Good Times: Support your pubs during dry month

Alan Ingle at The Pear Tree near Cooper Bridge
Alan Ingle at The Pear Tree near Cooper Bridge

While the campaign for Dry January kicks off, speaking with local landlords and ladies of the Brighouse Echo readership area, although it’s for a good cause, they wish to remind you that they do serve soft drinks and would still appreciate your support through the hard month of January.

“The pub trade is a hard game to be in these days, and this campaign is another obstacle for us to climb,” said Alan Ingle, of the Pear Tree, at Battyeford.

“Obviously it has been busy over Christmas and New Year but January and into February is a quiet period and a difficult time in the licensing trade.

“We all support charities throughout the year and do our bit, so all we ask is that while you detox remember that we all offer a good selection of soft drinks and you still get that social atmosphere.”

l Tonight (Thursday) at The Barge it’s the weekly Jam Session with Simon from Big Noise.

On Friday night The Strawberry Thieves will be on stage, followed on Saturday night by The Shambollix.

The live music wraps up on Sunday night with The Ford Valley Wranglers.

l Landlord Adrian Whitworth at The Beck on Bradford Road starts this month with the acoustic sessions on Sundays from 4.30pm. The Last Minute make their debut at the sessions this weekend.

On Sunday, January 18, Halifax band I.E. will also make their debut at The Beck with an acoustic set.

Then on January 25, Adrian will have signed artist Ryan Spendlove returning to the pub, who will be supported by The Rainey Street Band.

Friday Night Blues at The Beck will return on Friday, January 30, at 8.30pm with The Rusty Nails.

l Manager Paul Haydock at The Armytage Arms at the top of Clifton has a Sizzling Blue X Sale now on.

“Make way for the incredible Sizzling Blue X Sale. It’s our best yet, with your favourite dishes at a fraction of the price, and you’re invited to enjoy every last mouthful,” Paul said.

The following are all available for just £3.49: gammon steak and eggs, sausage and mash, steak and ale pie, fish and chips, Wiltshire ham and eggs, or quorn lasagne.

You can feed a family of four for less than £13.

“Start the New Year as you mean to go on and join us before February 13 at The Armytage Arms for terrific times and unbeatable value,” added Paul.

l This Friday night at Jeremy’s, Rachel Bray and her team will welcome Wired from 9.30pm. They are a party band playing music from the Beatles to Oasis.

Saturday night, again from 9.30pm, funky duo Marc and Abi will be on stage.

The Sunday acoustic is with Ric and Carly from 4pm.

l The Old Mill, on Wakefield Road, is gearing up for Burns Night on January 25. In honour of Scotland’s most famous literary son, Robert Burns, it is hosting a night to celebrate his work, including the famous “Address to the Haggis” and “Auld Lang Syne” with delicious food and drink.

You can enjoy a four course taster menu including the dish he made famous - haggis, neeps and tatties - for just £19.99 per person. Get fully into the spirit of Burns Night and raise a wee dram to the legend with one of its range of whiskies.

l Millers Bar and food, formally The Black Swan at Briggate, is also hosting a Burns Night on January 24.

Available to book now, it is offering a traditional Scottish piper in full highland dress playing on arrival, and a complimentary glass of bubbly as you are welcomed into the Millers function suite.

The piper will lead the chef carrying the “haggis” to the top table where the appointed chairperson will recite the famous Rabbie Burns poem “Address To A Haggis”, followed by a three course traditional Burns supper served at your table.

The evening of entertainment includes dance, singing, poetry recital, light-hearted memoirs from the great poet and an opportunity to have your picture taken with the piper.

Each ticket includes a free entry into the whisky raffle. There is also a complimentary gift for all the company.

The bar has an early bird offer of £37.50 per ticket or two packages available. Package one is a ticket plus half bottle of wine for £42.50 per person, or package two is for two tickets plus a bottle of wine for £80.