Friday, 12 April 2013

The Puzzle Hall, Sowerby Bridge

The Puzzle Hall  is tucked away down a lane 200 yards from the A58 which runs through the middle of Sowerby Bridge. The town, which nestles in the Calder valley has lots of good pubs but it is worth making the effort to find the Puzzle as it is a little gem.

 When I first visited, some 30 years ago it was a Wards tied house. Nowadays the pub sells a range of local beers. I started the evening on Stokers from Bridgehouse before things got a little hazy. Absolution from Abbeydale was popular with the younger members of our party but I ended up drinking Spotland Gold from Phoenix which was very morish.
I started with a pint of Stokers...........
The Puzzle is a two roomed pub. We were 14 in our party which half filled the "concert room"
The Puzzle advertises Thai food in the second half of the week. We were feeling peckish but the menu did not look very appetising. How misleading that was! Calamari, spicy fishcakes and corn fritters with hot dips whetted our appetites. I had a green curry for main  which was fabulous. When the chef came out to see if everything was OK our group broke out into spontaneous applause.
The Puzzle also has it's own website where you can find details of forthcoming events. We visited the Puzzle Hall at the end of a week on the Rochdale Canal. I recommend that you take time to seek out and enjoy the delights of this local institution.

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