BLACK RAT, WHITE RAT, NO TAT

 

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Students of GBG ticking (Open University, £9,250 p.a., cash only) will no doubt be intrigued by the variety of micropubs on this blog.  Moretti and Leeds fans in Silsden, Laurel & Hardy and family-friendly in Bingley, but now back to tiny and beery in Thackley, close to the world-famous Idle Working Mens Club.

Thackley

Suburban Bradford has given us some great pubs over the years; last year’s Thackley entry provided the 3rd place entry in my Lacings of the Year Competition.

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The Commercial

By bizarre coincidence, the Black Rat provides my final West Yorkshire tick, just as the Commercial did a year ago.  Spooky.

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You might miss it but I walked into the barrel

Folk sit outside on the pavement, a rarity with micros, but inside it’s back to standing at the bar.

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No, you say it

That left me a seat, a proper one, once the nice man moved his jacket.

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Obligatory beer mats

Eight locals in, space for 20 at a push.  Smaller than the Nutshell if not Hard Times & Misery.  Too small for a claustrophobe like me.

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Beautiful

But beautifully furnished, and with high quality beer presentation. The White Rat, from 3 non-weird beers, was like a cool sherbert, and an NBSS 4 to put the spanner in the Beer of the Month works.

Yes, there’s those bog-in-a-bag ciders and arty gins, but this struck me as a West Yorkshire pints pub rather than a sipping micro.

A good place to finish the “county”, and move on to tougher challenges.

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4 thoughts on “BLACK RAT, WHITE RAT, NO TAT

  1. About 300m from Charlotte’s parents house. Her Dad doesn’t trust micropubs though as all the beers are too hoppy (he says). Suspect you might be back next year for the Itchy Pig in Eccleshill.

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  2. “close to the world-famous Idle Working Mens Club”

    Talk about an oxymoron. 🙂

    “Suburban Bradford has given us some great pubs over the years”

    According to the OS map there are a multitude of hills in this area. Well, apart from that place that in reality means someone was shilling for Eccle. 😉

    “The Commercial”

    I’m beginning to that, if marketed properly, good lacings on a glass could become this century’s lava lamp. 🙂

    “You might miss it but I walked into the barrel”

    Silly boy. You’re supposed to just walk into the first half of that word.

    “Obligatory beer mats”

    Too right!

    “but this struck me as a West Yorkshire pints pub rather than a sipping micro.”

    All of the people (and drinks) in the accompanying photos support that.

    Cheers

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