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The Griffin, Castleford North, Castleford

Lock Lane
WF10 2LB

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Old Boots left this review about The Griffin

A bland late 19th century building a bit of a way from the town centre, about a 15 min walk, on the other side of the river next to a canal boat repair yard. It sits on the corner of Lock Lane and is near the rugby ground apparently. You enter straight into a lounge with bench seating and a couple of tables with traditional wheel back chairs. Through an arch to the left is a public bar with big screen and rugby memorabilia. Three pulls in the lounge, beers from Copper Dragon and RT Brew Co (?) on two with nowt on the third, there is one pull in the public with the RT beer on this occasion. The lounge has a big screen as well, showing test cricket while it was footy in the public in a subconscious display of the English class system perhaps. Lots of nicnacs in the lounge too.

On 19th January 2020 - no rating submitted
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Will Larter left this review about The Griffin

This pub was busy with both Cas and Rhinos supporters shortly before the Sunday afternoon kick off at Wheldon Road, or Mend-a-Hose Jungle as we're now supposed to call it. Local Camra awards are displayed (most improved pub 2017, pub of the season, Spring 2018) and the condition of my Revolutions Candidate 3.9% confirmed that they know how to keep and serve real ales here. It's difficult to gain a good impression of a pub at such a busy time, but it seemed friendly and welcoming, even to a Leeds supporter, and I would have no trouble returning next season (while hoping for a different outcome on the pitch).

Date of visit: 8th July 2018

On 22nd October 2018 - rating: 6
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Thuck Phat left this review about The Griffin

A solid, brick built, unexceptional boozer on the edge of town.
It can't be missed as there's an all yellow bicycle, presumably a remnant of the Tour's Yorkshire visit, parked on the wall outside now doing service as an advertising board for Theakston's Cresset Ale.
You walk in to a traditional lounge area with the bar facing and a bench running around the walls whilst to the left is a bar for dogs and darts.
The towpath telegraph had informed us that the pub had recently been taken over, that the new owners were making a decent effort and that the beer was good. Certainly the guv'nor was amiable enough and knowledgeable on his beers.
The blackboard behind the bar listed: Theakston's Cresset Ale, unsurprisingly and two from Revolutions - Rattlesnakes and Manifesto Stout. The Rattlesnakes was very good, in top condition and from a local brewery.
Well worth a look in for a quality pint.

On 12th July 2017 - rating: 7
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Griffin

John Smith Cask always available with an occasional guest ,not present on my visit.

After a period of closure ,the pub has been revitalised and now offers a friendly welcome and three real ales without tie.The interior splits into two sections,although originally this would have been two rooms with their own bar access as the original jug and bottle window still exists between the two sides of the bar.The left section has a laminate floor ,a good darts throw and a few tables and chairs to the rear.The right side is carpeted with a large bench seat running around the front window,with a serices of small tables and stools.There is a display cabinet with condiments and food is often available at lunchtime and early evening,although it's worth checking beforehand.The TV tuned to Emmerdale could have been annoying,but it was on mute.
My Revolutions Rattle Snakes was on good form,an American Amber ale.My guess is that this brewery will regularly feature here ,plus a session bitter from Theakstons with a further guest.
There aren't many real ale pubs in town ,so although this is a bit of a leg,it's worth visiting if looking for a decent pint.Close to the Aire & Calder Canal,so expect a few boaters and boatyard workers to pop in ,it's a proper boozer.

On 8th July 2017 - rating: 7
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Chris Heath left this review about Griffin Inn

A popular John Smith's pub in the Lock Lane area of Castleford.

On 5th January 2008 - no rating submitted
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