Harry's Bar


107b Westgate
Wakefield, England
United Kingdom

+44 (0)1924 373773 | map

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TheLongBeachBum from California

3.73/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Very close to Wakefield Westgate Railway Station (which is served by High Speed Trains, including those to/from Leeds-London), it can still be annoyingly hard to find - this however, is the secret to its success. Just off Westgate, the main road into Wakefield City Centre, as you leave the Railway Station, cross-over the road, walk uphill for about 10 yards, then take a right turn under the first archway that you come to, and walk down the cobbled alleyway at the bottom of the Car Park for another 10 yards, or so, and Harry’s Bar is on your right hand side.

A very unassuming looking, but tidy, well-presented 2-storey building, that was previously unlicensed and an old Printers Shop when purchased by the current owner in the mid 90's. Prior to that, it had been the City’s Slaughterhouse! As you enter the solid wooden door, the bar is in front and just to your left. To the right the other door leads to the restrooms! A small, single roomed cozy bar, this is a superb place to have a quiet pint of high quality traditional Real Ale. Named after the Landlord’s father-in-law, Harry Murphy who played Rugby for Great Britain and the local Wakefield Trinity club in the late 1940’s and 50’s. Indeed, look carefully at the black & white prints on the wall and you may see him. No Jukebox, Loud Music, or Gaming Machines. Two small Tables outside for the Summer, and a Real Fire inside for the colder English months.

The range of 5 or 6 beers on Handpump is excellent for its small size. It always sells Timothy Taylor’s Landlord, and sometimes the lighter mild, Golden Best. Other Guest Beers include rotating offerings from Ossett Brewery, Anglo-Dutch, Black Sheep, Roosters, and Red Lion…… amongst other local Independent Breweries.

Being close to the main Westgate road, which is festooned with bars, Wakefield’s “Westgate Run” is very busy on Friday & Saturday Nights. Harry’s Bar is so close to this, but does not cater for those who do this weekend run. It caters for a different, more select crowd. Its well hidden location means that many miss this place & its slightly higher than average prices and small single room, also means that many avoid this place – its for a reason, it leaves it quiet for the rest of us!

Afterwards, try the India Palace, or Spice Cottage Indian Restaurant, either side of the Bar for a late night Curry.

Last Visit: 26th April 2003

May 22, 2003
Harry's Bar in Wakefield, GB2, United Kingdom
Place rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 1 ratings