Just when you thought Heptonstall couldn’t get any more appealing (exceptional architecture, fascinating history, astonishing views and a great pub, the White Lion) the Cross Inn opens its doors after a lengthy refurbishment.

Pub of the Week: Cross Inn, Heptonstall
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I’ve watched the skips fill over the months and they’ve finally thrown their doors open – and what a great job they’ve made of it. The colour scheme is very NOW – but lots of great original features have been kept – and one or two have been discovered.
Built in 1617, this historic Grade II listed pub, originally the Union Cross, is an old coiner’s pub, and during the renovations a handsome stone fireplace has been revealed, along with ancient beams, stone walls and the original Yorkshire flags. The Cross is owned by a small Leeds-based company, Mood Developments.
On the pumps, Vocation Brewery Chop & Change, White House Honey, Crag Vale Bitter and Vanilla Porter. Doncaster-based Hilltop Brewing Company is represented too. Food-wise, the menu is fairly limited at present, though a wider selection is planned. Choose from fish with spinach, cheese.
With live bands, a poker league, a music quiz night on Tuesdays – and currently a photographic exhibition by local artist Christine Law, the Cross is setting out its stall. A couple of comfortable, simple rooms are available upstairs – this is prime walking country.
The Cross Inn, Towngate, Heptonstall, West Yorkshire HX7 7NB. Open Tuesday to Thursday 4 – 12, Friday & Saturday 12 – 1, Sunday 12 – 11.

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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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