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.
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.
By bizarre coincidence, the Black Rat provides my final West Yorkshire tick, just as the Commercial did a year ago. Spooky.
Folk sit outside on the pavement, a rarity with micros, but inside it’s back to standing at the bar.
That left me a seat, a proper one, once the nice man moved his jacket.
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.