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DRINKING IN WAKEFIELD (for the over-18’s)

You’ve no doubt heard of Wakefield ’s famous Westgate Run. If you have time to spend in the City and you actually enjoy the taste of real beer in unhurried surroundings, we’ve put together a more congenial amble taking in most of the City’s best pubs which share your philosophy on decent ale. If you look at the map, it’s virtually a circuit, so start where you like—you probably won’t get all the way round in one session as it’s too good to rush! So Good Luck and Good Drinking!

From Light Waves cross Marsh Way and turn left skirting the Bus Station. Take the 1st left after the shops into Westmoreland Street and continue to the bottom of the hill where you turn left into Vicarage Street . The Red Shed [ Wakefield Labour Club] (4 handpulls) is 200 yards on your right. Turn left on leaving the Shed, follow the road round to the right & turn left into Kirkgate, the Six Chimneys (Wetherspoons ) is 100 yards on your left. Turn left from the Six Chimneys and 200 yards down the road is the Harewood Arms (Tetley Bitter & Taylor’s Landlord plus 2 guests). On leaving cross the road and continue down Kirkgate to the roundabout, Fernandes Brewery Tap (10 handpulls), is in Avison Yard on your right just after the Indian Takeaway. From Fernandes turn right to Kirkgate, then left to the traffic lights at the end of George Street , where you turn left. Cross over the road and after about 400 yards go straight on at the at the lights. Bull & Fairhouse (ex-O’Donoghues) (6 Handpulls) now a Great Heck Brewery tied house is next to the Graziers after the road junction. Turn left on leaving the B & F and left onto Market Street to the top of the hill. Left onto Westgate and after about 200 yards turn left, Brown-signed for the Bank House Hotel, The Hop (8 handpulls) is immediately after this. On leaving go through the gate opposite and across the car park, cross the road and you will find Harry’s Bar (8 handpulls) at the back of the car park. After Harry’s Bar turn left & walk through the arch in front of you & turn left down Westgate. Cross over the road, under the railway bridge and Clark ’s Brewery Tap Henry Boon’s (5 handpulls) is on your right. If you’re going to stick to the trail turn right on leaving Henry Boons & proceed down Westgate. The Redoubt (Tetley Dark Mild & Bitter, Taylor ’s Landlord), the furthest point for the intrepid drinkers among you is not far after the church on the Huddersfield road. On leaving the Redoubt, look in at the White Hart on Westgate End.  Continue to the top of Westgate and veer left of the distinctive curved end of the former Yorkshire Bank into Silver St and then first left up King Street for about 200 yards to the Inns of Court. On leaving the pub go back down King Street and turn left, then left again just before Barclays Bank into George & Crown Yard where you will find Elliotts Bar at No. 22 (open evenings only). This is a Belgian-style bar with a range of bottled & draught Belgian beers! Retrace your steps back down the alley and turn left, at the Wood Street lights cross Westgate to the Black Rock (Tetley Bitter &  Guest Beers). Back across Westgate and turn right to the Bull Ring and left into Northgate, continue to the roundabout and across the road you will see the last pub on the trail which is the College, from here turn right and it is a short walk back to Light Waves. We hope you have enjoyed the Festival and find this Ale Trail useful. There are other good pubs in Wakefield but space precludes their inclusion. You can, of course, do the Trail in reverse or even just visit the pubs of your choice.

1 Light Waves
2 Red Shed
3 Six Chimneys
4 Harewood Arms
5 Fernandes Brewery Tap
5a Bull & Fairhouse
6 Harry's Bar
7 Henry Boons
8 Redoubt
8a Bar Street
8b White Hart
9 Elephant & Castle
9a The Hop
10 Inns of Court
11 Elliott's
12 Black Rock
13 College