Category: The West Riding Refreshment Rooms

First Battle of the Bands on Platform 3

By now you’re all aware of ‘Platform 3’ at the West Riding – our outside stage where we host live music, DJs and open mics all summer, every summer.

Year to year Platform 3 continues to grow and expand it’s scope, and we are very proud to have become part of a thriving live music scene in Dewsbury and beyond.

But to stay relevant we need to keep an eye on who’s coming up, that’s why we are hosting our first Battle of the Bands this year. We want to find the best of our local talent and give them a platform (3). The winning band will receive £500 in Beerhouses tokens and will be given a paid gig on Platform 3. You will also become part of our network of musicians, meaning opportunities to play at any of our 6 pubs in the future.

A backline (including drum kit) and sound man will be provided, you will just need your instruments and breakables.

E-mail with the subject header ‘WestBOB’ for more info or to get an application form.

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




West25 Charity Challenge – Three Peaks

The West25 Charity Challenge kicks off this Friday with The Three Peaks challenge. The group warmed up by doing two peaks on Good Friday and now feel ready to tackle the full Three Peaks this Friday.

This is part of the West Ridings challenge to raise £10000 for our fantastic charities – Candlelighters, Kirkwood Hospice & Ben’s Music Foundation in their 25th year.


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.

Fundraising Page for West25 Charity Challenge

After 2 months of the West Riding 25th Birthday year charity challenge we are happy to announce that we have now got a Virgin Money page where you can donate to our charities or support or charities. So far the Dead Hard book sale and 10p a pint from Line Four has enabled us to raise over £1100 but we want to raise more.


Please donate here:

Many Thanks

Team West Riding – Raising money for local charities

All hands on the pump for Beerhouses’ 25th Anniversary celebrations.

To celebrate 25 years since founder Mike Field served the very first pint at the West Riding Refreshment Rooms, the team at Beerhouses has launched a very special year of events – with all the proceeds going to local charities.

It all started with an idea to turn a set of dilapidated, unloved waiting rooms at Dewsbury train station into something that commuters and the local community could use and enjoy. 25 years on, the group behind the West Riding Refreshment Rooms can boast a chain of six award winning pubs, which also includes The Old Turk in Dewsbury and The Sportsman Inn in Huddersfield.

To celebrate its silver anniversary, Beerhouses will host a series of special fundraising events across the year, with all the proceeds being split between Kirkwood Hospice, Candlelighters and Ben’s Music Foundation.

Beerhouses’ Sarah Barnes and founder Mike Field receive a special presentation.

The team at West Riding Refreshment Rooms kicked off their year of fundraising in January with an all day celebration. Staff handed out free food to patrons, offered 25% discount on drinks and sold Black Sheep at 1994 prices throughout the day.

They have commissioned Elland Brewery to create an exclusive beer, Line Four, to celebrate the landmark year, with 10p from every pint sold going to the chosen charities, as well as creating their own gin with Jacqsons of Huddersfield from which 25p a drink will also be donated.

Barry Shaw, Operations Manager for Beerhouses, is proud to be celebrating 25 years. He says that both customers and the team wanted to support local causes throughout the year.

“We are delighted to be celebrating this landmark year. We employ nearly 90 people across the different pubs and most of them live locally so we are a real part of our communities. We also have a great relationship with lots of local suppliers, who we have worked closely with for many years. So we think that it should be the same for the charities we support too!

Kirkwood Hospice, Candlelighters & Ben’s Music Foundation are local to our pubs and lots of people who come in are touched by cancer and other life limiting illnesses. We want to make sure we keep the money we raise local.”

The Beerhouses team at their 25th Anniversary celebration event.

Beerhouses first venture was The West Riding Refreshment Rooms, located at the entrance to the Dewsbury Train Station. The idea of Dewsbury born founder Mike Field, the pub was transformed from a series of unloved and abandoned waiting rooms and opened to the general public in 1994.

By 2006 its growing reputation as the venue to enjoy a well-kept pint of real ale was rewarded with second place in the CAMRA National Pub of the Year awards. During its 25 years trading, it has won many awards for its beer as well as featuring in the Good Beer Guide every year.

According to Barry Shaw, the secret to Beerhouses success has been its willingness to adapt and change.

“As well as real ales and craft beers, we now sell lots of different gins, which we try to source locally. We like to support local independent and artisan producers wherever we can. There are some amazing local brewers and distillers doing great things.

“You’ve got to try new things and adapt to what people want, whilst making sure that you continue to focus on maintaining the quality of beer that people expect.”

A special plaque to celebrate 25 years of trading at the West Riding Refreshment Rooms.

As well as special events in a number of the group’s pubs throughout the year, the team will be taking on a series of challenges to raise funds for its chosen charities. And they have even published a book.

“We’ve got lots of ideas we’re currently working on.” said Barry. “We’re currently planning a walk from Stalybridge Buffet Bar to Dewsbury in early May. We’re also going to take on the Three Peaks Challenge and cycle from Liverpool back to Dewsbury along the Leeds Liverpool canal to help boost our fundraising efforts.

“We’d be delighted to hear from any of our customers or the general public if they have their own fundraising ideas to support our charities. Why not pop in to one of our pubs and speak to the team!”

“Special thanks goes to Christine Wood, who has written and published a gripping short story called ‘Dead Hard’ to help raise money. It’s set here at the West Riding Refreshments Rooms and it’s already become a best seller at the bar!”

New winter menu launched at The West Riding.

Come down to The West Riding and sample some of the new warming delights from our kitchen.

From comforting classics:


Brisket Hash                                                               Beer-battered Fish & Chips   

To our famous stonebaked pizzas:


BBQ Brisket Pizza                                                 Sunny Pizza

And great veggie and vegan options:


Falafel & Tzatziki Salad                                        Spiced Winter Stew

Check out the full menu here.

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!


Stalybridge Buffet Bar short listed for Pub/Beer Bar of the Year at Prestigious Manchester Food and Drink awards

The Manchester Food and Drink Festival has revealed the shortlists for the prestigious Manchester Food and Drink Award and we’ve been shortlisted for Pub/Beer Bar of the Year – Recognising the finest pubs in the region, focusing on quality and range of ales/beers and atmosphere. Voting is open now just click on the link