Sunday, 23 December 2012

The Bull at Broughton near Skipton

For a pub to be successful today, especially when it is close to the Yorkshire Dales, it has to have a formula which draws in the customers. The Bull at Broughton on the A59 just west of Skipton has gone for the full bag of mashings: Good beer, great food and friendly service....



 
When you walk into the Bull the first thing that strikes you is how light it is. The second is that it is deceptively spacious. It has been tastefully renovated whilst retaining the stone flags and wooden floors. Needless to say my eyes wandered over to the bar...
 
 
Draught beers available were local brews  Copper Dragon, Hetton Pale and  Joshua Jane plus Thwaites Wainwright (acknowledging the pub's proximity to the Lancashire border), I am partial to the Dark Horse brewery products so Hetton Pale  was my choice......
 
 
As it was Sunday lunchtime it seemed only polite to have something to eat. When it comes to food the pub's parent company, Ribble Valley Inns, are quite particular. Much of the produce is sourced from their "food heroes". There are pictures of these suppliers on the walls which, for me, makes it more well -personal. The food is pub fayre but wow, it is good. I had fish and chips, cooked the old fashioned way - in dripping. The batter was crisp and the enclosed fish was delicious - I have not tasted better fish and chips since I was in Hull market in 1967!
 

 
There was a lovely atmosphere in the Bull as a local choir, the Silsden Singers, were performing Christmas songs for the benefit of customers and staff alike.
 
 
Did I mention the staff? Brilliant! Most of the waiting staff were very young but they clearly enjoy working at the Bull as they were all that you could want - polite, efficient and friendly.
 
 
The Bull is part of the Ribble Valley Inns group and it is clear that  the philosophy of serving  good local produce, be it food or drink, is working. We recommend this pub for both. Call in if you are passing. You will not be disappointed.