THE GUNDOG, HAL­I­FAX

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Up un­til a cou­ple of years ago you would have no cause to drop into this Grade II listed town cen­tre pub un­less you were a biker or a met­al­head. Or both. To­day it’s a dif­fer­ent story: if you’re into orig­i­nal fea­tures, cask ale and North­ern Soul, make a bee­line. It’s a grand, im­pos­ing place, re­mod­elled in 1904 by lo­cal ar­chi­tect WHD Hors­fall and now the only pub in Hal­i­fax with a rea­son­ably in­tact Ed­war­dian in­te­rior.

Stone carver-turned­land­lord Garry Richard­son bought the build­ing in 2014, rolled his sleeves up and got go­ing, un­cov­er­ing the tiles, tak­ing down the black cur­tains and paint­ing over the graf­fiti.

Four rooms lead off the Ter­razzo floor-tiled cen­tral lobby and all have fan­tas­ti­cally or­nate ceil­ings and some oak pan­elling, and the two street-fac­ing rooms have fab­u­lous leaded win­dows de­pict­ing hunt­ing scenes, and in one hangs a rather glam­orous chan­de­lier!

There’s a good range of cask ale in­clud­ing ‘Gundog’ from Stod Fold Brew­ing Com­pany in Og­den and from fur­ther afield, Baby Ghost IPA from

The Raw Brew­ing Com­pany based in Chester­field, Ti­tanic Mild from

Stoke on Trent and Law­less from the Boot­leg Brew­ing Com­pany in Chorl­ton. There’s not a lot in the way of food but a black­board of­fers ‘award-win­ning pie & peas’, al­ways worth a try.

Drop in for live mu­sic on Sun­days and a vinyl DJ plays North­ern Soul ev­ery month too. It’s good to see a his­tor­i­cally im­por­tant pub given a new start.

The Gundog, 48-50 Crown Street, Hal­i­fax HX1 1JB. 01422 380135.

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