Bradford’s Good beer Guide pubs 2021

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Bulls Head Inn

Lovely, award-winning, two-roomed traditional pub with a cosy and well-appointed lounge, proper tap room, log fires and photos of Baildon adorning the walls. A very popular village local with a warming atmosphere frequented by a wide age range of customers and where visitors and well-behaved dogs are always welcome. As well as the four regular real ales there is an additional ever varying guest usually from the darker end of the scale. The separate tap room houses darts, dominoes and a classic table video game machine.

The Junction

This popular, multi-award winning and friendly three-roomed traditional local comprises a snug, public bar and a games area. The three regularly available beers, usually including at least one from the in-house Junction brewery, are complemented by three guest ales. Bottled ciders and foreign beers are also sold. Sports events on TV are popular. Quiz nights are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, a jamming session on Sunday nights and varying pub games during other evenings. A piano is present for those who may want to provide impromptu live music and sing-alongs. A regular 3-day beer festival occurs at the end of July. The pub is the "headquarters" of Shipley Town FC

Chip N Ern

Traditionally-styled micropub located on Bingley's Main Street and a popular destination on the local real ale scene. The wood-panelled ground floor bar has a distinctive and eclectic range of decorations. Additional seating is available in the upstairs bar which is currently undergoing refurbishment. The seven cask ales include a varying range from Bridgehouse, Goose Eye and other guest breweries. A range of ciders is also offered. A musician's jam night is held early on Tuesday evenings whilst a folk jam night takes place on the first Monday of the month. Close to the railway station and handy for exploring the famous Five Rise Locks on the adjacent Leeds-Liverpool Canal.

Platform 1 3/4

This single room pub is situated in the town centre off Chapel Lane and close to the railway station. The interior seating is zoned and includes some unusual recycling. Outdoor seating is provided in fine weather. Eight handpulls serve two regular house beers (a bitter and a blonde) and up to six ever-varying guest beers. There is always a dark beer available. Many of the real ales are sourced from the surrounding region. Numerous keg taps, on and behind the bar, offer a range of lagers and ciders. The fridges stock a variety of international and UK craft beers in bottled and canned form. Up to 24 boxed ciders of various styles are also available. Dogs are welcome as are children until 8pm. Classic TV programmes are played on a rotating basis on a screen in the corner of the room. Opening and closing times may vary depending upon the demand.

The Corn Dolly

Multi-award winning traditional freehouse that has featured in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide for more than 30 years. A short distance from the city centre and within easy reach from Forster Square railway station. It used to be called the Wharfe due to its location near to the former Bradford canal and opened its doors for the first time in 1834. It retains the friendly atmosphere of an out-of-town local. An open-plan layout incorporates a games area to one end. There are three regular real ales plus a further five guests, usually from regional breweries and always including a varying dark ale. Good value food is served weekday lunchtimes. It is popular for a pint before Bradford City matches. A collection of over 1000 pumpclips adorn the beams and the jukebox is worth checking out especially if your musical taste veers towards rock and the 80's.

Exchange Craft Beer House

This establishment is located under the Victorian splendour that is the Wool Exchange building. Inside, the premises are open-plan with a large seating area and bar under a brick barrel ceiling with a smaller raised seating area near the entrance. Formerly a well-known rock pub, it was re-opened in mid-November 2018 by the owner of Hebden Bridge's Nightjar brewery. Despite being a cellar bar, the pub has a light and airy feel. The pub is not a tap house for Nightjar brewery but at least one of their real ales is usually available. The other real ales tend to be sourced from smaller regional breweries but can be from further afield and it is aimed to provide a good variety of beer styles from light to dark. There are six keg taps which serve one cider and one lager plus a range of craft beers.

