Friday, 19 November 2010

The Victoria


From Queen Victoria to The Victoria.... This is my 'local' - The Victoria public house on Saltaire Road.  It's on the opposite side of the road from Saltaire village itself, so not actually within the village's boundary.  Just as well, since Saltaire's founder, Sir Titus Salt, would not allow the sale of alcohol in his village.

I think this is a lovely pub - it's friendly and cosy and serves good beer. (For a picture of one of the beers try 'Blonde - Saltaire' - albeit snapped in a different pub - by someone who has a blog entirely composed of photos of drinks!)  The Victoria suffers a little in being just across the road from the popular and crowded 'Fanny's Ale House' (see my post of 11 August 2010 ) but in many ways I prefer it.  I just read a comment on 'The Culture Vulture' blog that said: "Across the road from Fanny’s, which is fine but can get terribly busy at times, is The Victoria Hotel, a good honest pub with an excellent range of real ales including many of Saltaire Brewery’s range. The Victoria is often seen as being an overspill for the competition across the road but as a place for a quiet pint or two of decent beer with friendly, down to earth service it can’t be beaten. Not in Saltaire, anyway!"  And one of the managers, Gemma Aaron replies: "Thanks...... we are working really hard to make the Victoria a friendly, welcoming community pub, supporting many local breweries."

Incidentally the Culture Vulture site has a fine write-up about food and drink in Saltaire, with a great photo too - well done, my friend Richard from them apples.

17 comments:

  1. Oh I feel homesick, we were just saying the other day that we miss the beer in England sometimes!!

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  2. Nice local. I don't like beer but I'd love a ploughman's for lunch.

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  3. It does look very warm and welcoming. What a nice place to have for your 'local':)

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  4. It seems that people from Saltaire know how to live well and treat thelselves! :))

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  5. Our village pub has been closed for refurbishment. The new owners promise much. Let's hope it's as cosy and welcoming as The Victoria.

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  6. You can keep your Slug and Lettuce, give me a proper pub every time.

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  7. I think I would prefer this place if it is less crowded!

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  8. Ah, at long last a pub. I once lived in Bourneville for a year and therefore I know full well what it means to be denied decent alcohol by the will of a long-dead temperance philanthropist.

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  9. Certainly sounds as though it worth a visit by the locals.

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  10. Love the different greys on the façade. Beautiful building.

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  11. Sometimes, the trendy new pubs can overwhelm the friendly 'local'. Nice write up.

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  12. I'll come do beer testing! Yay! Interesting, I wouldn't've thought I'd like the grey on grey trim, but on this building it's very nice.

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  13. Nice post, look like a fun spot for a drink.

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  14. I swear I remember this place from a British Comedy I used to watch called Days of Wine and Roses. We only saw the outside, and it was supposed to be a Pizza place. I could be wrong but it sure looked like it, even the stairs and railing and windows.

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  15. Not Days of Wine and Roses, I think it was Days of Summer Wine, or something like that.

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  16. Scott - maybe you're thinking of the Last of the Summer Wine? It was filmed not far from here, in South Yorkshire around Holmfirth. I'm not aware The Victoria was a location but there are many similar buildings in this area. The Victorian period was a time of rapid urban growth and many buildings date back to then.

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  17. I'm thinking "The Victoria" sounds far more elegant than "Fanny's Ale House"! It must be fun to have a local pub. ~Lili

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