Pub of the Season Spring 2024

Pub of the Season Spring 2024

Nan Moor’s Bar, Todmorden

On Wednesday 26th March 2024 Halifax and Calderdale CAMRA members attended Nan Moor’s Bar in Todmorden to present the Spring 2024 Pub of the Season Award to the owners Lauren and Alice. In his speech Halifax and Calderdale CAMRA’s Branch Chair, Richard Lee, praised the bar for its welcoming and friendly staff, the picturesque setting, the vibrant atmosphere, the range of beers and ciders on offer, the gravity dispensed real ales and bag in a box and other real ciders. The event was well-attended by locals and CAMRA members and the Mayor of Todmorden, Tyler Hanley, was also present to show his support.

The cask ales on offer at the presentation were Torrside Yellow Peak APA (4.2%) and Wishbone Velvet Stout (5%) and the real ciders in bag in a box were Udders Orchard Brigantia (5%) and Deanhouse Dry (6%), all of which were in excellent condition. In addition another real cider, an English Pilsner, Budvar and two craft ales were available on keg as well as a range of ales and ciders in bottles and cans, including French ciders, and a full range of spirits, cocktails and other drinks.

Nan Moor’s Bar is located in Todmorden town centre, is adjacent to Rochdale Canal Bridge and is easily accessible from Todmorden Railway Station and bus stops within the town. It is frequented by drinkers of all ages and is dog and family friendly. The single room is split level and there is a garden which is accessible from the back of the bar area and from the canal towpath. A range of events and community activities are organised including Open Decks, a folk club (twice a month), other music events, a book club, a scrabble club and a pinch pot workshop. Nan Moor’s is the only bar/pub in Calderdale to permanently serve real ale by gravity dispense.

The owners of Nan Moor’s Bar, Lauren (back) and Alice (front), celebrate their Spring 2024 Pub of the Season success with Tyler Hanley (The Mayor of Todmorden) and Richard Lee (Halifax and Calderdale CAMRA Branch Chair)

Elland Brewery News – 12th February 2024

Elland Brewery News – 12th February 2024

Many of you will have been aware of rumours circulating today regarding the future of Elland Brewery.  We have been in contact with the brewery today and can confirm they are currently closed and have started the process of voluntarily winding up of the Company.  This is early days in the process and many things need to be discussed, including the future of affected staff.  We will publish further information here and our social media channels once we have confirmed information to pass on.  This is a very sad time for all involved and ask that you are considerate to everyone involved.

The Halifax and Calderdale CAMRA Branch are absolutely ‘gutted’ by this news. We know the owners well and they have done everything possible to support the branch and the Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival. Likewise we hope we have pulled the stops out to support the brewery. We know you will all be disappointed by this news because Elland Brewery has many supporters. They have brewed great beers for our enjoyment over many years and we are sure that no serious beer drinker in the UK won’t have heard of 1872 Porter and won’t appreciate what an outstanding beer it is – the most celebrated and award winning beer in modern British brewing history.

The Market Tavern, Todmorden – Halifax and Calderdale CAMRA’s Winter Pub of the Season 2023/2024

Pub of the Season Winter 2023

The Market Tavern, Todmorden

On Saturday 6th January 2024 Halifax and Calderdale CAMRA members descended on the Market Tavern, Todmorden to present the Winter 2023/2024 Pub of the Season Award to the owner Mark Arrowsmith. The Market Tavern was Calderdale’s first market-based micro pub and opened in the 1879 Victorian indoor market hall in October 2019. It is well-known for friendly customer service and currently serves three beers on handpump which are usually provided by Reedley Hallows Brewery near Burnley and Red Rose Brewery, Ramsbottom. The Market Tavern also sells a range of other drinks including keg lager and cider, wine, soft drinks and a small selection of spirits and bottled beers are available from the local Eagles Crag Brewery.

In his speech Halifax and Calderdale CAMRA’s Branch Chair, Richard Lee, praised the friendly and hospitable welcome that is always extended to customers at The Market Tavern, the minimalistic and well-planned bar area and the high quality real ales on offer.

