‘Quaff. Nibble. Unwind’ is the legend etched into the window at this tiny micropub just off the main drag in Saltaire.

Pub of the Week: Cap and Collar, Saltaire
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How anyone knows it’s there is unclear – I followed the Arts Trail map (they sponsored an exhibition in the village) and found it up a side street. In the end I should just have followed the sound of fiddle and guitar, as a bunch of folk types were jamming in the corner.
It’s tiny, seating around 35 people plus a yard at the back for another dozen folk. It’s had previous lives, most recently as a sweet shop. Owner Phil Garvey has done it out nicely, with bookcase wallpaper at one end of the open-plan room, pretend red brick at the other. In-between, a concrete floor and simple metal tables and chairs.
Local brews feature; four handpulls might include Saltaire Brewery’s Citra Pale Ale, Wishbone Blonde and Collarbone and from further afield, Kent’s Cavedweller. Another two are available (including Punk IPA) from kegs which are visible behind glass at the back of the bar and there’s an impressive selection of bottles and cans from around the world; I like the sound of Delirium Tremens from Belgium and Little Fluffy Clouds by Wylam in Northumberland.
Cawston Press, Fentimans and Fever Tree provide the soft drinks and there are a token half a dozen wines. Locally made pork pies are on offer. From time to time Phil runs a cheese-tasting night.
Cap and Collar, 4 Queens Road, Saltaire BD18 4SJ. Closed Monday. Open Tuesday-Thursday, 5-10pm; Friday, 4-11pm; Saturday, 1-11pm; Sunday 1-6pm.

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Mandy Wragg is a freelance food journalist, writing and inspecting for the Yorkshire Post, Alastair Sawday, the Morning Advertiser, the AA, Cool Places and David Hancock's Inn Places. She co-writes www.squidbeak.co.uk, an independent guide to eating, drinking and staying in Yorkshire.

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