Let the Good Times roll - for the 600th time

It’s hard to believe that another two years have passed since Good Times was celebrating 500 columns and in that time plenty has been going off in the pubs and clubs around the area.

Friday, 4th April 2014, 5:00 pm
Manager Amanda McKenzie at the Richard Oastler, Brighouse.

The Clough House at the top of Rastrick saw the shock departure of Martin and his wife Lauren Cockram after several years at the helm.

After a three-month closure period, the pub re-opened in October last year with Bev Walsh heading up the operation and food service began a couple of weeks after.

Down the hill and under the motorway bridge nestled away is Rastrick Cricket Club, which hosted the Rastrick Big Event last summer through lottery funding.

Landlady Marsha Jones at The Old Ship Inn, Brighouse

Just in front of the cricket club is The Roundhill that is in the very capable hands of Rick and Maggie Starkey. We can’t fail to mention Maggie’s buffets - they are superb.

Further along Clough Lane, and since the departure of Sandra Craven and husband Tim, the Sun Inn, Rastrick, has had several changes over the past 12 months. A notice has also gone up to say they are holding an open day on April 8 for prospective new tenants.

Down Crowtrees Lane to the Rastrick Real Ale House, which has seen many name changes, and it seems that this pub unfortunately can’t seem to find its niche in the market.

Lower down the road, The Greyhound, which has been at the hands of Brian and Anne Johnson for a couple of years now, has finally got some stability after a heavy stint of chopping and changing of landlords.

Landlord Robert Wilde - right - celebrates with staff and customers. they won Pub of the Year, The Dusty Miller, Halifax Road, Hove Edge.

Down to The Grove in Tofts Grove, and we saw the departure of Nelly Catlow after a couple of years but the pub did not close and is happily ticking over.

However, the Bramble, and formerly Bandsman, still remains shut and it is an eyesore to the area with a combination of breeze block and metal grills over the doors and windows.

The Rastrick Constitutional Club or ‘Top Club’, as known to its regulars, run by Harry Redman, continues to pack in its members with their snooker teams doing well in the league and Harry arranging plenty of events with days at the Races and sports personality evenings.

Down to the bottom of Ogden Lane sits The Junction Inn run by Steven Ingle, aka DJ Zingy. He has found the right combination to keep the pub ticking over nicely with his discos, quizzes and barbecues on the Bank holidays.

Across the way up Toothill Bank is Rastrick Bowling and Social Club, and with another strong committee at the helm with popular stewardess Kate Grundy.

The club has been updated and modernised and it hosted its first actual wedding ceremony last year, along with its fantastic sized concert room which is a great party venue and also hosts the club’s many turns and night at the proms evenings.

Down Rastrick Common we have The Globe and landlord and lady Alan and Anne Sild celebrated a milestone with a decade of running the pub.

Further down we saw the closure last year of The Star and the departure of Sam Keating, who left the pub to embrace fatherhood and no-one stepping in to re-open the pub at present, which also has the Star Function suite.

It was celebrations all round at The Commercial and Railway Inn when they were awarded CAMRA Real Ale pub of the season for winter. Since taking over, the family run pub has worked hard to establish the public house as part of the Real Ale Trail that takes place along the railway from Dewsbury through to Stalybridge.

The Black Swan in Brighouse was plunged into darkness last year and saw a short closure until Eddie Geater and his consortium moved in and the pub was re-opened with Anne Brayshaw still at the helm.

Across the way is The Bridge, which is still owned by Alan Hodgkinson, and with Kirsty Gelder overseeing things, it continues to be a busy town centre pub.

Over the bridge and around the bend is Milry’s at the Coach House, which is serving up some fantastic food with generous portions as well as packing the place out with its live music evenings with a meal.

Across to The Black Bull in Thornton Square and again it saw a short closure when Gail Foster left the premises but it wasn’t long before it re-opened.

After several years at The Old Ship on Bethel Street, Mark Feasey departed and opened the doors for Marsha Jones who has really warmed to the pub.

The George continues to have live music and dish up home-cooked food with Dave and Sue Harker being in situ for several years now.

