3 King Street
Open all day
Not far from the Fox and Goose down the side of the hill out from the town centre. This pub is sandwiched between the river and the canal and you have to cross the river to get to it. This can make it quite misty on cold morning and nights (see picture for ghoulish effect). However, once inside it is quite welcoming and warm. There is one large room with two distinct areas. The bar is on the left as you enter and here the tall wooden bar is covered with handpumps. However, on inspection, only four of these offered any good real ales: Taylor's Landlord, Jennings Snecklifter, Greene King IPA and Castle Eden Ale. All were served without sparkler when asked - though we did get funny looks - and were in good condition. We were a bit surprised to find the pub was virtually empty at 9pm on a Saturday, but were assured this was unusual. As for seating at the bar, there were some tall stools all taken up by locals chatting furiously. To the right of entrance is another area (you can tell it was once many rooms, but that adds to its charm) where there is a mixture of seating low backed booths, cushioned benches and tables and chairs. There is a real fire in this part that seems to warm the rest of the pub. The ceiling here has been stripped back to treated beams that look real enough. The walls are covered with objects of a fishy/water nature and there is some gold leaf writing on the walls. Food is served both lunch and evenings until about 8pm. There is a separate eating area on the way to the toilets, which were by the way average and clean. The food is of a traditional sort and looks wholesome and hearty. For the summer there is a beer garden next to the canal and there are moorings here for your barge. This canal-side path also forms part of the valley cycle route, so can get busy in the height of summer. The Wharf holds regular local club events and has occasional food theme nights as well. Car parking is across the entrance bridge and is large enough to accommodate plenty of vehicles as it used to be a cattle market site. No accommodation here. Access for the disabled is possible, but not to the toilets. No music here.
New licensees since the start of the summer. Always six, often eight real ales, especially fine and well kept. Themed nights including music and games (2002)
Up to 8 guest ales
8 Prospect Terrace, Savile Road
Hebden Bridge, HX7 6NA