Pub of the Year

CAMRA HALIFAX & CALDERDALE AWARD WINNERS OVER RECENT YEARS

Pub of the Year

2023 Winner The Cross Keys, Siddal
2022 Winner The Fox and Goose Co-operative Pub, Hebden Bridge Highly Commended
The Cross Keys, Siddal
København, Halifax
The Victorian Craft Beer Café, Halifax
The Grayston Unity, Halifax
The Wainhouse Tavern, King Cross, Pye Nest
2021 Winner

Not Awarded – COVID

2020 Winner The Market Tavern, BrighouseHighly Commended
The Cross Keys, Siddal
The Fox and Goose Co-operative Pub, Hebden Bridge
The Grayston Unity, Halifax
The Pub, Todmorden
The Three Pigeons, Halifax
The Victorian Craft Beer Café, Halifax
2019 Winner The Fox and Goose Co-operative Pub, Hebden BridgeHighly Commended
The Cross Keys, Siddal
The Grayston Unity, Halifax
The Market Tavern, Brighouse
2018 Winner The Victorian Craft Beer Café, HalifaxHighly Commended
Calan’s Micropub, Hebden Bridge
The Cross Keys, Siddal
The Fox and Goose Co-operative Pub, Hebden Bridge
The Market Tavern, Brighouse
2017 Winner The Cross Keys, SiddalHighly Commended
The Fox and Goose Co-operative Pub, Hebden Bridge
The Victorian Craft Beer Café, Halifax

2016 Winner The Firehouse, Sowerby Bridge
2015 Winner The Three Pigeons, Halifax
2014 Winner The Cross Keys, Siddal

Cider Pub of the Year

2023 Winner Fox and Goose, Hebden Bridge
2021 Winner

Not Awarded – COVID

2020 Winner Not Awarded
2019 Winner Calan’s Micropub, Hebden BridgeHighly Commended
The Fox and Goose Co-operative Pub, Hebden Bridge
The Market Tavern, Brighouse

2023 Pub of the Year

The Cross Keys, Siddal Gains Halifax & Calderdale CAMRA’s Top Award.

On Wednesday 26th April Hugh Kirby of the Cross Keys, Siddal was presented with Halifax and Calderdale CAMRA’s Pub of Year award for 2023. The pub has now received the award on three occasions in the last ten years, previously being the Pub of the Year in 2014 and 2017, and was Highly Commended in Halifax and Calderdale CAMRA’s Pub of Year Competition in 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2022.

In a packed pub, Halifax and Calderdale CAMRA’s Branch Chair, Richard Lee, stated that The Cross Keys was ‘the perfect pub’ and that it was ‘awesome’. He commented on the quality and range of the beers on sale, the dedication and knowledge of the staff, the warm and friendly atmosphere and the true community feel.

The Cross Keys is a 17th-century tavern that has a real traditional feel and serves eight real ales on handpump, two keg beers and a range of other drinks and is well-known for its locally made, quality, pork pies. It is a popular local’s local, is the home of conversation and banter, is visited by customers from much further afield and is frequented by walkers and cyclists as well as many other groups. It has an extensive, undercover, outdoor area where live music is often featured on Sunday afternoons.

The Cross Keys holds a popular beer and music festival in August (the 2023 event will take place from the 11th – 13th August) which is highly recommended by CAMRA members, SPBW members and local people. This festival is not to be missed.

Hugh Kirby (owner of the Cross Keys, Siddal) is presented with Halifax and Calderdale CAMRA’s 2023 Pub of the Year award by Branch Chair Richard Lee.
Happy Hugh Kirby pictured with his dedicated, hardworking staff immediately after the Pub of the Year 2023 presentation.

2023 Cider Pub of the Year

The Fox and Goose, Hebden Bridge – Halifax and Calderdale CAMRA’s Cider Pub of the Year 2023

On Wednesday 12th July, the staff at the Fox and Goose Co-operative Pub in Hebden Bridge were presented with Halifax and Calderdale CAMRA’s Cider Pub of the Year 2023 award by Branch Cider Representative Lee-Anne Burgess. In her speech Lee-Anne stated that she had started to visit the Fox and Goose about 10 years previously because it was the pub that was most likely to sell more than one real cider on a regular basis. She praised the pub for recently installing two new taps which connect directly to two bag in a box still ciders dispensing different cider styles and for selling a real cider in bottle and on keg. She also praised the pub for supporting local cider producers such as ‘Udders Orchard in Huddersfield and Pure North Cider Press in Holmfirth, for rotating ciders and for acquiring real ciders from producers in other parts of the UK. Lee-Anne said that the Fox and Goose was a well-deserved winner of Halifax and Calderdale CAMRA’s Cider Pub of the Year and every time cider drinkers visit they can expect to find something different. She concluded by congratulating the pub for continuously offering a wide-range of quality real ales and congratulated all the staff at the Fox and Goose for making it such a great pub.

The Fox and Goose became West Yorkshire’s first community-owned co-operative pub on the 22nd March 2014. Since that time extensive renovations have gradually taken place, largely carried out by volunteer shareholders in their own time. It has been an entry in the Good Beer Guide every year since 2014 and has won numerous awards. The Fox and Goose won the Cider Pub of the Year award on a previous occasion (2019), periodically offers tutored cider tasting sessions and apple pressing is a feature of the pub’s annual Harvest Festival in October/November.

There are an increasing number of real cider/real perry drinkers in Calderdale and throughout the UK. Halifax and Calderdale CAMRA are keen to encourage more pubs to sell real cider and perry in bag in a box, bottle and on keg. A list of real cider and perry producers can be found on the National CAMRA website or can be emailed to interested parties by contacting Halifax and Calderdale CAMRA direct via the Branch Contact facility on the branch website. It should be noted that not all ciders and perries are real.

