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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

Beerhouses lands a Hat-Trick in West Riding 25th Year

We are over the moon to announce that the West Riding Refreshment Rooms has been voted the Heavy Woollen district CAMRA pub of the year in what is its 25th birthday year. This follows on the heels of The Cricketers & Stalybridge Buffet Bar both winning their respective POTY giving Beerhouses a Hat-Trick of Pub of The Year wins.

Congratulations go to Carole and her dedicated team of beer professionals for once again keeping and providing the very best of Cask Ale to the delight of the people of Dewsbury and the surrounding area.

Many thanks for the long time support of our local CAMRA branches and we hope you can join us for the presentation on Tuesday 26th March.

Stalybridge Buffet Bar scoops Tameside CAMRA Pub of the Year

We are delighted to announce that the world famous Stalybridge Buffet Bar has won the Tameside CAMRA pub of the year once again.

Well done to Caz and her team for the continued pursuit of providing excellent cask beer to the lucky customers of the Buffet Bar and thank you to the local CAMRA branch who supported and voted for us. There will be a presentation later in the year so keep you eyes peeled for the date.

Following the Cricketers success being Wakefield Pub of The Year, that’s two Beerhouses pubs now 2019 POTY.

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 pub of the year.

We are delighted to announce that The Cricketers Arms have won Wakefield CAMRA pub of the year 2018. This follows their CAMRA pub of the season win last summer.

Well done to Jo and the team for a great year, and thank you to Wakefield CAMRA for their continued support.

Presentation date to be announced soon, we hope to see you there to help us celebrate!

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