Fighting Cock

Drinkers' paradise in an industrial area, this traditionally-styled freehouse is 20 minutes walk from city centre and close to the bus routes along Thornton Road and Legrams Lane. Multi-award winning, it was CAMRA Branch Pub of the Year 2018 and the Branch Cider Pub of the Year 2019. Its traditional, unpretentious feel appeals to a wide variety of people from loyal locals to well-travelled real ale enthusiasts. Twelve real ales are usually on sale including at least one dark beer. Real ciders are offered, comprising three regulars (sourced from Biddendens and Westons) and two guests with one of these often being a perry. Foreign bottled beers are stocked and good value lunches are served Monday to Saturday. The juke box has an extensive and eclectic choice of music. A large pub garden is located on the opposite side of the street.

Jacobs Beer House

Refurbished and re-opened in May 2013, this pub was formerly known as Jacobs Well. CAMRA Bradford Cider Pub of the Year 2018 & 2017 and also runner-up Branch Pub of the Year 2018. This is the only building, dating from 1811, on what is left of Kent Street. It comprises a single open-plan room but with a rustic, multi-room feel. There are nine handpulls. Up to eight of these offer a varying range and style of real ales with the other being used to serve real cider. There are numerous boxed ciders, including a regular cider by Grumpy John plus others often by Coleman's and Pure North, and perries. Foreign bottled beers are also available. An outdoor seating area in front of the pub is popular in good weather. Sit outside and watch the city bustle while supping good ale.

Old Bank

City centre traditional-style pub located within an impressive building that was formerly a bank. There is a large ground floor room, with a semi-enclosed room to the rear, and an additional seating area upstairs. The ground floor is finished with oak woodwork and neutral colours whilst the upstairs room has an impressive and opulent classical style to it. The bar has four handpulls serving a beer from Coach House Brewery and up to three guests. Good value meals are offered throughout the day. A smoking area is located a the rear of the building. Sections of the pub can be hired on request. The pub is under the same ownership as the Ginger Goose, City Vaults and Lord Clyde but each have their own identities

Record Café

Opened in late November 2014, this establishment's unique selling point is the sale of ale, vinyl and ham! The pub is CAMRA Bradford's Pub of the Year 2020 and also won in 2019 and 2017 (runner-up in 2018). It comprises a single open-plan corridor style room on the ground floor, containing the bar and charcuterie, and an upper mezzanine area. Four real ales are available on handpull with a further seven craft keg beers from independent brewers offered on tap. The ales are often from Yorkshire-based breweries and cover a variety of styles including a dark beer. Real cider and perry is also available and, in addition, there is an extensive selection of of home-produced and imported bottled beers and speciality gins. Snacky food is offered in a charcuterie style focussing on hams and cheeses from Spain and with the menu being presented on LP covers. Meanwhile, in the upstair mezzanine area, it is possible to browse and purchase vinyl records until 6pm. Tap takeovers occur from time to time. There is a 20% discount on take-out bottles and cans.


Rescued from oblivion in 2011 by local brewery owners, this lovely old-fashioned village pub has a pleasant setting near the church and has previously been a CAMRA Bradford Pub of the Season. Although having a semi-open plan layout, it retains a multi-room feel. The premises were extended to the rear in 2014 to increase the dining area. The emphasis is primarily on food although there is also a pleasant drinking area to the front. The pub is the brewery tap for Old Spot Brewery and its beers are sold over the majority of the seven handpulls. Guests ales from other regional breweries are also usually offered. Substantial meals are available from the extensive and imaginative menu. Meal deals are offered on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Children are welcome until 9pm and dogs are permitted in the front bar area (but not in the dining areas). A quiz is held on the first Thursday of the month and there is an early evening bingo session every Sunday. During the week, the pub may close earlier depending upon demand.

