3 : Shibden Mill Inn, Halifax

Shibden Mill Fold, Shibden, Halifax, West Yorkshire HX3 7UL

What a joy to find a pub which achieves a maximum of five for both the general feel of the pub and the taste of the pint. The pub in question is the Shibden Mill Inn which is located in a idyllic green valley about a mile and a half north of the town, The pint in question was a pint of Moorhouse's Best Bitter which is brewed specifically for the pub by the Burnley-based brewery. It's a pint which will make anyone who has ever strayed from the true path and ordered a pint of lager return to the fold. It's a pint that sends your taste buds on an all expenses paid holiday. It's a pint that justifies a trip to Halifax. 

The pub itself is a delight, set in a small valley down a road that it pleasantly hard to find. The soundtrack is provided not by canned music nor clinking wineglasses, but by the Shibden Beck which, at the other side of the car park, trundles its way towards somewhere or other. It's a suitable place for your final heart attack. It's a collectors piece. It's a joy.

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