March 17th 2022 will see the opening of our 7th pub – The County Beerhouse in Huddersfield. We are very excited to open our 2nd pub in Huddersfield with a great historical pub like The County. Situated opposite Huddersfield Town Hall The County will provide, as you’d expect, a great range of cask ale, craft beer, independent lager and high quality wines & spirits. Food & Coffee will also appear soon as will an exciting events & entertainment calendar.
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.