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.
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
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.
It is with a heavy heart & great sadness that Beerhouses has had to make the decision to not open the pubs until the hospitality industry is allowed to open restriction free as opposed to the rules for Tier 2 or Tier 3. Therefore, irrespective of the Tier announcement this week we will not be opening again this year.
After much consideration of the restrictions, the figures and the way the government are handling this pandemic we feel we have no other choice. The way pubs work and for the health & wellbeing of our team we cannot be on tenterhooks every fortnight waiting to see what Tier we are going into and opening and closing at short notice.
Pubs don’t work like that and Real ale definitely doesn’t work like that!
We have investigated the ‘substantial / plated table meal’ way to be open and have found that this is not viable, it would only jeopardise our business further as well as creating unnecessary food waste.
We therefore have decided our only option is to cut our losses & stay closed until the restrictions are lifted and we can trade normally as pubs, we hope that you understand the reasons behind this very hard decision.
We want to apologise to our local breweries, suppliers & contractors, taxi firms, musicians, charities and other associated businesses that we will not be able to support through the next few months but we feel we will have a better chance of survival if we do this.
We would also like to thank our dedicated team of staff who have worked tirelessly throughout the summer, conforming to all the added guidelines and all extra work that was put upon them to keep everyone safe – they did a fantastic job in very demanding circumstances and lastly…
A massive thank you to all our loyal customers who have supported us over the years and throughout the nightmare of 2020, we truly hope you understand the decision we have had to make.
We wish you all a very merry Christmas and (fingers crossed) a very Happy New Year!
Please continue to support local pubs and breweries where you can and we hope to see you soon.
Just a quick update. All the pubs remain closed due to the government lockdown which is due to end on 2nd December. We are monitoring the situation carefully and will look to open as soon is allowed wherever possible, probably with a reduced beer offering until brewers are back brewing a variety of beers and confidence returns. Please keep an eye on our social medias for more up to date information.
The West Riding was celebrating again in August as Heavy Woollen CAMRA voted it Pub of the Year once again, following up last years win. It is just reward for the hard work that Carole, Lucy (cellar manager) and the team of super skilled staff put into picking, conditioning and serving the best there is to offer in UK cask ale. There is always great beer on at The West and as our reputation has been for 26 years throughout we’ve won quite a few awards for our beer. There will be a presentation night when this is allowed and we hope to see you there where a great pint will be guaranteed.
The West Riding is delighted and excited to say that we will be opening on Tuesday 14th July at 4pm.
Carole and 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 for both staff & customers, without compromising our traditional pub atmosphere.
For our opening week, Tuesday 14th to Sunday 19th July, we will be advising you to make bookings wherever possible. 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. Bookings are not essential however due to reduced capacity inside the pub they are advisable.
After the first week, again bookings are not a requirement 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 and there will be no seating or standing at the bar. That means once we are at capacity we will have to turn customers away therefore book a table to avoid disappointment.
To book a table email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01924 459193. If you message us on social media please do not assume that means a booking is made until we get back to you to confirm.
You’re sure to have lots of questions. We’ve done our best to answer them below:
What precautions are you taking to keep people safe?
We have been working hard to make The West Riding is 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 West. 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 West 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?
No, you do not need to book however it is strongly recommended. Since capacity is limited
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 inside the pub.
You can also book a table in our beer garden which has been extended both out the front and onto the stage for between 1 and 6 people. Note: Some of 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. 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, there are designated areas outside for smokers coming from indoors.
What about payment?
We encourage customers to order and pay on our new app when available or use contactless payments. We will continue to accept cash but wherever possible please pay via contactless.
What about the quiz and other events?
Our Monday night quiz we hope will return at the usual time on Monday 27th 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 West. 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 about Dogs?
We are a very dog friendly pub. There is no change to the policy that all dogs are welcome that are well behaved, on a lead and not on the furniture. However you must also ensure your dogs do not block the taped walkways so as people can safe distance.
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.
We are excited to announce that The Old Turk will open to the public today (10th July) at 5pm and will be open to the general public both Friday 10th July & Saturday 11th July from 5pm.
Booking is not required but we will have limited capacity due to the COVID-19 guidelines. Our maximum capacity is 32 seated inside and when at that capacity we are sorry but nobody else will be allowed inside the pub. We have extra seating outside but this is obviously open to the elements. All COVID-19 guidelines must be adhered to as signposted within the pub.
Hopefully not too much has changed other than you must remain seated in the pub and there is to be no sitting or standing at the bar. There will be table service provided.
Then from week commencing 20th July we are offering the pub as private hire, available at any licensed time for your group for free*. We can safely cater for groups up to 30 people**
*Terms & Conditions apply – there is a minimum spend for free hire
**All COVID-19 guidelines must be followed and fully adhered to