Pub review: Loose Goose, Sowerby Bridge

I'm feeling pleased for Sowerby Bridge. It tends to be an overlooked town, dubbed Hebden Bridge's slightly scruffy (and much naughtier) sister.

Loose Goose.

But it has a gritty charm and some great places to eat and drink; the peerless Gimbals restaurant where you’ll find some of the best food in the county, the brilliant Syhiba for a reliably good curry and the Hogs Head Brew House. And now I’m glad to report a pub opening, bucking the all-too-familiar trend.

The Loose Goose was the Long Chimney in a previous life, and has been owned by the same family since 1974; new landlady Theresa Porter bought it from her uncle last year and has undertaken a full renovation but has been careful to preserve original features, including floor tiles by the front door showing the Bentleys Yorkshire Breweries logo.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

It’s a big, open plan space with comfortable banquettes along one wall, and bucket chairs elsewhere. At one end is a stylish dining area – food will be available in the next few weeks. You’ll find a pool table, dart board and dominoes, and live music on Saturday nights and Sunday lunchtimes.

There are four hand-pulls including Stod Fold Gold, Elland Brewery 1872 Porter, Timothy Taylor Landlord and Pennine Brewing Co Real Blonde. In the chiller cabinet, a good selection of wines, soft drinks, Rekorderlig Fruit Cider and a number of keg beers.

The Loose Goose is family and dog-friendly, and there are plans to open 12 en-suite bedrooms in the next year.

The Loose Goose, West Street, Sowerby Bridge, HX6 3AN. 01422 833193.



Drinks selection 4/5

atmosphere 4/5

prices 5/5