Ram's Head

Brewery, Bar, Eatery

26 Wakefield Road
Sowerby Bridge, England
United Kingdom

+44 (0)1422 835876 | map

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vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

The Ram's Head is a short walk out of the Town Centre, over the Canal & up the steep hill in the direction of Wakefield (hence the road name). Yorkshiremen will instantly recognize this as an ex-Websters house, the dead give away is the uniquely shaped exterior pub signs, albeit painted over these days. Those not so familiar with once local Yorkshire Breweries will gleam this information from a quick glance at the half etched windows which are original & rare.

A roadside Pub perched on the side of a rather steep hill, means that you actually enter the main L-shaped bar on the First Floor. The smallish 3-sided wooden bar is located almost in the centre of the Pub. To the left is a largish, well furnished room that resembles a lounge, is no-smoking & where most prefer to eat their meals as a consequence. To the right in front, & on the far side of the bar, is an area where many locals prefer to sit & stand for fear of missing the action. Wooden beams appear to be everywhere in the ceiling, as do stone floors & brass ornaments. The Real Fire is definitely not for decoration, & gives a much needed warm feeling to this Pub in the winter months.

Downstairs, is the Ryburn Brewery which brews the Pubs beers. Set up in 1989, & once upon a time in separate premises, after the owner purchased the Ram's Head, the Brewery was slowly moved into the Cellar to create a Brewpub of sorts. Typically the Ram's Head will have most of the range available, Ryburn Best Bitter (3.6%ABV), Humpty (4.4%ABV) & Rydale Bitter (4.2% ABV). My favorites are the Stabbers (5.2%ABV) & the excellent dark, silky beauty, known as Luddite (5.0%ABV). Other beers from the portfolio (typically the Best Mild 3.3%ABV & Stone Troff 4.6%ABV), as well as ‘Specials’ & ‘One-Offs’ from the Brewery are often briefly available as well. All the beers are very good value for money when compared to average prices for the area.

The Ryburn beers are also available in the Free Trade, but only occasionally. This is the best place to drink them, & the Ram's Head is the Breweries only (owned) Tied-House. Home-made wholesome Food is served, unusually for the UK until 9pm.

Before I left England, I used to visit Sowerby Bridge for a pub Crawl with friends every year since the mid 1980’s, sometime between Xmas Day & New Years Eve. Sowerby Bridge is still worth a day’s beer-rambling, & the Ram's Head should be the top of your list of the ones to visit first (the rest of the towns Pubs are all downhill from here LOL!!!).

May 14, 2003
Ram's Head in Sowerby Bridge, GB2, United Kingdom
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