Wuthering Heights, Stanbury: The Yorkshire pub in Brontë Country with stunning views all year round
Stick a pin in the map of this part of West Yorkshire and you’ll hit any number of interesting places to visit; Howarth alone has the fabulous Brontë Museum, good shops, a couple of excellent pubs and it’s the base for some memorable walks.
Just a short hop is Stanbury, itself full of history, and on the Brontë Moors just off the Pennine Way and surrounded by the heather moors.
Stanbury has many associations with the Brontes, perhaps being most famous as a popular starting point for a walk up to Top Withens.
Nearby Ponden Hall is thought to be the model for 'Thrushcross Grange'. Smack in the middle of the village, and dating from 1763 is The Wuthering Heights, a handsome, millstone grit pub on the main road with lots of outside space including a pretty vine-covered terrace and seats at the bottom of the car park which make the best of the spectacular view over the Worth Valley.
Camping is available in the small field below the garden with those views from your tent door, and new to the camping field are two cosy shepherd's huts each with double bed and wood burning stove if you fancy making a weekend of it.
Inside, it’s reassuringly traditional, unfussy, and well-worn with swirly carpets, dark brown furniture, wood stoves and many copper kettles hanging from beams.
Nobody’s wandered through the various rooms with a Farrow and Ball mood board and there isn’t a single sign saying ‘you don’t have to be mad to work here but if you are it helps’: hooray! What matters is that the welcome is warm, the beer is on song and the menu is appetising.
Alongside pub classics (steak & Guinness pie, burgers, fish pie and curries) the Specials Board features the likes of potato hash topped with black pudding, poached egg and hollandaise, vegetarian sausage mash with peas & gravy and for nostalgia freaks good old chicken in a basket.
Sunday roasts are popular and there’s a kid’s menu too.
On the pumps, Moorhouses White Witch, Craven BYB (Best Yorkshire Bitter) from Craven Brew Co in Crosshills, Tonkoko from Brew York Craft Beer and Phoenix Golden Pale. ‘Coming soon’ is Acorn Fiesta from Barnsley.
The wine list is decent and there are treats on the bar for your four-legged friend. I bought a box of local eggs on my way out and made a note that Quiz Night is on Thursdays and the chip butties come free. It’s a great summer pub, but I bet it’s proper cosy in the winter too.
The Wuthering Heights, Main Street, Stanbury, Keighley,West Yorkshire, BD22 0HB. Tel 01535 643332, www.thewutheringheights.co.uk. Open: Mon to Sun from 12, Tues from 4