Farmers Arms

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Type: Bar

2-4 Liphill Bank Road
Holmfirth, England, HD9 2LR
United Kingdom

+44 (0)1484 683713 | map

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3.94/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

It’s quite a walk from the center of Holmfirth, but assuming that it’s not raining the ramble to the Farmers Arms from the small Bus Station area where the Bus dropped us off, is a very pleasant one indeed when the Sun shines, on my last visit I wasn't so lucky though. Heading out of town on the Greenfield Road (to Manchester) and up the Hill to Compo’s Café is the hardest part, but then it’s just a short walk down Burnlee Road and down to the Farmers Arms which is actually on Liphill Bank Road.

The stone built Farmers Arms is one of those buildings which extends an inviting warm welcome before you even get inside. There is a small outside drinking area, which is popular in the summer months; indeed, I spent many happy hours soaking up the rays here but that was on previous visits.

It was getting dark and cold when last here so we headed for the warm indoors. Once inside the main bar sits right in front of you, it was nice to see a Real Fire roaring as well. The Farmers retains a divided interior, three rooms that are all of equal décor. Very clean and all is spic and span.

A nice range of Angrams meet the undecided imbiber, the beer range always includes Timothy Taylor’s Landlord, Fuller’s London Pride, Black Sheep Bitter and Adnams Bitter as well as a couple of brews from the Big Boys, Tetley’s Bitter but of more interest is the rarely seen Tetley’s Dark Mild all topped off with a Guest Beer. The Tetley's Dark Mild was nothing short of excellent, very surprising. The beer range is always good enough to keep you interested throughout a decent session as well as having something from the local independents, hence the Selection Mark of 4.0. Service is extremely friendly, dare I even say old style, courteous and very polite. The Landlord was particularly chatty.

No food here, this is really one of those Pubs that has a real focus on offering a decent range of libations for all patrons, though they have a great range of Pub Snacks, Crisps, Nuts, Pork Scratchings, etc. The Pub atmosphere is finished off with what seems like a well used Dartboard.

This is a very popular pub with locals and there isn’t much passing trade here, but being close to two main roads and having its own Car Park it does attract people from nearby on weekends it seems. Whilst lively and inviting it does have a more restrained character and invites the more discerning drinker.

I had been many times before, but I’m sure this was a Free House in years past. It has been owned by White Rose Inns it seems and now it’s a part of the Punch Taverns emporium, yet it still retains all of the charm and excellent beer range that if had in years past.

A late BeerFly addition for my trip to Holmfirth from nearly a year ago, I missed adding this one, but like the Rose & Crown (Nook) this is one Pub that never seems to change with time, a regular in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide, the recipient of many local CAMRA Branch Awards, and a dependable bastion of Real Ale in Holmfirth that has consistently served a great range of Cask beers over the years. It’s off the beaten track but well worth the walk out of the Holmfirth, and if you're hungry you can always stop at Compo's Café.

Last Visit: Monday 5th April, 2004

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Farmers Arms in Holmfirth, GB2, United Kingdom
Place rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 1 ratings
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