Stalybridge Buffet Bar to West Riding Walk
A tough bunch of 13 arrived at Stalybridge Buffet Bar on the 06:55 train out of Dewsbury on a cool but sunny Sunday morning with smiles on their faces ready for the more than a marathon challenge of walking 27 miles back to The West Riding in Dewsbury.
After a light breakfast and with the weather set fair our intrepid walkers set off along the canal and followed the nice and gentle winds of the canal through Mossley, Greenfied and Uppermill onto Diggle. This is when the small matter of a 800 foot climb began to the top of Pule Hill which was a killer, provided nice views, but still a real tough ask. A brief stop to catch our breath and appreciate the fantastic views it was then on down to Marsden where the steep walk down was nearly as hard on the bodies as the climb but at least there was a break and refreshments in sight.
First stop and the completion of the first leg was The Riverhead brewery tap in Marsden where the kind people at Ossett Brewery had laid on some complimentary refreshments for our walkers. A drink, a great hot beef sandwich with a few chunky chips, applications of ointments & plasters and taking of ibuprofens and then they were ready for the off again. Leg two was the seemingly easier task of walking down the canal towards Huddersfield and stop number 2 – The Sportsman. However its not all down hill, the short but steep hill up towards town from Longroyd Bridge was not appreciated after 19 miles and 7 hours of walking but as the walkers approached the promise of a beer, some more food and chance to have a short sit were too much. What we planned to be a 10 minute toilet & drinks break turned into an hours recharge as the heat and distance took its toll (as did the blisters and injuries).
An hour later after two refreshing pints and the chance for the ibuprofen to kick in and they were off on the final walk towards Dewsbury, down Leeds Road and through Mirfield, Ravensthorpe and on to home. Hobbling, tired and completely exhausted our team managed to find enough to energy to get to the end and a welcome home drink. With the clock approaching 8pm and 27 miles covered in 10 and a half to 11 hours of walking our team reunited at The West completely knackered, nursing numerous injuries but happy to have completed the walk.
A great effort by all involved which has raised a great amount for our West25 charities. If you haven’t managed to donate or want to find out more please visit our money giving site here:
Also some thank yous:
A great big thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all the walkers – you are all legends and will be forever friends of Beerhouses. You know who you are – well done.
Thank you to all who supported along the route and at each pub, it meant a lot to the walkers.
Thank you for Ossett Brewery & The Riverhead for providing refreshments for the walkers as well as the staff at our pubs – Stalybridge Buffet Bar, The Sportsman & West Riding for looking after the walkers needs.
Thank you to Paulaner UK for sponsoring the walk which meant every walker and everyone who sponsored £20 or more received a free pint.
Thank you to Sam from The Corner and all her patrons and staff for supporting our charities, doing the walk and smashing the sponsorship funds.
Finally a massive thank you to everyone who sponsored or donated to the cause. It really is appreciated. Kirkwood Hospice, Candlelghters & Bens Music Foundation are some great charities and people will really benefit from your efforts.
#TeamBeerhouses #West25 #CharityChallenge #SmashedIt
Lovely canal path
Views on the way up
Down to Marsden
Sportsman – Pint
Sunday 12th – 28 Mile walk from Stalybridge Buffet Bar to West Riding LRR with the small matter of the Pennines in between. Beerhouses staff and friends are doing the Walk in aid of our West25 charity friends.
Approx timings and route:
PART1: Stalybridge to Riverhead Pub, Marsden – approx. 12 miles / 4 hours
Start – Stalybridge Buffet Bar 8:30am
Route – Stalybridge – Heyrod – Mossley – Uppermill – Diggle – Marsden
Finishing Part 1 at Riverhead, Marsden where our friends and hosts at Ossett Brewery have kindly helped sponsor the walk by providing the walkers with some refreshments and opportunity to fill up the water bottles in our brief (30 minutes or so) break
PART2: Riverhead Pub, Marsden to Sportsman, Huddersfield – approx. 7 miles / 2 & half to 3 hours
Leave – Riverhead hopefully 1:15pm or so
Route – Weather and condition dependent may be direct on A62 Manchester Road or on Huddersfield Canal or a mix of both.
Finish Part 2 at The Sportsman in town for quick comfort break and refreshments. Brief 15 minute stop off.
PART3: The Sportsman to West Riding LRR – Approx. 9 miles / 3 to 3 & half hours (legs dependents!)
Leave – Sportsman around 4pm
Route – Dependent on conditions under foot but hopefully along the Calder Valley Greenway that goes over Bradley viaduct – Dalton Bank – Colne Bridge – Mirfield – Ravensthorpe – Dewsbury Country Park – Dewsbury
Finishing at West Riding LRR hopefully around 7pm / 7:30pm (fingers crossed)
All timings are approximate and dependent on weather, conditions and weariness or fitness of the walkers.