Cracker Barrel

Opened in April 2017 and extensively refurbished in 2020, this small, friendly, popular, family-run micro-pub comprises a single room with the new bar now positioned along the right-hand side. It has a cosy, homely feel. Tetley Cask Bitter is the regular real ale. The other four hand-pulls serve an ever varying range of real ales, often including a dark beer, from regional breweries. Lagers and Somersby Cider are also available. The pub is family and dog friendly. A small outside seating area is located to the front of the pub but it is next to a busy main road so expect plenty of noise! The new beer garden to the rear, constructed during the Covid-19 lockdown, adds adidtional seating in a quieter location. CAMRA Bradford Branch Pub of the Season Spring 2019.

New Line

Opened in June 2018, this pub is an impressive, high quality conversion of a former residential property dating from the 1800's. A friendly welcome is assured and it is proving to be popular with all who visit. The downstairs room contains the bar. There is an additional upstairs seating area, containing a TV and wood burning stove. The original stonework and roof beams have been exposed and restored and there are luxurious furnishings within. There is no beer garden as such but a bench to the front provides outside seating. One regular and three guest real ales are served from the hand-pulls. Keg beers and ciders are also available.

Idle Draper

Situated in the centre of Idle village, this modern micro-bar opened in November 2016 and is housed within the premises of the former Briggs draper. It comprises a single room containing the bar on the ground floor with an additional comfortable lounge area above. To the rear is a converted barn, believed to be one of the oldest buildings in the village, which houses Bone Idle Brewery and has an upstairs TV/cinema room and an outdoors seating area. Three handpulls offer a varying range of real ales with at least one usually from Bone Idle. Lagers and stouts are also offered as are numerous gins from an extensive menu. The upstairs room can be hired for private functions as can the barn. Brewing events can be booked and those involved in the brewing are able to design their own pump clip and buy the beer at reduced prices once it is available at the bar. The barn can be made available for community events and the Bone Idle Mens Club meet there every Wednesday evening.

Flying Duck

A beautifully refurbished historic traditional-style pub close to the town centre. Originally constructed as a farmhouse in 1709, this is reputed to be Ilkley's oldest pub building. It was re-opened in late 2013 under its current name, a reference to a previous name. This Grade-II Listed building retains many of its original features, such as, Yorkstone and oak flooring, beamed ceilings, internal stonework and mullioned windows. Up to eight real ales, including four regular ales (three from the house brewery) and always including a porter or stout, and two real ciders are available. Wharfedale Brewery is located in a barn to the rear and tours can be arranged. The first floor function room includes a bar and is free to hire. There is an outside terrace to the rear. Walkers, runners and cyclists are welcome as are well-behaved dogs. Food is served Tuesday to Sunday and also on Bank Holiday Mondays.

Cap & Collar

Popular modern micro-pub with open plan café-style layout accommodating up to thirty-five customers. A beer garden and smoking area are located to the rear. Four handpulls serve a varying range of real ales often from local breweries but can also be from further afield. Up to four further beers from independent breweries are offered and dispensed using the key-keg system. A real cider is also usually available. Tap takeover events are held regularly and a homebrew club also meets here. Folk musicians play on a Sunday afternoon and a book club meets on the first Tuesday of the month. Dogs are permitted unless the pub is busy. Pork pies, with various flavours, and other snacky food is offered. CAMRA Branch Pub of the Season Summer 2015 & Autumn 2017. The pub is open 1-7pm on bank holidays.

Salt Cellar

CAMRA Bradford Branch - Outer Bradford Pub of the Year 2020. This traditional pub was built just on the edge of the World Heritage Site of Saltaire village because Sir Titus Salt did not allow licenced premises in the area. Previously the Victoria and following a period of refurbishment, it re-opened in December 2017 as the Salt Cellar. Much of the character of the earlier building has been retained and the pub has a friendly, cosy feel. It comprises a two-roomed house with Victorian character having comfortable seating, stained glass partitions and book shelves. There are numerous pictures of old Saltaire adorning the walls. Six handpulls offer a varying range of real ales from local and regional breweries and usually comprise two blondes, two ambers and two dark beers. The public bar now focusses on selling specialist gins of which there is an extensive collection. Closing times on a Friday and Saturday may vary.


