Pub of the Year – it’s the Cross Keys

We are delighted to announce the Pub of the Year Award for 2017. Once again strong candidates made it a difficult choice but I’m sure you would agree that the The Cross Keys, Siddal make a deserving winner. Not just well kept beer but the atmosphere created by Hugh and Ruth has kept customers returning again and again to this pub that is away from the centre of Halifax. We will be making the presentation on Wednesday 29th March at 8.00 pm.

Cross Keys, Siddal
Cross Keys Inn

Pub of The Season – Its Calan’s


Congratulations go to Calan’s Micropub of Hebden Bridge which has been selected as Pub of The Season by Halifax & Calderdale Camra. This seasonal award is presented twice a year to the pub that is seen to have shown the most improvement over the last 6 months. This seasons award goes to a pub that has recovered brilliantly from the flood devastation at the turn of the year and serves good beer consistently and was recognised for inclusion in 2017 Good Beer Guide.

We will be holding a presentation at 7.30 on Monday 7th November,and there is no need to book spaces.  Alan & Alyson are very pleased to receive this award and will be extending the opening hours on that night.  We do have a branch meeting next week at the Hogshead, Sowerby Bridge where it will be announced.

You may have seen this article celebrating their inclusion in next years Good Beer Guide

This only leaves Halifax & Calderdale CAMRA to once again thank the team at Calan’s for providing a great range of beers, a comfortable pub to drink them in and some great staff who genuinely seem happy to serve you. If it wasn’t for their enthusiasm to real ale, this pub wouldn’t be the award winner it is today.

Beer Festival Press Release



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The second Calderdale Beer & Cider Festival, organised by the Halifax & Calderdale branch of CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale), takes place this weekend in the Waterfront Hall at Hebden Bridge Town Hall. More than fifty traditional cask-conditioned ales from independent breweries the length and breadth of the UK, plus several traditional ciders and perries will be available to sample in quantities of a third of, a half of, or a full pint. This year’s festival will have a railway theme to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the opening of the Manchester & Leeds Railway through the Calder Valley and many beers with railway-themed names will be on sale.

While the principal objective of the festival is to raise money for CAMRA’s ongoing campaigns to support pubs and breweries, the festival charity for this year is the Watermark Calderdale flood relief fund and unused beer tokens and cash donations will be given to this very worthy cause which has helped so many individuals and businesses in the Upper Calder Valley since the disastrous floods on Boxing Day. The fund will also have a stall in the Town Hall foyer during the festival giving out information on their work and selling various beer-related items to raise further funds.

The festival will be open on Thursday 22nd September from 2pm to 10pm (admission: £1, free to card-carrying CAMRA members); 12 noon – 11pm on Friday 23rd (admission: £2 or £1 to members) and 12 noon to 10 pm on Saturday 24th (admission £2 or £1 to members, but free to everyone after 6pm). Glasses will be available for a £1 returnable deposit and hot and cold food will be available from the Town Hall cafe until 8pm. Unfortunately under-18s and dogs (with the exception of guide and assistance dogs) cannot be admitted and under-25s may have to produce evidence of age identification.

One of the highlights of the festival will be a celebration pint-pulling at 4.30pm by Ms Kathryn Hey of a special beer – Hey’s Gold – which she has commissioned from Bingley Brewery to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the closure of Hey’s Brewery in Bradford, founded by her ancestors in the mid-nineteenth century, following its takeover by Websters of Halifax. Another highlight on the Thursday evening, commencing at 7.30pm, will be a performance by local womens’ morris dancing side, The Hebden Bridge Hill Millies.


Journalists and photographers from the local media are very welcome to attend and will, of course, be admitted free of charge.

Andy Grant

Press & Publicity Officer

CAMRA Halifax & Calderdale

8 Birchcliffe



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Beer List update

Sadly Slaters Smoked Porter cannot be with us but we have procured Dancing Ducks , Dark Drake as a replacement. This means that we have 53 beers waiting for you to sample. All of the beers can be seen in the beer list  and there are pictures on the front page with links to the breweries. Once again thanks to all of the brewers who have supplied us as without your efforts we’d have nothing to drink.