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Mike Field

It is with immense sadness that we inform you of the passing of our founder and inspiration – Mike Field who died in the very early hours of this morning, peacefully at home with his family by his side.

Mike, who started our company in 1994 with the opening of the West Riding, was responsible for creating a culture and passion for real ale in his home town and beyond which would in turn put Dewsbury on the Real Ale map. He played a major role in the early days of Heavy Woollen CAMRA and leaves a legacy that we will continue to build on. A great man, he will be sorely missed by all those who knew him.

We would love for you to all to join the Beerhouses family in celebrating his amazing achievements and contribution to the real ale world by raising a glass of his favourite tipple, a real ale and “none of this lager nonsense” as he would say.

Our thoughts are with Mike’s wife Mary, step-daughter Sarah and his wider family and friends at this terribly sad time.

Beerhouses launches ChaRATy beer

As everyone knows, pubs are a vital way to help charities raise the much needed money that they need to keep going. They have been hit very hard in the pandemic, especially with funding streams drying up whilst demand for their services increase. That’s why we have teamed up with Northorpe Hall Child & Family Trust to become the Beerhouses Pubs charity partner. They are a local (to our home of Dewsbury) independent charity that offer vital support to children, young people & families in conjunction with the NHS. They provide mental health support for people aged 0 to 18, wellbeing help, self-help resources, workshops as well as supporting mental health in schools.

Our first group activity is brewing a Beerhouses brewing collaboration and donate money from each pint sold. We went to the Rat Brewery in Huddersfield and brewed a New World Pale hopped with Nelson Sauvin, Simcoe, Amarillo & Ekuanot that comes in at 4.5%. This beer, called ChaRATy, will be available across our pubs (and the Rat & Ratchet in Huddersfield) from 21st July with 20p per pint sold donated to the charity. Many thanks to the team at Ossett Brewery for enabling us to brew this beer and helping us by matching our charity donation.

More information on Northorpe Hall Child & Family trust can be found on their website

Roadmap 2021 Plans

Following on from the latest government roadmap announcements we are making plans to open in a safe and positive way as soon as is genuinely possible to do so.

Once there is clear information from government regards the legislation, requirements and information from the budget we will then be in a position to decide on a way forward after which we will confirm our plans for you.

We are considering and investigating all options open to us at the moment for safe step 2 and step 3 trading options. To keep up to date please follow our socials or to hear it first direct to your inbox then please sign up to our newsletter on the homepage.

Cheers Beerhouses

Sportsman – Reopening News

We are very pleased to announce that The Sportsman will re-open at 4pm on Thursday 9th July.

The team are delighted to be coming out of our enforced hibernation and we are looking forward to welcoming our lovely customers back.

We have been working hard to ensure that you can come and enjoy a pint with us in a way that is safe, without compromising our traditional pub atmosphere.

For the first weekend, Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th July, we will be open on a bookings-only basis. This will ensure we can manage the flow of customers, make any necessary tweaks to procedures and allow the staff to get back up to speed.

We will be closed on Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th July and will then reopen fully from 4pm on Wednesday 15th July.

From that date, bookings are not required but are strongly advised. To ensure safe distancing between tables we have had to reduce our capacity and all customers will be required to have a seat. That means once we are at capacity we will have to turn customers away. Book a table to avoid disappointment.

To book a table email sportsman@beerhouses.co.uk or call us on 07766131123.

You’re sure to have lots of questions. We’ve done our best to answer them below:

FAQs

What precautions are you taking to keep people safe?

We have been working hard to make The Sportsman as safe as possible and have put many new procedures in place.

The key new policy is that we have reduced our capacity and all customers must have a seat whilst they are at The Sportsman. This will ensure we can easily control the numbers of people in the building. Groups will be at least 1m+ apart, more where feasible. Separate doors to enter and exit the pub will ensure smooth flow of customers and table service will stop the need for customers to congregate around the bar.

By the entrance and exit, and by the Ladies and Gents, there are hand sanitiser facilities for customers to use.

Cleaning is of course a top priority and staff have been fully trained to ensure the pub is always clean and safe.

Finally, we will ask at least one member of each group to provide contact details for NHS Test and Trace.

 

What will the pub experience be like?

In many ways The Sportsman will be just the same. The same great drinks in the same lovely old traditional pub. The buzz of conversation over a pint of cask beer, that we’ve all missed so much during lockdown, will be just the same.

The two most notable changes will be that all customers will have a seat and you will order drinks from your table rather than going to the bar.

 

Do I need to book?

For our soft opening, Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th July, you do need to book.

From Wednesday 15th July bookings are not required. However, we strongly recommend booking if you can. All customers are required to have a seat so if we have none available we will have to turn customers away. Best to book and avoid disappointment!

 

What tables are available?

We have tables available for between 1 and 6 guests. For groups between 7 and 18 people we have two side rooms that can be booked for your exclusive use if adhering to safe distancing guidelines.

You can also book a table in our beer garden for between 1 and 6 people. Note: these tables are not undercover so you will be exposed to the elements.

