I was well disposed towards The Works when I walked in and spotted a sign on the wall: ‘Screaming kids will be fed to the dogs, unless the barbecue is alight’.
Like WC Fields, I love children but couldn’t eat a whole one.
A converted workshop, it’s less of a pub, more a huge communal space and slouching in a battered red leather Chesterfield waiting for my date (we’re here to see Martin Simpson in the folk club upstairs) there’s plenty to look at; decommissioned postboxes, old clocks, vintage enamel and nods to its industrial past with iron pillars and exposed brickwork walls. It’s vast and could easily be draughty but somehow manages not to be.
There are five rotating guest beers (including, at time of press, Moorhouses Blond Witch and Abbeydale Moonshine) plus three permanent Timothy Taylors and their own brew, Works Wonders. Don’t you just love that name? According to my CAMRA chum who practically lives here, they’re all beautifully well-kept.
Nosh@TheWorks (‘home cooked food made with love’) is hearty, wholesome and incredibly good value; pork pie (from Mr Jones at Marsh) and peas is £4.25, bangers and mash £5.95 and my grilled halloumi salad – a huge dish, full of perfectly cooked cheese, crunchy leaves and a spiky dressing an astonishing £6.25. There are thick cut sandwiches, jacket spuds and toasties, plus a couple of specials chalked up on a huge board – on this occasion, liver and onions and lamb cutlets.
The Works, 12 Hollins Mill Lane, Sowerby Bridge, HX6 2QG. 01422 834821, www.theworkssowerbybridge.co.uk. Open Monday to Saturday 12-11pm, Sunday 10.30am-10.30pm.