During the last week of July, Patrick and I had a weeks leave from work and we had planned to go to Huddersfield for the first weekend. Not a very exciting prospect I can hear you saying! However, for real ale fans, it is very exciting because Huddersfield is one of the stations on the Transpennine Real Ale Trail. The weather was lovely as we arrived at Huddersfield and we firstly bought our train tickets for our journey. The trail takes in 7 stations now because the pub in the first station of Batley has closed down, I'm sure there are plenty of other pubs in Batley but as we don't know the area, we decided to stick to the recommended route. Five of the stations are in West Yorkshire and for that part of the journey we could buy a family day rover ticket which cost us the princely sum of £8.80, seriously, how cheap is that?!! The other two stations are over the Pennines in Lancashire and the tickets for that cost I think around £15 for the two of us but I can't quite remember the exact cost. Huddersfield station is a stunning Grade 1 listed building.
Here is the interior of The Head of Steam. I've no idea who the bloke in the picture is
|The Head of Steam - complete with random bloke at the bar|