Good Times column: Landlady moves to The Pallet Bar

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This week’s Good Times column features news from The Crown, The Old Ship Inn and your usual preview of upcoming local entertainment.

The Crown on Lightcliffe Road, in the Lane Head area, has a new manager in John Byrne. Many of you will know John, who has been manager at The Bridge, The Black Swan, now Millers Bar, as well as Blakebroughs Sports and Social Club (Blakes).

He has been at the helm for three weeks and they have made some big changes introducing live music, karaoke and reducing the price of drinks overall. The pub also has a football team in the Halifax League and this Friday night, to raise money for them, they are hosting a race night. On Saturday evening they have live music followed on Sunday by karaoke.

They have also introduced a Monday club in which people come have a drink, play cards and listen to music.

The Old Ship Inn

Popular landlady of almost two years at The Old Ship Inn, on Bethel Street, Marsha Jones, left the pub this week for pastures new.

Nelson the pub cat has also made the move to and they are working with Oates Brewery in Halifax who are a six barrel microbrewery.

Open Wednesday through to Sunday, the bar sells the six ales brewed on site.

At £2.50 a pint, Marsha says the Pallet Bar is to become a live music venue and launching this next week will be brewery tours available by popular website Groupon.

“I have had a great time at The Old Ship and made some great friends, many of which have already been over to The Pallet Bar and I would like to thank all of them for their continued support,” said Marsha.


Following the re-opening of Brooks Restaurant on Bradford Road opposite the Civic Theatre after its refurbishment, Darrel and Petra Book have introduced ‘Happy Hour’. They are now open from 5pm for drinks from Tuesday to Friday and for a limited time they are offering 25 per cent off all drinks between 5pm and 6pm. The restaurant is open as usual for dining from 6pm Tuesday to Saturday and some Sundays.

The Barge

Tonight’s Jam session is with the Psychoslinkys, then on Friday night Forever Mod will be on stage. Saturday evening Empress will take to the stage followed on Sunday night by The Folsom 3.


This Friday night they have live music from Afterglow from 9pm. They are a function band playing the likes of Amy Winehouse, Jessie J, Gloria Gaynor, Jackie Wilson, Queen and many more. On Saturday night they have Smiler, a covers band bringing pop from every era. On Sunday the acoustic entertainment is from Richie Schmarler.

Millers Bar

Tonight’s monthly Jazz night from 8pm is followed on Friday night by Rusty Nails, a slick blues machine. Led by the inimitable Chris Martin, his humorous patter will have you laughing out loud, when you’re not boogie-ing your socks off!

I mentioned last week the sad passing of Alan Brooke, former long serving barman at the Nags Head at Ainley Top. As promised, I have the funeral details for the good man. Family and friends are asked to meet at Huddersfield Crematorium, Fixby on July 21 at 2.45pm. Following the service everyone is welcome to return to the Nags Head to toast Alan’s life.

If you are having a coffee in the Calder, breakfast in JD Wetherspoons or heading for Sainsbury’s or Tesco’s at around 10am next Monday, watch out for the television cameras, walkers and support vehicles on day two of the Rugby League Founders anniversary walk celebrating 120 years of the game.