2 : The Black Horse Inn, Clifton

Westgate, Clifton, Brighouse, West Yorkshire HD6 4HJ

The Black Horse Inn, which is situated in the village of Clifton in West Yorkshire, is a 17th century village inn which seems to see its future as a "Restaurant with Rooms" rather than as a place to sink a pint or three of beer. It is pretty - there are flowers everywhere - and it is certainly old, but it is not my idea of a village inn. It is the kind of place where you are likely to receive a "what, no food!" look from a suited landlord when you order your pint.

Despite the care it takes over its menu and its rooms, there were only two beers on offer when I visited : Timothy Taylor's Landlord and Black Sheep Bitter. The promised guest beer was not in residence when I called. I had the Black Sheep bitter which made a good lunchtime pint : not too heavy or too fruity. The decor is again of the "pretty" variety : whilst there was a display of pewter tankards, the display of champagne bottles got greater prominence. It's that kind of place. It is where you would take your mistress rather than where you would take your mate. The phrase "Restaurant with Rooms" features heavily on the pub sign. Which is fair enough : it does exactly what it says on the tin.

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