23 : White Cross Inn, Bradley

2, Bradley Road, Bradley, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire HD2 1XD   Tel : 0871 917 0007

This roadside pub seems to have discovered the secret to survival in these troubled times for pubs. It is a roadside pub without an obvious community which still attracts a good cross-section of customers by providing good food, excellent beer, and a welcoming atmosphere. It is in the Good Beer Guide and is a past local CAMRA Pub of the Year, but it doesn't have that slightly daunting feel to it that many a CAMRA pub does : you could probably order a pint of Fosters Lager without hiding in the loo to drink it. Not that you would want to as there is an excellent selection of guest beers available as well as regulars such as Copper Dragon and Timothy Taylors.

The building seems to date back to the early nineteenth century and the fine ceramic BYB signs in the entrance suggest a one-time tie to Bentley's Yorkshire Brewery. Sadly, BYB is no longer with us but I enjoyed a splendid pint of one of the guest ales - Mowbray's Mash from the Grantham-based Oldershaw's Brewery : the pale, hoppy beer went down a treat. On the day I called in, there was no food available, but I understand that there is normally a good selection of bar meals. 

Whatever the White Cross is doing, let us hope it carries on doing it for many years to come.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This pub is definately worth a visit not only for its well kept Ale, but also for its value for money home cooked food, we had very satisfying three hours.
Peter Crowther and friends.