Henry Boon's

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130 Westgate
Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England, WF2 9SR
United Kingdom

+44 (0)1924 378126 | map

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3.43/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

H. B. Clark & Co. Brewery was founded in 1905; they ceased brewing during the height of the “Keg Revolution” of the 60’s & 70’s. Clarks survived & they resumed cask production in 1982.

Henry Boon’s is the Brewery Tap & is a part of the Brewery’s premises, forming one corner of the rather attractive Tower Brewery building. “Boons” is located on Westgate, which is the main road that leads east into Wakefield & is right next to Wakefield Westgate Railway Station (on the HS East Coast Mainline), itself a short walk into the City Center.

A wooden Cask hangs over the corner entrance & immediately leads you into a very traditionally furnished interior. Wooden floors & lots of timber form the construction of the inside, including the use of large wooden Hogsheads as Tables. A small room to your left has a Pool Table. The Bar sweeps in a 'J' shape to your right. Above, real thatching forms the roof of the Bar, très cool. Further to your right is a raised seating area that leads to an area called Boon’s Yard, which also has its own self-contained Bar, hosts live music events & is sometimes closed at quiet times.

The beer range varies, but it usually includes Clark’s Classic Blonde, one of Clark’s Seasonal/Monthly beers, Taylor’s Landlord & Tetley’s on Handpump. Also serves what seems to be an ever increasing range (sadly) of Keg/Nitro beers. Occasional Guest beers.

Yet basically Henry Boons’ has a serious flaw; it’s a City Center Pub with a superb location, which wants to equally attract the Friday & Saturday Night crowd, whilst retaining a cozy Real Ale Pub atmosphere & persona. Somehow it just fails to achieve both goals & ends up being stuck in the middle – yet somehow continues to attract crowds from both arenas. It never seems to do enough to promote its own (Clark’s) beers either, which is sad really, for this could be great Brewery Tap with a little more effort.

My biggest beef with Henry Boon’s has been the lack of consistency of the Real Ale over the years, due no doubt in part to the above identity crisis. But at Easter this year when I visited I was happy to find that the reports I had received of improved beer quality were not unfounded. This is a great Pub, no doubt about it, & the Taylor’s Landlord is always a safe bet – but I just wish they would push the Brewery's own beers a lot more.

P.S. If you are catching a Train from Wakefield Westgate – from Boon's, allow 3 mins. 29 seconds to get there for Platform 1 & an extra 40 seconds for Platform 2.

Dec 03, 2003
Henry Boon's in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, GB2, United Kingdom
Place rating: 3.43 out of 5 with 1 ratings