Sportsman turns 10
Huddersfields favourite award winning pub is turning 10 years old in April and we’re starting to get excited about it. The multi-award winning CAMRA Heritage pub will shortly turn 10 and to celebrate we’re going have some fantastic events and obviously a birthday party so keep your eyes peeled for further announcements.
The biggest event will be the Sportsman and Friends collaboration beer takeover that will be running from 12th April right through for the rest of the month. John and his team members have been across some of our favourite breweries creating beers specifically for The Sportsman that will be top class and only available to us.
Many Thanks to our brewing friends who have helped us with this project – Mallinsons, Summer Wine, Blackjack, Wilde Child, North Riding, Brass Castle, Wishbone & Timothy Taylors and we can’t wait to see the fruits of our labours.
The Cricketers Arms wins Wakefield CAMRA Summer pub of the Season
We are happy to announce that The Cricketers Arms, Horbury, have won Wakefield CAMRA Summer pub of the Season. Well done to Jo and her team for achieving this! Presentation date to be confirmed soon, we hope you’ll join us to celebrate!
Huddersfield Town shirt presentation at Canalside
Great afternoon at Canalside meeting Laurent Depoitre!
The Sportsman have been very proud to be his Huddersfield Town player sponsor this season.
He very kindly signed a couple of shirts for us.
Keep an eye on our social media sites for a chance to win these shirts, all proceeds going to @lauracranetrust
This week sees the introduction of another tax which will have a significant impact in the pub trade, a tax hike that seems to have gone quietly under the radar at present. However I’m sure it will get a bit more coverage in the coming weeks once everyone starts to feel & see the effects.
Since our kids getting fat because they are consuming gallons of sugar filled fizzy drinks Jamie Oliver thought it would be a good idea to get the government to tax them – to some this may seem a logical solution as who wants unhealthy kids. Go past any school in a morning and you will no doubt see kids downing large cans of energy drinks or creamy chocolate milkshakes crammed full of sugar and probably not doing much for the kids health and well-being, hence the sugar tax.
7.6g of fat
40.4g of sugar (10 teaspoons)
Higher Rate Sugar Tax
0g of fat
16g of sugar (4 teaspoons)
No Sugar Tax
Now I aren’t a dietary expert, as people who know we will testify, however if this tax is aimed at child obesity then why does a bottle of tonic water get taxed but not a chocolate milkshake? In my experience it isn’t very often that I see loads of kids in the pub swigging tonic water, just adults who can make their own decisions on buying what they like. So who exactly is the tax targeting because it surely can’t be childhood obesity on this logic?
It can’t be that much though surely I hear you say?
Everything varies and it is dependent on pack size and sugar content as to which band the products fall into, however it ranges 10% to 30% plus VAT cost price increases on the products we sell. Obviously pubs and retailers can’t absorb this cost and will have to pass it on to consumers, however this rise at the bar will mak
w does the sugar tax work?
Drinks are taxed in two bands, there is a high band tax for those drinks that have more than 8g of sugar per 100ml and then a lower band for drinks of 5g to 8mg per 100ml with the rest being exempt. It is only applied to fizzy drinks and not pure fruit juices or milk based drinks (these are healthy?).
So let’s just have a look at two bottles of drink and see how the sugar tax works in practice
e a considerable amount of difference to the selling price of with nobody gaining from it apart from £500m to the treasury in an attempt help make our children healthy.
So next time you go to the bar and your drink of pop or G&T has gone up by 30p or 40p please don’t moan at your friendly bar person, it isn’t their fault. Just give thanks to Jamie Oliver (please do let him know) and sleep easy in the knowledge that little Jonny or Jemma is not going to get fat because they now can’t afford to drink gallons of Elderflower tonic and the government has £500m to spend on getting them healthy.
Fantastic beer and food pairing evening at Idle Beerhouse
A great time was had by all at our Beer and Food Pairing evening last week.
In recognition of International Women’s Day we had Annabel Smith, who was one of the first women to qualify as a UK beer sommelier’, come along to Idle Beerhouse to talk beer! We sampled 6 beers and paired them with different food types. Annabel talked about colours, flavours and style and much much more!
1. Erdinger Weisse Beer with Chicken Satay and sweet chilli sauce
2. Budweiser Budwar with Chorizo
3. Brass Castle Sunshine IPA with Chilli Nachos and Salsa
4. Heartless Chocolate Stout with Stilton
5. Rochefort 10 with Taw Valley Mature Vintage Cheddar
6. Liefman’s Kriek with Chocolate Brownies
Thank you Annabel for such an enjoyable session and thank you to everyone who came along to it.