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King's Head

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Type: Bar

18St. George's Square (in Train Station Buildings)
Huddersfield, England, HD1 1JB
United Kingdom

+44 (0)1484 511058 | map

Formerly Train Station Tavern

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Photo of Lk42
4.67/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

A great camra pub in the heart of huddersfield, recently refurbished to return it to its previous features. nice open plan setting with a wide range of beers. With timothy taylors landlord and TT golden best, bradfields farmers blonde and magic rocks ringmaster. Aswell as 6 guest ales. A key stop for those on the ale trail.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.55/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Huddersfield Railway Station was designed by the famous architect J.P.Pritchard & is now a Grade 1 listed building. Built 1846-50 & described by the Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman as "the most splendid station facade in England", it certainly is the finest outside of London. Built during the heyday of Steam Travel, it now forms part of the popular Trans-Pennine route, but more importantly it benefits from not One, but Two, in-situ Station Bars, which is pretty unique.

The first of these is the Train Station Tavern. I headed in here for a quick pint on a trip to Huddersfield during my 03 Easter trip to the UK. At the East end of the Station Building (furthest from the Tunnel side), the TSTavern is entered from the Platform concourse.

Inside is a large L-shaped room. To your immediate left is a small raised step stage which is used regularly for the live music events. A small en-suite Games room has a Dartboard & a Pool Table (both well used) & for the solo drinker/traveler, a quiet snug offers some retreat from the hustle-bustle of the busy bar. The room is pretty much open-plan though, with tables & chairs randomly dotted around. The bar is in front of you & hosts at least 6 Handpumps from memory. Timothy Taylor’s Best Bitter & Landlord, Black Sheep Best Bitter, Jennings Cumberland Ale (superb!) are the regulars. There are usually 2 Guest Beers also, normally from Independents.

The Bar reminds you that are in a Railway Station with pictures of famous British Steam Locomotives, as well as some original old Cast Nameplates (gimme!) & Railway Signs, as well as a strong presence of local Military bric-à-brac & pictures.

Serves Lunchtime Meals (I never tried the food) as well as holding regular Blues nights on Wednesdays & Trad. Jazz on Thursdays; it is the “home” of the locally based Savannah Jazz Band. Occasionally holds Mini-Beer Festivals for Independent Breweries.

The only draw back here for me, is that this place can get very smoky - very quickly, the air extraction either didn’t work, or the filters needed changing on my last visit (I reluctantly down marked both quality & atmosphere by 1.0 for this). Apart from that ‘beef’ (as a non-smoker anyways) – it’s a solid venue, & if you like some live Blues &/or Jazz with your Real Ale – then this is the place to be in Huddersfield! Recommended.

I’ll be back next April, hoping the air extractors are working so I can revise my markings to where they should be (all 4's).

Last Visit: 14th April 03

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King's Head in Huddersfield, GB2, United Kingdom
Place rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 2 ratings