Three Pigeons Ale House, The


1 Sun Fold, South Parade
Halifax, England
United Kingdom

+44 (0)1422 347001 | map

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4.36/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Revisited during a recent Tuesday afternoon jaunt down the Calder Valley with five friends.

Now owned by the Ossett Brewery, but not much else has changed except for the Beer range which now has at least four Ossett brews. Full list was: Ossett Excelsior (5.2% @ £2.05), Ossett Pale Gold (3.8% @ £1.70), Ossett 3 Pigeons (3.9% @ £1.70), Ossett Oregon (4.7% @ £1.95), Timothy Taylors Landlord (4.3% @ £2.10), Coachhouse Flintlock (4.4% @ £1.95), Roosters Silver Lining (4.3% @ £1.95) and Arundel Sussex Mild (3.7% @ £1.80).

Really nice to get back here. A dependable establishment that never fails to impress with its beer range, friendly service and local charm. It may have a new owner since my last visit here but its business as usual.

Last Visit: Tuesday 11th April, 2006.

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As the adverts say, “An independent, family-run pub, genuinely free of all brewery ties, serving a selection of draught traditional beers, Belgian & Dutch bottled beers, fine wines and wholesome cooked food”. I couldn’t have summed it up better myself.

As you leave Halifax Railway Station, turn left & walk uphill along the road for about 4 minutes until you come to a small roundabout, to your right you will see the Pump Room Pub (worth a visit), the road now goes downhill, & the 3 Pigeons is just on your left.

Built in 1930 by Samuel Webster’s (a local Halifax Brewery established in 1838, closed in 1996), the 3 Pigeons is a classic 1930’s Art-Deco Pub that has changed little since it opened. It retains many of its classic features including an intriguing octagonal shaped roof mural. The Pub was also the inaugural meeting place of the local Halifax & Calderdale Branch of CAMRA in July 1975.

From outside, the 2 ground floor bay widows look superb. As you enter the door which is between these, there are separate rooms to the left & right of the entrance corridor. The bar is to your left set back in a corner. An additional room is at the back to your right & is the only room that has a TV, which whilst showing major sporting events, usually has the volume set very low to avoid intrusion. Each room has its own Real Fire that is used. The walls have local Breweriana from bygone but not forgotten Halifax Breweries such as Webster’s & Whittaker’s.

The bar has 7 Handpumps that serve several regular & guest beers. The regulars are Timothy Taylor’s Landlord & Best Bitter, as well as Black Sheep Bitter. The rest of the “wickets” are passed over to Guest Beers from a wealth of small Independent Breweries, both local & far afield. Dutch & Belgium Bottled beers are also available. If the fancy takes you, you can also try one of the 30+ Rums on sale.

Extremely friendly & very knowledgeable bar staff, nearly always members of the owning family really make you feel at home. They have a terrific sense of humor, so be prepared to be lambasted with Northern England piss-taking mirth – & don’t take it personally!!

Halifax & Calderdale CAMRA Pub of the Year, 2000 & 2002, as well as having Cask Marque accreditation.

I always used to go to Sowerby Bridge every year for a Pub Crawl between Xmas Day & New Years Day with friends. We always got off the Train here on the way through. A really friendly cracking Pub, that serves excellent quality Cask beers, that you will not want to leave.

May 07, 2006
Three Pigeons Ale House, The in Halifax, GB2, United Kingdom
Place rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 1 ratings