Somewhat confusingly, a different pub in Beverley used to be called the Tiger

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Back then, the current Tiger was called the Black Bull, but then the Tiger closed and so the Black Bull took the name. All this happened a very long time ago but some people will still ask you “which Tiger?” should you mention either pub.
Anyway, the (now only-existing) Tiger is a listed mock-Tudor affair on the southern end of Lairgate. Despite being relatively close to the Minster, it has never seemed to attract the many shoppers and visitors that other pubs in the town do. It’s always been squarely a cosy, friendly regulars’ pub.
After a refit a couple of years ago, it has become less cosy and is now aimed squarely at couples and diners. There is a decent-sized restaurant and a large function room, neither of which are apparent from the front view of the pub.
The menu and drinks selection are solidly predictable but what sets the pub apart from ubiquity is the determination of the landlord and staff to make the Tiger work. There is a different event every night (darts, folk, quiz etc) and efforts are made to welcome walkers and dogs.
Some may miss the days when the bar was filled with dust and bantering old men – as you’re now more likely to encounter shoppers enjoying afternoon tea. But better that than another closed pub being sold off and developed into flats.
Lairgate, Beverley, East Yorkshire HU17 8JG. Tel: 01482 869040; www.tigerinnbeverley.co.uk

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Dave Lee is TV producer and film-maker who also writes on food & drink, travel and culture for various publications. He is a regular contributor on BBC Radio 4 and the Yorkshire Post. Worryingly, he believes that the finest food on earth is the pattie butty.

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