Originally a farmhouse on the packhorse track between Leeds and Halifax, this handsome 14th century whitewashed pub in leafy Norwood Green was rebuilt following a fire in 1593 using timbers from the eponymous Elizabethan galleon, one of the ‘Great Ships’ in the Queen’s fleet.
Fast forward a few hundred years and the comfort quotient has improved considerably! There’s loads of room to sit outside – a stone yard at the front, a graveled area at one side – both sun traps – and coming soon, a huge decked area overlooking the fields.
Inside, flagged floors, glowing oak settles and the aforementioned ancient intricately carved wood paneling at the bar – it’s really quite stunning. Another attractive feature of this atmospheric pub is the snug, with its high, curved wooden seating, oak tables, cribbage boards and roaring fire.
There’s a slightly more formal beamed dining room bedecked with nautical ephemera as befits the inn’s history; elsewhere, gleaming copperware and hundreds of old photos on uneven walls. Service is unfailingly genial.
Cask Marque ales include Timothy Taylors Landlord and Golden Best, Copper Dragon IPA, Golden Pippin and Black Sheep. The wine list is comprehensive, with 20 by the glass and a bottle of house coming in at a reasonable £11.85. The whisky collection is extensive or if you’re the designated driver, a pukka Italian espresso machine will deliver a cappuccino in fine style.
The good looking menu changes regularly; expect the likes of chicken liver parfait, gammon steak, home made steak pie or creamy basil pesto and spinach pasta.
The Old Beare Inn, Norwood Green, Halifax HX3 8QG. 01274 676645. www.oldwhitebeare.com. Open seven days a week, Monday to Friday 12-3, 5-9, Saturday 12-3, 5-9.30, Sunday 12-6