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Norfolk and Good!

Here's a word to the wise: if you go to Norfolk expecting any place with a suffix of 'next-the-sea' to be actually close to it, think again. I went to three examples, Holme, Wells and Cley, and none of them are what could be described as being beside it. They all have their attractions - Cley has its windmill (owned by singer James Blunt's family for many years), Wells has the bustle of its harbour beside the river and a great friendly pub in the Crown Hotel, and Holme is a sleepy village with one of those huge churches which seems to be obligatory for all the villages around these parts. So why the names? Well, originally they were by the sea but over time the coastline has changed significantly as the relentless North Sea waves have shifted the sands around and many former rivers and lagoons have become silted up, creating extensive areas of salt marsh. These are a haven for many species of birds, which in turn brings in masses of twitching and tweeting, binocular-w

Star Attraction

One of my favourite pubs in Huddersfield is The Star, at the bottom of Chapel Hill, at Folly Hall, on the way to Lockwood. Very much a local's pub, with a loyal band of regulars, it hosts a beer festival 3 times a year, where you can come across a lot of new beers for the first time. Yesterday was the Summer Festival, I called in with my mate Harry, and Dave and Joanne who we'd bumped into at the nearby Rat and Ratchet and who accepted our invitation to venture down the road. Most of the beer is out the back, in what is basically a permanent marquee, with a bank of hand pumps as far as the eye can see. Dave and Joanne  seemed to enjoy themselves, although Joanne - not a real ale drinker - had to resort to the main bar for a pint of lager in the end! What I like about The Star is that it just shuffles along to its own beat. Always closed on a Monday, it has carried on quietly for years in its own world. Whilst always featuring beers from the very local Mallinsons brewer

A Calder Valley Ale Trail - UPDATE August 2020

T he definitive guide to the pubs and bars that line the railways in the towns and villages of the beautiful Calder Valley in West Yorkshire, now with an update in light of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic.... August 9th, 2020. The idea for a guide to the pubs along the railway line along the Calder Valley came about as I got fed up with people going on about the Ale Trail from Huddersfield to Stalybridge. I reckoned that the scenery along the Calder Valley was generally more attractive than its southerly rival, and whilst there were some excellent pubs along that route, there were equally some mighty fine pubs in Calderdale. And there was clearly a demand for such a guide: the number of page views I have had for this blog, which has been updated a few times over the years, is several times higher than my next most popular. I had been thinking for some time though that it needed a fresh look and a re-write; the inserted sentences and deleted entries means that it doesn't quite flow