Since it opened just over four years ago, The Market Tavern has developed a very positive feeling in the market hall, has a loyal band of regular customers and always serves excellent real ale. As well as the Market Tavern, Mark and his wife Sue also run Jack’s House on Burnley Road, Todmorden and own Foras Bars Limited, a mobile bar hire and catering business.

The Market Tavern is easy to reach by public transport being less than a five minute walk from Todmorden Railway Station and next to Todmorden Bus Station.

The Market Tavern owner, Mark Arrowsmith (left), receives the Pub of the Season Certificate from Halifax & Calderdale CAMRA Branch Chair Richard lee

Charity Support – Another Great Collaboration at the Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival.

At a well-attended Halifax and Calderdale CAMRA Christmas Social at the Dusty Miller, Mytholmroyd on Tuesday 12th December a cheque for £1,547.65 was presented to the Noah’s Ark Centre who were the Festival Charity at the 2023 Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival held at the Viaduct Theatre, Dean Clough at the end of September. In addition to the money raised, an additional £475 was obtained via the charity’s independently organised raffle. 

Breweries supplying the Festival generously donated a wide-range of items to the charity stall which was staffed by Noah’s Ark Centre members (brewery items donated included bottled and canned beers, items of brewery clothing, pump clips, glasses and a range of other items). Money was also donated by customers in the form of unused beer tokens, glass deposits and cash donations and Nightjar Brew Co owner, Matt Bell, also suggested that a proportion of money from a donated cask of Freebird should be added to charity funds. The amount achieved exceeded the overall total raised at any other Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival and despite rail strikes the festival as a whole achieved the highest surplus in the history of the Halifax and Calderdale CAMRA branch.

The Noah’s Ark Centre is a mental health charity which was established in Ovenden, Halifax in 2000 and supports people throughout Calderdale. It was created to improve the social conditions and emotional well-being in the local community and offers a range of support services that no one else offers. Services include counselling and psychotherapy, peer support, work and volunteering opportunities, money and debt advice, financial capability training, employment support and more recently a foodbank. Their early intervention strategies enable clients to harness their own strengths and abilities to reach their goals and improve mental health and well-being as well as lift people out of poverty. Their debt advice project is one of the most successful in the UK.

The Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival Steering Group Committee always choose a charity that receives little or no Government funding and relies on donations in order to survive. Over the last six festival years, in excess of £6,500 has been raised for charities in Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd, Halifax and Luddendenfoot.

Andrew Sykes and Kelly from the Noah’s Ark Centre pictured with John Hartley, Festival Organiser (Left) and Edward Lee , Co-Festival Organiser (Right)

Thanks to all the breweries that donated items to the charity stall and to customers for their generous donations to help this worthwhile cause.

Dukes Speed Away With POTS Award

Pub of the Season Spring 2023

Dukes Speed Away With POTS Award

On Wednesday 29th March 2023 Elly Pattison-Walker, co-owner of Dukes in the Market Arcade, Halifax, was presented with Halifax and Calderdale CAMRA’s Spring Pub of Season Award by branch chair Richard Lee. In his speech, Richard praised Elly for the cask, keg and cider served by Dukes, for sourcing products from long distances, for the friendliness of the staff and for the modern bar which has been an excellent addition to the Calderdale drinking scene.

Dukes is one of the most recent bars to be established in Halifax and opened in April 2021. Three cask ales are served on handpump , thirteen beers are available on keg and there are also two ciders, one on cask and one on keg. The bar has a bright, colourful, cheerful interior with an extensive splash of pink and turquoise and bench seating is provided for customers in the Victorian Market Arcade. The downstairs colour scheme continues into the upstairs room which features tables with stool seating. Dukes serves rotating street foods on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and also has its own sauce shop.

Co-owner of Dukes, Halifax, Elly Pattison-Walker, receives the Spring 2023 Pub of the Season Awed from Branch Chair Richard Lee