Amanda Wragg pays a visit to The Millers Bar, Brighouse

Pub of the Week: The Millers Bar
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The first thing you see rounding the corner isn’t this rather handsome old stone built pub, but ROKT, a 20 storey climbing wall fashioned out of an old grain store which looms behind it. At 118 feet, it’s the highest outdoor wall in the country and a completely incongruous sight, and not to be tackled after a pint of Landlord.
Formerly The Black Swan, this award-winning pub reopened at the end of 2014 after an extensive refurbishment. Step inside to slate floors, wood-burning stoves – and a really warm welcome.
Permanently on the pumps there’s Tim Taylor Landlord and Stod Fold Blonde, and five guest beers. Owner Euan Noble distils his own gin and vodka, ‘‘Phure’’, adding to an already epic gin list, as is the way these days. There’s also a handful of decent wines.
You’d be right if you were expecting bar food, but it’s a bit more than that – there’s a really broad menu that includes the likes of a pulled pork baguette, beef chilli nachos, steak & ale pie and lamb hot pot. My halloumi and charred peppers baguette was a huge plate of food and a steal at £7. There’s a rather smart, formal restaurant upstairs (47 Grains) with a good looking menu, if you fancy making a night of it.
Head down on Mondays for steak night, or Tuesday for burgers. There’s a monthly quiz and regular live music nights through the summer. But my tip is to make for the fabulous beer garden by the canal – it’s a really attractive, big space and a world away from the bustle of Brighouse.
The Millers Bar, 47 Briggate, Brighouse, HD6 1EB T: 01484 968144

About The Author

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, an independent guide to eating, drinking and staying in Yorkshire.

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