Good Times: Ship sets sail on brewery voyage

Old Ship Inn Landlady Marsha Jones and Mark Oates of Oates Brewery
Old Ship Inn Landlady Marsha Jones and Mark Oates of Oates Brewery

Last week landlady Marsha Jones from the Old Ship Inn took a group of 40 on a brewery trip to Oates Brewery, Old Lane, Halifax.

“It was a fantastic trip. The group was made up of regulars to the pub, some of my old work colleagues and the Halifax Imps, who are a cycling group who clock up the miles and call in at the Ship for some refreshment every week,” Marsha said.

The group was treated to a full tour of the brewery, a tasting session and a pie supper, and Marsha even did some magic for the group.

Back at the Old Ship Inn, it is now serving Barry’s pies, which come from Infield Farm at Southowram, as well as Dragon Eggs, which are described as posh Scotch Eggs with chilli in them.

On the bar this weekend it has a brewer’s treat with Dancing Dolphin available; this rare limited edition ale is only being served in eight pubs in Yorkshire.

There will also be live music on Saturday night from 8.30pm with Chaz.

l Wetherspoon house The Richard Oastler is gearing up for the World’s biggest Real Ale Festival that will commence on March 13 and run until the 29th of the month.

It will feature 50 ales from the UK and from around the world. However all the ales will be made with British hops.

From the 50 ales, ten will be made internationally with three made from USA brewers as well as Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Spain, Brazil, South Africa and Canada.

This is a first with all the beers being made with British hops and even international brewers using our crops.

Celebrating St David’s Day this Sunday, the Richard Oastler will have the Six Nations Rugby on and will serve on the bar Brains SA from South Wales and Black Dragon Cider.

l Back by popular demand at The Old Mill, Wakefield Road, is its Game Festival which features the very best seasonal produce.

Venison, pheasant and partridge, to name just a few, have been used to create a flavour-filled choice of starters, mains and delicious puddings guaranteed to satisfy any game lover.

Just a few of the mouth-watering meals available include game pie, game mixed grill and game burger. But hurry if you would like to indulge as it all ends for another year on February 28.

l Manager Steve Richardson at the Calder informs that it has a new menu launch today (Thursday) and will be giving out some free tasters between 8-9pm this evening. Among other things it will now contain 12 different meals on the two meals for £8.45 section. They will also be launching a new range of craft bottle beers, and again there will free tasters on Sunday, March 1, between 7-8pm.

Its also quiz night tonight (Thursday) with a cash jackpot of £300, and this Sunday the pub introduces its first Sunday Funk and Soul Club with DJ Charles Craig from 7pm.

l Landlady Michelle Poutch at the Whitehall, Hipperholme, has this Saturday night a DJ followed on Sunday by Guitar vocalist Chaz in from 5pm.

For your diary, next Saturday at the pub there is live music from Bigmouth who sing the likes of the Killers, Sterophonics and The Jam, plus much more.

l The weekly jam session tonight (Thursday) at The Barge is with the Psychoslinkys, then on Friday night The Heat will perform. Saturday night Northern Rokk will take to the stage and the weekend’s live music wraps up on Sunday with The York Turnpike Trust.

l Rachel Bray at Jeremy’s has live music this Friday night from Ezee Goin who play a little bit of light rock, ballads and rock n’ roll. On Saturday evening the Bonnie Mac Band will be live from 9pm bringing you ZZ Top, Bad Company, Fleetwood Mac, the Rolling Stones and many more.