Popular JD Wetherspoons pub the Richard Oastler continues at the old indoor market venue and has been entered into the Good Beer Guide 2015.

Round the corner we have The Calder which offers food, dancing and live music as well as a venue to watch sports on its big screens.

Over and across the way we have the Barge, run by popular husband and wife Julian and Michelle Hadala. They pack their weekends with live music, have sports clubs operating out of the public house and show all the popular televised sporting events.

Newly opened Jeremy’s in its waterside venue continues to go from strength to strength with owner Rachel Bray injecting a fresh approach to food and drink in Brighouse.

The Robin Hood closed last year after several attempts to save the pub. Will it ever re-open?

Up to the top of Clifton and there sits the popular Armytage Arms run by Paul Haydock.

Into the village of Clifton sits the hotel and dining venue The Black Horse, which hosts an abundance of food and drink evenings.

Down the hill and nestled into the Clifton hillside is The Holiday Inn which is a popular venue come Christmas for its party nights but has also started branching out, recently holding a sports personality dinner.

Across onto the industrial estate and we have The Auctioneer restaurant, another established popular venue for parties.

Heading over towards Bailiff Bridge on Bradford Road and the once New Inn is now The Beck and landlord Adrian Whitworth is pleasing his clientele with his selection of ales and the introduction of his Sunday sessions live music.

The recent Real Ale and Cider Festival, the first Adrian has held, was a massive success. He is planning another.

Virtually across the road the Brighouse Sports Club is one of the town’s ideal places for a major function with plenty of parking, lovely views across the cricket pitch and good food from the kitchen.

Along and up to the Wyke Lion which is a popular Vintage Inns pub serving its ales and homely food.

The White Horse at Lightcliffe, taken over by Stephen and Carol Rooks, is thriving on both its food and drink. With their links to the Old Brodleians RUFC they have built up a good clientele base with their support and that of the locals.

Into Lightcliffe and The Sun Inn is now back in the hands of the Blue Moon Pub Company and owner Lee Roberts.

Along the road sits the Lightcliffe Club, a popular venue with its regulars, host to the Brighouse Snooker league and also local DJ Jiving Jeff’s record hops.

Up to Hipperholme and The Whitehall was back open just before Christmas, much to the delight of its past regulars.

Up the hill sits the Hare and Hounds, and the Brown Horse at Coley, while heading towards Halifax there is the Tannery with its bistro, café and drinks selections for the most discerning palettes.

Still going strong and coming down from Hipperholme we have micro-brewery – The Halifax Steam Brewery and The Cock ‘O’ The North bar.

Down at the Dusty Miller, in Hove Edge, Rob Wilde keeps the popular pub going while round the corner the Old Pond re-opened last year after a short closure.

Heading back to Brighouse we pass the Lane Head Hotel, a popular functions venue.

Across and around the corner in the Waring Green area is The Crown and Prince Albert or the ‘Pop Inn’ as it is affectionately known.

Down to the Thornhill Briggs Club, the popular members’ club has a winning formula that keeps the place busy.

On Elland Wood Bottom we have The Red Rooster, a real ale house popular with real ale drinkers and walkers.

Also The Casa with its popular cuisine, hotel and now its building work is well underway for its permanent function space replacing the marquee.

The Colliers Arms, another waterside venue, has a great beer garden on the canal to watch the boats pass by.

Just out of the area but still within the Echo readership and with ties to Brighouse and Rastrick, there is Alan Ingle at the Pear Tree, who has established over the past few years a fantastic riverside venue for food and drink.

Also the Rowley Brothers are back and now have the pub with restaurant The Shepherd’s Arms at Birchencliffe, taking over in November.

Last but not least in Norwood Green there is the excellent dining pub the White Bear and lower in the village is the Pear Tree.

There have been some changes but also many of the landlords and ladies are still in situ and keeping going with their winning formula.

If I have missed any pubs in the run down, please get in touch via the number at the top of this page and let me know that you are there. I will be happy to feature you.

Here’s to another 24 months and another 100 editions.