chris savouring a proper beer. Or perhaps it was the NOW…. Soundtrack. We know he loves Kylie & Jason.
A worthy GBG entry, and another reminder that fresh beer produces the best lacings.
Surely now it was time for the Big 6 ?