Dave Lee checks out LJ's in Beverley

Pub of the Week: LJs, Beverley
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In the week it was announced that (finally) more pubs are currently opening than closing, I found one that may offer some reason for that welcome trend reversal.
LJ’s has many of the trappings of a micropub – it’s small, it’s repurposed (from a shop) and it’s independently owned. There, though, the similarities end. While there are a couple or three hand-pulled ales and intriguing crisp choices (the only food option), it feels more like an old-fashioned social club or works pub. The furniture is utilitarian, the drink choice is relatively wide but unimaginative and when there isn’t sport on the TV, there is chart music playing. It’s more like a little pub or unpretentious bar.
It’s a sign of the way things have been going over the past half-decade or so, at least in the East Riding. As communities change, breweries close pubs that are either old or unprofitable. It’s often up to locals to start up their own operations to replace them.
LJ’s is located in the middle of a housing estate which, until fairly recently, had two big brewery pubs within walking distance. One is now a supermarket and the other was demolished and an old folks home built in its stead. LJ’s seems to have popped up to allow the community somewhere to meet and drink. It’s a very good thing and seems very popular. Those who like to discover little, independent pubs tucked away in unexpected corners, however, may find it not quite to their taste, even if it is very much appreciated by the local community.
LJ’s, Unit 2, Lincoln Way, Beverley, HU17 8RH.

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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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