Good Times: First micro brewery pub is now open

Had a chat with the licensees at the new Market Tavern, Debra Taylor and Andrew Gardner, who have opened up Brighouse’s first town centre micro brewery pub.

They have six real ale pumps as well as offering lager, cider and wine, and they will constantly rotate the ales which are all sourced as locally as possible.

Debra said: “I can’t believe what a reception we have had from the local people of Brighouse. We can’t thank them enough for helping and making us feel so welcome. We have already got some regulars which is fantastic.

“We still have a few bits to do like pictures on the wall but I want old pictures of Brighouse in which I am in the middle of sourcing, plus some curtains and I want to do some more work in our little beer garden.”

The couple, who hail from Siddal have spent months looking into opening a micro brewery.

Debra added: “We wanted to change what we did and I worked in pubs a few years ago and Andrew loves his real ale. We thought about taking on an established pub but then we started looking at micro brewery pubs and decided to take that route. We have travelled all over looking at micro brewery pubs and getting ideas, then we started to look at venues and it was Andrew who was in Brighouse one day and saw the now Market Tavern.”

It has taken nine weeks to get the building how they needed it.

The dog-friendly pub is open Wednesday and Thursday from 2pm to 10pm and Friday to Sunday noon to 10pm and is situated across from Blakeley’s Fish and Chip shop.

The bad news this past few days is that James and Vic have ceased trading at Millry’s and the owner of the property has placed a notice in the window apologising for the restaurant and bar closing without notice.

Across the road, one of Brighouse’s oldest public houses, the Black Bull, has been closed now for three weeks and owners Enterprise Inns have also placed a notice in the windows to that effect and have secured the property.

Tonight (Thursday) at The Barge it’s the weekly Jam session followed on Friday night with live music from Black Tiger.

On Saturday Pinstripe Assassins will be on stage and on Sunday evening Moonlight Trio will entertain.

Matt Parkinson, of The George, informs me that his new manager Carol Lofthouse has settled in well and the food served Monday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm is proving very popular.

March is a very busy month at The George with lots of celebrations for St Patrick’s Day being planned with entertainment throughout the whole month.

The two Guinness’ for £5 offer will also run from Thursday, March 17 through to Sunday, March 20. Raffle tickets are on sale for your chance to win a two night trip for two people to Dublin, which will be drawn on Sunday, March 20.

There will be a Northern soul and Motown night on Thursday March 24 which will see in the Easter weekend followed by another weekend of entertainment with comedy hypnotist Chris Lee on Sunday, March 27.

The pub is also starting a pub quiz. But it won’t be your normal weekly quiz night. Scouse, who is a well-known quiz master in the area, will be hosting every Wednesday from 3pm, starting on Wednesday, March 9.

Matt’s Parkinson’s other pub, which is the Drop Kick at Wyke, is hosting a comedy night on Thursday, March 24.

MC Rob Riley will introduce the three great comedians, Duncan Oakley, Gavin Webster and this year’s current new comedy award holder Tom Little. The fun starts from 8pm. Tickets are £8 in advance from the venue/pre-booked online and can also be purchased at The George in Brighouse.