The Star Inn
7 Albert Street
Mon-Sat Tue-Thu 5-11; Fri 12-2, 5-11; Sat 12-3, 6-
The Star Inn
The Star Inn public house is a ten to fifteen minute walk from either Huddersfield or Lockwood railway stations. but one is rewarded for making the effort to find this award-winning pub.
The pub which was once a run-down back street boozer had stood empty for over two years until purchased by the present licensees Tyrone Lawton & Sam Watts. Tyrone & Sam are no strangers to the pub industry, Sam being a former licensee of an Enterprise Inns pub in Sowerby Bridge. They came out of their lease determined to find a free-of-tie public house, however what they came up with was hardly everyone's dream.
Set in a run down industrial area about half a mile from the town centre, what Tyrone & Sam did should be an example to every licensee. First the pub was totally refurbished. From day one a policy of no noisy juke boxes, gaming machines or pool tables was established.
Good real ale has enticed customers out of the town centre. The pub is one large room with a central bar, the log burning stove divides part of the room to give a feeling of two separate drinking areas. The beer range normally includes brews from Timothy Taylor's and John Eastwood's as well seven other guest beers from regional and microbreweries nationwide. In the first sixteen months over 750 different guest beers had been served. Drinkers can even request what beers they would like to see available on the bar by writing these on the chalk boards on the toilet door.
A website has been set up listing information about the pub. forthcoming beer festivals and even what beers are available. www.thestarinn.info. Various lagers supplement the real ale beers. Hoegaarden on draught and a large selection of Belgian, German and Dutch bottled beers are all served in their own distinctive glass.
The pub has won many awards including the Huddersfield & District CAMRA Spring Pub of the Season. Mild Pub of 2002 and the Pub of the Year 2002.
Two Beer Festivals a year are held, one in the winter, one in the summer, the latter being held in a small marquee in the walled beer garden to the side and back of the pub.
Wednesday night is Pie 'n' Peas night.
If you are visiting Huddersfield then The Star Inn is a must for the real ale drinker.
A warm welcome awaits from Tyrone, Sam and Folly (the little black spaniel). To quote Sam, "I believe we provide a warm individual welcome and like to think of it as not just a pub with character but a pub with characters".
Directions Leaving Huddersfield Station cross the square and turn right on John William Street, follow the road through town (New Street) to the ring road, cross the ring road and walk down Chapel Hill to Albert Street on the left, the pub is 50 metres on the left.
The pub is so welcoming with lovely staff and a smashing little dog. I was offered tasters and was guided through my choice of beer. It is a clean warm friendly pub. (16/02/06)
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Eastwood Best Bitter
Taylor's Best bitter
plus 7 guests.
George Hotel, St George's Square, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD1 1JA
Rooms from ?45.