 

What about the toilets?

Both the Ladies and Gents toilets will operate on a one-in-one-out system with well defined safe distanced queuing. Staff will clean the toilets at 20-minute intervals.

 

Can I smoke?

If you book a table in the beer garden you can smoke to your heart’s content (and your lungs dismay). Smokers who are seated inside will not be able to go into the beer garden to smoke as this risks infringing on our safe distancing measures. Instead they will be able to smoke outside on Fitzwilliam Street. Unfortunately you will not be able to take drinks with you outside.

 

What about payment?

We encourage customers to order and pay on our new app or use contactless payments. We will continue to accept cash.

 

Will you be serving food?

Initially we will not be serving food. Once we get a clear indication that the demand is there, we will again start serving up our amazing pies. If you would like us to serve food let us know; we are always trying to gauge demand.

 

What about the quiz and other events?

Our Sunday night quiz will return at 7pm on Sunday 19th July. Once we are up and running more events will follow.

 

Test and Trace?

The Government has asked us to collect contact details for NHS Test and Trace. As such we will ask for the contact details of at least one member of each group coming to The Sportsman. Whilst we will ask every group this is not mandatory and if you do not wish to leave contact details you do not have to. All your information will be held securely as per our GDPR policy and will not be used for any other purpose without your consent. Please refer to our ‘Privacy Notice’ on our website for more details.

 

 

What are the opening hours?

The current situation is very fluid and we will have to adapt and change over the coming weeks and months. Our initial opening hours are given below but this is likely to change as we get a better picture of what the situation will be.

 

Thursday 9th July: 4pm – 11pm

Friday 10th July: 12noon – 11pm

Saturday 11th July: 12noon – 11pm

Sunday 12th July: 12noon – 10pm

Monday 13th July: Closed

Tuesday 14th July: Closed

Wednesday 15th July: 4pm – 11pm

Thursday 16th July: 4pm – 11pm

Friday 17th July: 12noon – 11pm

Saturday 18th July: 12noon – 11pm

Sunday 19th July: 12noon – 10pm

Monday 20th July onwards TBC

COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) UPDATE

BEERHOUSES STATEMENT RE: COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS)

Here at Beerhouses we take the health & safety of our staff and customers very seriously. Whilst it is currently business as usual we are taking on board all government advice and monitoring the ever-changing situation closely. Just to let you know some of what we are doing.

  • We have increased the number of times we clean all areas and will continue to clean all surfaces, doors, rails, chairs and public areas as often as is possible.
  • All our staff will continue to wash their hands at regular intervals using sanitiser and following the handwashing guidelines. We always do this but as per advice we will do it more often.
  • We have re-enforced to our staff our regular policies to ensure transfer risk is reduced – such as we always operate clean glass policy and our staff will never touch the top third of the glasses.
  • We are ensuring enough soap / sanitiser is available for customers & staff so that proper and thorough handwashing can take place.
  • All our staff members have been instructed on the government guidelines & advice and that they should follow this in both regards minimising risk & how to act should symptoms occur.
  • We will continue to monitor & follow any government, NHS or Public Health England advice & guidelines.

We feel pubs are vital to the communities and can provide both relief and a vital service in times such as this so please continue to support local pubs & business wherever you can. However also please be mindful to others and please ensure you are doing all you can. You could also help reduce the risks to other customers and staff by doing the following where possible:

  • Washing hands regularly as per the advice, wash for more than 20 seconds more often with soap and hot water.
  • Bring back your own glasses to the bar so as to minimise the number of people that may touch them.
  • Consider using contactless payment where possible as this also reduces physical interactions.
  • Please take with you and dispose of any rubbish that you may create such as tissues
  • And finally please continue to support pubs, independent business whilst remaining safe and respectful to others.

Your business, co-operation & understanding is very much appreciated during these very difficult times.

Many Thanks

Team Beerhouses

 

 

 

The Sportsman gets Grade II listed status.

 

As of the 11th of July, our Huddersfield pub The Sportsman has been given Grade II listed status by the Department for Digital Culture, Media and Sport on the advice of Historic England.

Built in 1930, The Sportsman is an example of an ‘improved pub’. Improved pubs were designed as a response to government concerns about public drunkenness, consisting of multiple rooms, and offering a range of food and leisure activity to reduce the emphasis on alcohol consumption.

The Sportsman retains many of it’s original 1930s features, and has also integrated some 1950s features such as it’s distinctive curved Art Deco bar.

Read more about the fascinating architectural and historical reasons for its listing here.

Sportsman Sponsor Huddersfield Town footballer

In a much more understated way than a certain bookmaker announces it sponsorship deals we are happy to announce that this year the Sportsman will be sponsoring HTAFC promising young star Matty Daly. An England junior international, Matty made his premier league debut earlier this year and has since become a regular in the First Team squad.

Hopefully this is the start of a great season that will see Town challenging for promotion once again and we hope to be tweeting many a goal celebrations for @MattyDaly10 in this coming season.

 

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

 

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.

#West25 #CharityChallenge

 

 

 

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.