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West Riding Refreshment Rooms awarded Heavy Woollen Camra pub of the year 2017

We are very proud to announce that The West Riding Refreshment Rooms has been awarded  Heavy Woollen Pub of the Year 2017. Presentation evening will be held at the pub, Thursday, April 20th 8pm.

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Michael Portillo’s Great British Railway Journeys visits Stalybridge Buffet Bar

Michael Portillo

Great British Railway Journeys is a documentary series in which Michael Portillo travels the length and breadth of the country by train. Taking a copy of George Bradshaw’s Victorian Railway Guidebook, he discovers how the railways changed us and what of Bradshaw’s Britain remains. Episode 7 sees him visit the Buffet bar and sample our famous Black peas, served by the our lovely Nina


Vaporising and E-cigs

Vaporising and E-Cigs are no longer allowed to be smoked inside Beerhouses pubs. We know this may upset some of our customers however we have listened to our customers feedback over the last year and the majority of this has been that they do not like vaporising within the pub. So we have taken the decision to no longer allow Vaporising and E-Cigs inside the pubs. Thank you for your cooperation.

Dedicated Magic Rock Line at the West

We are excited to announce that we now have a dedicated Magic Rock line! One final treat from us to all of you this year; it will rotate between the old faces we all know and love, and the new, exciting beers that haven’t even been thought of yet!



Double Celebration for The Sportsman

It was a very proud afternoon for Beerhouses family on Saturday. The Sportsman had a double awards ceremony where they received their certificate for being a Runner up in Yorkshire Pub of the year competition, and their award for being upgraded to Camra’s National Inventory of Historic Pun Interiors. John Fletcher, Manager of The Sportsman, Mike Field, Director of Beerhouses received the awards from Camra’s Deputy Regional Director Peter Goddard. Thank you to everyone who helped celebrate and obviously to staff for their hard work and customers for your continued support.


The Sportsman has been upgraded to National Inventory of Historic Pub Interiors

The Sportsman has been upgraded from the Regional Inventories of Historic Pub Interiors to the National Inventory.

The Regional Inventory list interiors which still have significant historic or architectural value despite the alterations to them. The national inventory lists those interiors which CAMRA regard as being in the ‘first division’ when it comes to pub preservation priorities. Work on the Inventory, which currently comprises 280 pubs, started in 1991. Entries fall into three categories:

  • pubs whose interiors have remained wholly or largely intact since before 1945 or, in some exceptional cases, before 1970.
  • interiors which, though altered to an extent, retain exceptional rooms or features which are of national historic importance.
  • outstanding pub-type rooms in establishments like hotels or station buffets.



This is a prestigious award and we are very honoured to receive it. It will be a double celebration on 12th November as we will be presented with our certificate for being runners up in Yorkshire Pub of the year and our National Inventory award, join us at 2pm.

Thank you

We had such a fantastic evening last night! It’s brilliant when hard work pays off. Thank you to Wakefield CAMRA for the award. Thank you to our small but excellent team of staff. Last but not least, thank you to our wonderful loyal regulars! You make The Cricketers what it is. Shout out to Debbie and Steve for getting a surprise cake made for us. We have the best customers!  Thanks again Jim

cake_n Regulars, Debbie and Steve, pictured with the cake they kindly surprised Jim and the team with!

The Sportsman awarded Runner-up in CAMRA’s Yorkshire Pub of the Year 2016 Competition

The Sportsman is awarded Runner-up in CAMRA’S Yorkshire Pub of the Year 2016 Competition

CAMRA’s Yorkshire Regional Director, Kevin Keaveny, said “The results of this year’s competition highlight the success that can be achieved by an enthusiastic community company and a small well-managed pub group.”

The eighteen nominations for this year’s prestigious title were visited by individual members of a judging panel over a four month period. Each nomination was scored against strict criteria that included an emphasis on the Quality and Choice of Real Ale, Style/Decor, and Service and Value.

The licensee of The Sportsman will be presented with a framed certificate at 2.00 pm on Saturday 12th November by Peter Goddard, CAMRA’s Deputy Regional Director.

Please join us to help celebrate