Bradford Branch Cider Pub of the Year 2020. This stone-built former Hammonds house, built in 1870, was previously the Shipley Pride. It re-opened under new ownership in December 2018 as the "Beehive" reflecting an even earlier incarnation when it was known as the Beehive Hotel. A traditional local, it comprises two ground floor rooms that have been opened up to form a larger single room with a central bar. To the right-hand side, the room has stone walls and leaded windows. To the left-hand side, the room has extensive wood panelling, crimson walls and more leaded windows. Church pews provide seating throughout. A snug to the back has stone walls, tiled flooring and numerous leather seats. Up to nine real ales and eleven local ciders (including one served by hand-pull and usually including a local cider by Grumpy John) are offered. A further eight taps serve keg beers. A large basement room, which can be hired for functions and events, houses an additional bar with three hand-pulls. An intriguing picture of the Beehive Hotel (as was) highlights the changes that have occurred in the area since. Shipley railway station and the bus interchange are close by and there is free car parking in the adjacent car wash after 6pm. The pub can be opened outside of its usual hours for groups and parties by prior arrangement. It is closed for the first two weeks of January.


Popular, small and friendly multi-award winning, single room, cafe-style bar. Simply but smartly furnished. Six hand-pulled real ales include some from the in-house BEEspoke micro-brewery with guests usually from local and regional breweries. Real ciders are available, usually including one from a local producer, as are a wide range of international bottled beers. Three niche world-class lagers are available on draught. The pub is also home to the award-winning Shiny Cowbird Spirit Company. If you don't want anything alcoholic, coffee is also served. Handy for quick refreshment when waiting for trains as the station is close to the rear of the building. There is live music every Tuesday & Wednesday evening and bands often perform on a Saturday night when the pub can become very busy. A quiz is held on Monday nights and there is an "Open the Box" competition early Sunday evening.


Popular, modern-style bar located close to Shipley town centre and the bus interchange. Previously the Connexions café, the premises opened as a new bar in October 2017. It is open-plan but has three distinct areas in a corridor layout in a variety of styles over split levels. In September 2020, an additional room was added which provides additional seating and can be closed off and used as a function room or for events and meetings. There are four hand-pumps serving a variety of real ales, usually from regional brewers and often different to the other pubs in the area, plus a further hand pump dedicated to cider, in addition to boxed locally produced cider. A number of artisan craft beers are also available on the six keg taps. Children are welcome. A Caribbean Soul food menu is available at food times.

Sir Norman Rae

A typical conversion by Wetherspoon from a previous use. Formerly a Co-op department store, it originally opened as a Lloyds No.1 but then changed to the standard Wetherspoon format. The guest real ale choice usually focuses on local breweries. As with other pubs in the group, Greene King products are also present on the bar. "Meet the Brewer" nights are occasionally held. The good-value food on offer is from the usual Wetherspoon menu. The pub is conveniently located next to Shipley bus interchange, giving rise to its nickname of "The Waiting Room", and close to the railway station.

Black Rat

Previously a florist shop, this micro-pub (it has capacity for approximately 15 people!) opened in March 2016. A friendly welcome is assured and there is a cosy atmosphere. As there is no music, TV or games machines, conversation and banter is key. The pub offers a varying selection of four real ales, primarily from Yorkshire breweries and with one line dedicated to dark beers. Also offered are two craft keg ciders, four boxed ciders and two craft lagers along with a range of artisanal gins. It can be very busy first thing after a working day.

Hooper Micropub

Opened on Christmas Eve 2015, this cosy and friendly, split-level micro-pub quickly established itself with local people in the urban village of Wibsey. The bar is situated on the upper level and there is comfortable seating in the lower part. Five handpulls offer a varying selection of beers that are primarily sourced from the local / Yorkshire region but with the occasional beer from further afield. Photographs of old Wibsey provide a simple relief from the otherwise minimalist décor. Closing times may vary depending upon the demand.

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