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 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.


Tuesday 14th July: 4pm – 10pm

Wednesday 15th July: 4pm – 10pm

Thursday 16th July: 4pm – 10pm

Friday 17th July: 12pm – 11pm (last admittance 10pm)

Saturday 18th July: 12noon – 11pm (last admittance 10pm)

Sunday 19th July: 12noon – 9pm

Monday 20th July onwards TBC


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