Mar 06 2011

The Racehorses Hotel – Kettlewell

Following a very pleasant ramble from Kettlewell up and around Conistone Moor, in wintry sunshine, it was decided (by Sir Edmund in advance!) that our hostelry of choice on our second visit to Kettlewell, would be the Racehorses Hotel.

Unmissable as you enter Kettlewell, it is a picture postcard pub, a grand white building with the River Wharfe gently flowing to its rear. We were deciding whether to sit in the beer garden at the back overlooking the river, however, we never got that far, as we were enticed by the roaring open fire in the back room.

It might be what you would imagine a typical country pub to be, very cosy, very homely, with plenty of walking info and maps dotted about the place too.

Being Sunday lunchtime, a family opposite were snaffling away at a generously portioned roast beef and all the trimmings, however we were here for the beer! The pub was a Timothy Taylor’s, and had several bitters on offer. Alas, we being lager louts, were offered a choice on draft of Heineken, Amstel, Birra Moretti, and Kronenbourg 1664. Sir Edmund and I, after a few minutes deliberation, plumped for the Moretti, only to be informed that pump was off! Never to mind, we switched to Amstel, and it is a very pleasant lager, none too heavy, with a nice refeshing taste.

Sherpa G and Carol sampled a couple of bottles of Sagres (Portuguese) and Tiger (found in most curry houses, but upon further inspection, actually from Singapore), and also appeared pleased with their choices.

Time passed by too quickly, and in no time we were on our way, but we were very pleased with our decision (OK Sir Edmund’s decision) to try out the Racehorses…price-wise, Sir Edmund let me have a glance at the tariff, and it was quite reasonable (£3 a pint for the Amstel), although once again, good old Sir Edmund was the one who dipped in his pocket for the beverages.

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