The traditional Yorkshire pub is a thing of beauty. The best ones, ancient coaching inns with more character than Brian Blessed, where enjoying a mug of ale there is like enjoying it in the comfort of your own home. Real ale is a staple of these hills and valleys, with breweries like the Black Sheep producing excellent quality suds on a daily basis.
Staying in a pub can be an inexpensive and fun way to holiday, with your entertainment at your feet and a nearby landscape of brisk walks and wildlife a plenty. Yorkshire pubs are often rural, and offer free parking to their customers, as well as having wonderful restaurants serving up great pub grub.
Masham is the home of the Black Sheep Brewery. In fact Masham in Wensleydale, North Yorkshire is synonymous with beer and breweries. The Black Sheep brewery has its own visitor centre where you can find out how the beer is made, visit the sheepy shop with all things sheep, take a tour of the brewery and sample some of the range of Black Sheep real ales. Relax in the Bistro or even have your wedding or event in adjacent function rooms - what a good idea!! Plenty of samples to be had as well! Masham is also the home of Theakstons - this really is an area not to be missed by real ale lovers.
Paradise on Earth - at the Masham Theakston's Visitors centre. Have you heard the tale of Robert Theakston leasing the Black Bull Inn and brewery house in Masham. In 1875 his son Thomas Masham built the Theakston brewery on the area of Masham called 'Paradise Field'.
As you move along your Yorkshire Real Ale trail, take time to sample other 'nectar' choices such as Timothy Taylors, brewed in Keighley, in the West Riding of Yorkshire, or why not visit the Old Brewery at Tadcaster in Yorkshire, which was was founded in 1758 and is Yorkshire's oldest brewery. Samuel Smith is one of the few remaining independent breweries in England, and is one of the last remaining breweries to utilize the classic Yorkshire Square system of fermentation!
Independent breweries abound in Yorkshire, some offering accommodation facilities! There's the Worth Brewery based on the Worth Way near Keighley. This independent brewery offers a selection of fine fruity brews! Urr, sample 'Santa's Toss', a festive beer for the Christmas season with a touch of treacle! CAMRA also produce some fantastic beer guides, detailing walks that end up near a pub!
For the best pint of the whole range of Timothy Taylors bitter in Yorkshire try the 'Staff of Life' in Todmorden which offers accommodation as well. Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire is also crammed with real ale pubs and olde world traditional English inns.
Marsden near Huddersfield is famous for it's Riverhead Brewery, so named after the local Reservoir! Sample that beautifully light Butterley Bitter, a dry, amber-coloured hoppy session beer.
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