Pump Room, The

Pump Room, ThePump Room, The
Pump Room, ThePump Room, The

35 New Road
Halifax, England, HX1 2LH
United Kingdom

+44 (0)1422 381465 | map

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3.94/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Stop #5 on a recent Calder Valley Pub Crawl. Within spitting distance of the Three Pigeons, and on the way back to the Halifax Railway Station, the Pump Room has been a regular establishment worthy of a Pint for some years now.

Situated at the confluence of New Road, South Parade and Church Street, and formerly known as the Druids; the Pump Room Ale House is actually situated on the corner of New Road and Church Street. A two storey stone building with a salt box shed style roof, the frontage is decorated with many flower boxes and even an old wooden cart on its exterior. It has changed little since it opened and I started drinking here back in the early 90’s.

Inside, as you enter the Pump Rooms, there is a stone flagged floor area that befronts the Bar. The inside is basically one long narrow room that splits into two distinct rooms to your left and right from the entrance on New Road. To the left, a carpeted area rises up, a sort of ‘Lounge Room’ with upholstered fittings as well as playing host to a large screen TV. To the right, the décor is a little more spartan and ‘Tap Room’ like with wooden floors and church pew wooden like seating set against the walls. The Tap Room section tends to echo to the passing of footsteps on the wooden pine floor yet his seems to fill the room with life. The whole interior has a relatively low wooden beamed ceiling which is decorated with Pumpclips of past Guest Beers, old brass taps, clay pipes, and other pieces of bric-a-brac. The walls are littered with black & white photos of the Halifax of yesteryear, as well as old tobacco and brewery advertisements and other Victoriana including some railway Clocks.

In warmer climes, trestle tables line the roadside frontage and form an outdoor drinking area, though on my visit on a cooling April Shower ridden Tuesday evening, the trestle tables were all stored on the first floor and only a collection of some 30 or so empty Firkins and Kilderkins lined the front of the Pump Rooms pavement along with a few parked cars.

The bar serves both rooms, split by a column. Approximately 13 beers are on sale, listed on a chalkboard; usually split something like 3 Regular and 10 Guests which are ever changing and rotating. Regular offerings come from Black Sheep, Timothy Taylors, Caledonian, Ossett and Roosters. I decided to opt for one of the rotating Guest Beers, Harviestoun Navigator, a pale 4.3% ABV ale brewed with American Mount Hood hops, a tasty hoppy brew and superb on Cask.

Service was reasonable, above average so to speak, and the prices were comparable with other Pubs visited during the day, certainly not expensive.

Yet again, another old favorite, a great range of ales set in a warming interior, but it always seems to lack a little soul and atmosphere for me, unless you are with many friends as I usually am, it can feel a little clinical. Regardless, the beer quality is always good and it never fails to offer something new on each visit.

Last Visit: Tuesday 11th April, 2006.

May 07, 2006
Pump Room, The in Halifax, GB2, United Kingdom
Place rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 1 ratings