Lee-Anne Burgess, Halifax and Calderdale CAMRA Cider Representative (far right), with the victorious Fox and Goose staff team.

2022

The Fox and Goose Gains Another Top Award.

On Wednesday 27th April the Fox and Goose Co-operative Pub, Hebden Bridge received yet another award from CAMRA Halifax and Calderdale. The pub was presented with CAMRA Halifax and Calderdale’s top award, Pub of the Year 2022, by Branch Chair Richard Lee. Richard commented on the pub’s high quality customer service, knowledgeable staff, high quality ales and the range and diversity of beer styles. He also referred to the extensive refurbishment of the outdoor area and the range of musical and other events provided for customers.

The Fox and Goose became West Yorkshire’s first community-owned co-operative pub on the 22nd March 2014 and has been an entry in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide every year since that time. The 2022 Pub of the Year award is added to the string of other awards presented to the Fox and Goose by the CAMRA branch in recent years. In 2015 it was winter Pub of the Season, in 2017, 2018 and 2020 it was Highly Commended in the Pub of the Year Competition and in 2019 it was Pub of the Year and Highly Commended in the Cider Pub of the Year as well as being the Runner Up in the Yorkshire Pub of the Year competition.

The Fox and Goose is one of many high quality pubs in the CAMRA Halifax and Calderdale branch area. Collectively they contribute to the area being a centre for beer tourism and attract ale drinkers from other parts of Yorkshire, Lancashire and many other places throughout the UK.

2020

The Market Tavern Wins CAMRA Halifax and Calderdale’s Top Award.

In an informal presentation on the 30th July 2020, Andrew (aka Snap) and Debbie Gardner and Adam Bryan of the Market Tavern in Brighouse were presented with CAMRA Halifax and Calderdale’s Top Award, Pub of the Year 2020. The Market Tavern, in the centre of Brighouse, opened in February 2016 and since that time has won a string of CAMRA Halifax and Calderdale awards including Pub of the Season in Spring 2017, Highly Commended in the Pub of the Year Competition 2018, Highly Commended in the Pub of the Year Competition and the Cider Pub of the Year Competition 2019 and this year the highest award that can be presented by the CAMRA Halifax and Calderdale Branch.

Adam, Snap and Debbie receive the CAMRA Halifax and Calderdale Pub of
the Year Award at the informal presentation on Thursday 30th July 2020

The Market Tavern is easily accessible by bus and is only a ten minute walk from Brighouse Railway Station. It serves 6 rotating real ales on handpump, real cider, lagers, spirits, wines and bottled beers. Bar snacks are available under normal circumstances and there is a fish and chip shop nearby. Seating is provided in the bar area, lounge and beer garden. The staff are knowledgeable and helpful and local customers are very friendly. A perfect place to visit.

The Market Tavern is now automatically entered in to the Regional Pub of the Year Competition and it is hoped that, along with the massive achievements of the pub over recent years, it will be judged worthy of achieving a Yorkshire Regional award.

2019

Double Award for the Fox and Goose

On the 25th April the Fox and Goose Co-operative Pub in Hebden Bridge was presented with the CAMRA Halifax and Calderdale Pub of the Year award for 2019. The pub had previously received Highly Commended certificates in the Pub of the Year competition in 2017 and 2018 and this year received the highest award that the branch can bestow. This is an excellent achievement for the Fox and Goose which only five/six years earlier was facing an uncertain future.
Members of the branch, shareholders and locals turned out in large numbers to celebrate the pub’s success and Richard Lee, the Branch Chair, gave a short speech praising the pub’s achievements, the high quality and consistency of ale sold, the recent developments and the community events held, before presenting two certificates and the Pub of the Year banner to Hannah Thurman (Manager) and Drew Marsh (Bar/Cellar Person). The second of the two certificates was a Highly Commended award in the Cider Pub of the Year category.


The Fox and Goose (West Yorkshire’s first Community Pub) is now automatically entered in to the Regional Pub of the Year Competition and it is hoped that, with the massive achievements of the pub over recent years, it will be judged worthy of achieving a Yorkshire Regional award.

2018

April 26th we awarded the Victorian Craft Beer Cafe the 2018 Pub of the Year. Although featuring in the shortlist of several previous occasions it was undoubtedly a popular choice. Members of the branch turned up in force to help celebrate a pub that has helped put beer at the forefront of the Halifax resurgence.

Richard and the bar staff

Richard Lee gave a short speech praising the pub for putting the beer quality at the forefront by continually to put on interesting ales served at their peak.

The banner itself was presented by the previous winner – Hugh Kirby of the Cross Keys and beer drinkers all over Halifax can be assured that such tough competition will ensure that standards are kept high.

The pub is now automatically entered into the next stage of the Regional competition and its hard to think that such an attractive pub hasn’t got something to offer to all. Certainly if the packed nature of the presentation night was anything to go by it has proven itself well capable of offering something for everyone.

Richard & Simon

2017

On Wednesday 26th March the branch presented The Cross Keys with its Pub of The Year Award. This is their second award in 4 years so the Cross Keys is obviously doing something right.

Hugh and Ruth, joined by their team of Amy, Chloe and H were presented with the certificate by Branch Chair, Peter Judge. In his speech he alluded to the quality of the beer in the Cross Keys but said that in order to be the Pub of the Year the pub itself had to have something that made it that bit special.

A Fitting Tribute

The fact that so many people turned out that night was testament to the fact that it wasn’t just CAMRA that thought highly of the pub. Peter also mentioned that not only was it the branch Pub of The Year but now automatically was entered into the competition for Yorkshire Pub of the Year.