1 : The Albert Hotel, Keighley

Bridge Street, Keighley, West Yorkshire BD21 1AA

This Victorian treasure was built in the days when such buildings were measured in terms of grandeur rather than square-footage. The scale of the main room is slightly breathtaking with a massive inverted "U" shaped bar looking rather like the stern of the Titanic. It was lunchtime when I visited and the few customers were lost amongst the rows of tables and chairs. It is a strange mixture : fruit-machines and video display screens share wall-space with a marble fireplace and a mahogany display cabinet. In the latter part of the nineteenth century my grandmother was a barmaid in a Keighley hotel : I rather hope it was the Albert. 

The pint I sampled was a pint of Timothy Taylor's Landlord. It could be little else - this is Keighley the home of Timothy Taylor's and the Albert is still a Taylor's house. The pint was well-kept and a decent pint of Landlord is always a pleasure. A true bitter which goes about its business without too much show or fuss.

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