Brewery Arms

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18 Longcroft (Worth Way/Longcroft Junction)
Keighley, England, BD21 5AL
United Kingdom

+44 (0)1535 603102 | map

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3.64/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Stop #4 on a, by now, rather active Keighley Pub Crawl. From the Cricketers, a walk through some back streets, an Old Victorian Shopping Mall and a few twists and turns had us exit outside near Morrison’s Supermarket, opposite which is situated the Brewery Arms.

Now I know this Pub under many, many guises over some 18+ years. On my first visit it was a Timothy Taylor’s Pub called the Masons Arms, on others it had a brief respite as some crappy Kids bar (Chelps!?!?) and a more upstanding incarnation as a Clarks (of Wakefield) establishment, suitably named the Boons Arms. It eventually closed and was then purchased by Worth Brewery and opened again in late 1996 as the Brewery Arms after a solid refurbishment put life back into the tired interior. The latest Pub name has stuck for nearly 10 years now, some 6 years longer the Worth Brewery did. Since the demise of said Brewery (sometime in 2000) I believe that the Brewery Arms has been run as a Free House. Now an independent Real Ale outlet once again, the new owners have since added a No-Smoking Room, Disabled Access and more impressively a 42 cover Silver Service Restaurant on the first floor.

A pebble-dashed exterior is festooned with some bright yellow backed signs and is hard to miss. The main entrance on Longcraft has you pass the annexed No Smoking room immediately on your left as work your way forward to the main bar set against the back wall. To the right, the main room opens up, on two levels and contains plenty of room for standing, seating and generally milling around. Lots of wood paneling and traditional fixtures & fittings with many of the interior glazed windows still displaying the Worth Brewery logo.

A serious collection of Beer Engines lines the bar like Soldiers, several of which display the splendor of dark green Timothy Taylor handles, yet all serve a fantastic array of Cask Ales. I had a hard time selecting the casualty on my visit – the options were Goose Eye Barm Pot (3.8% @ £1.90), Saxon Greensleeves Cider (7.2% @ £2.50), Skipton Golden Pippin (3.9% @ £1.94), Litton Pots Beck (4.2% @ £1.96), Old Mill Bitter (3.9% @ £1.96), Little Valley Stoodley Stout (4.8% @ £2.00), Old Bear Rocky Horror Bear (7.0% @ £2.40), Timothy Taylor’s Best Bitter (4.0% @ £1.96), Old Mill Bullion (4.7% @ £1.98) and Saltaire Challenger (5.2% @ £2.16). Prices were reasonable and Service was good but a tad slow, however, unfortunately the Stoodley Stout, which I eventually opted for, had a vinous trait and tasted like it was on its way out. As well as my friends that I traveled with, I bumped into an old drinking pal at the bar who just happened to be here, he hinted that the Ten (10) Ales on offer often contained one or two that “were on their way out”. Hard to judge on one visit but the quality of the ale here was not the most impressive that I had in Keighley for sure.

Does Lunchtime food and plenty of English Pub (cold) Snacks, it even has a small outside area, but it seems rarely used apart from the hotter days in Summer.

A nice enough Pub stop on our crawl, but it seemed to lack some atmosphere, and I have to seriously question the quality of all ten Ales, but I am making a short judgment call there with my one visit and the iffy Stoodley Stout, though my friends that offered a “beware the beer that no-one orders”, backed it up with some examples - all know their stuff and I would not doubt any of them. A great stop, and plenty of Real Ales to choose from at super prices, but this is still a Pub that seems to lack that special something for me, even now, some 18 years on with all of its makeovers, owner and name changes, it still just seems to be in a vacuum when it comes to that “personal identity”, a good looking kid with no charisma if you will.

If you pardon the awful pun, "Worth" popping in for sure though!

Last Visit: Saturday 8th April, 2006.

Apr 29, 2006
Brewery Arms in Keighley, GB2, United Kingdom
Place rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 1 ratings