Dave Lee takes a trip to the Pumphouse, Driffield

Pub of the Week: Pumphouse, Driffield
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If you tried to think of the least propitious possible entrance to a pub, then up some scaffolding steps in a unit round the back of a business park on the outskirts of Driffield would be hard to beat. Inside, though, is the charming taphouse of the Pumphouse Brewing Company.
Opened last summer, the brewery surrounds the pub, so you feel you’re right in the middle of the process and there is every possibility that the beers are tapped directly from the tanks before they even reach a barrel.
It’s the definition of bare bones – a small mezzanine constructed from scaffolding, with scaffolding tables and metal chairs and bar – but surprisingly cosy and welcoming.
On offer are the eight beers the brewery creates, a couple of guest ales, some intriguing bottles in the fridge and the obligatory gin shelf, with all gins from Yorkshire. Grub comes courtesy of a different street food vendor every week. A cunning move, this, as you’re no sooner sat down with a pint than the irresistible waft of Thai or Turkish or Hungarian food hits your nostrils.
Pumphouse only opens every Friday and Saturday and occasional Sundays, but it seems to be becoming a popular destination. They have musicians on sometimes and extend the pub into the brewery warehouse when there’s a bigger event on. It’s all wonderfully cobbled together and feels like you’re in on something of a secret. So don’t be put off by the setting, keep going round the units until you smell the food and hear the laughter.

Pumphouse Brewing Company Limited, Unit 10 D, Twydale Business Park, Skerne Road,Driffield, YO25 6JX

Tel: 07811 180195.
Twitter: @PumphouseBrewCo

About The Author

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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