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The Junction, Shipley

1 Baildon Road
Postal town: Shipley
BD17 6AB

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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Junction

A proper traditional pub with an upbeat and hearty atmosphere. The owner was very welcoming, even though he was having a good bit of banter with three people standing at the end of bar. We went for the Junction Blonde, which is now brewed up the road by Balidon Brewing Company. We took our beers into the small side room leading off the bar area. This room had an upright piano, which unfortunately is now used as an ornament stand. This room also had an extensive beer bottle collection, placed on shelving which ran around the perimeter of the room with a collection of continental beer mugs hanging underneath. The upholstered bench seating was very worn and threadbare in places, which didn't bother me as the pub was clean and tidy.
There was a pool table situated in the front room and a notice read 'Free Pool on Mondays and Tuesdays'. The pub also hosted a Quiz Nite on Thursday night, with a free Pie and Pea supper. Friday, Saturday, Sunday was Music and Dance nights.

On 8th July 2018 - rating: 8
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Will Larter left this review about The Junction

This multi-roomed pub, situated at a busy road junction on the edge of Baildon, has an unusual shape - a truncated wedge. The entrance is from the Baildon Road side and the bar is in a room which, at the time of my visit, was fairly crowded. There were apparently six hand pumps on the bar, but on my way out I caught a glimpse of a previously hidden seventh in a corner of the bar. Beers available at the time of my visit were Tetleys Bitter, Copper Dragon Golden Pippin, Dark Star Hophead, Fullers ESB and Red Fox, Junction Blonde (which is brewed on site) and Bosuns IPA. The pub was remarkably busy (early afternoon on a Friday) and like Alan (below) I had to look for somewhere to sit in one of the secondary rooms as the main bar area was pretty full. The pub is comfortable, if a little scruffy, which is how I like them - nothing formal about this place. There's a good atmosphere and it feels welcoming and well used.

On 24th November 2017 - rating: 8
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Alan Winfield left this review about The Junction

The Junction is a decent sized pub that is on the apex of two busy roads,the entrance is from the baildon road side.
Once inside there is a small bar in the main drinking room,the seating here is bench type and small stools,there is a pool table in a separate room in the apex on the pub and one other room to the rear which is square shaped,the seating in this room is comfy bench type and small stools,i had to have my drink in this room because the main bar room was full on my Saturday afternoon visit.
There was a very good choice of real ales on the bar,i had a drink of Trawler Boys best bitter which went down very well,the other beers noted were Saltaire Blonde,Tetley Cask,Oakham JHB and Fullers ESB,there were more real ales on that i failed to note as it was so busy.
This is a pub well worth visiting,i was surprised how good it was has i had no idea what it would be like before entering.

Pub visited 28/11/2015

On 28th November 2015 - rating: 9
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aleand hearty left this review about The Junction

Lovely old, stone built, pub, a few minutes walk from Shipley town centre. Situated at the acutely angled junction of Baildon Road and Otley Road, its distinctive wedge shape, over several levels, gives it real presence. Formerly a coach house, the building is thought to date from around 1840. Inside, there are three rooms, all very traditional in style. The lounge, opposite the bar, has that wonderful cosy familiarity, so beloved by fans of old style pubs. There are wall benches, cast iron tables and stools, a fine old ornate fireplace and an upright piano by the door. Lots of old steins and bottles line the shelves, with various bits of breweriana dotted here and there.

The open space, in front of the bar, is essentially a room in its own right and has a cosy corner bench, several high stools and an overhead TV. The front games room is decidedly wedge shaped and quite plain with its bare floor boards. Benches again line the walls and there is a clock collection, plus more breweriana. A pool table largely dominates the space.

At the bar there are seven hand pumps, six of which were in use during our visit. On trying the Oakham JHB and Boggart Hole Rum Porter, they were both in good nick and a decent temperature. Service from the bar staff was friendly and attentive. On asking about the history of the pub we were introduced to Tommy the landlord and he took some time out to tell us about his plans for the Junction as a brewpub. Taking us down to the cellar, he proudly showed us his impressive looking, state of the art, four barrel plant. He currently has two regular brews on the go, although more are planned. He kindly gave us a pint of his Blonde to try, which proved to be very distinctive, indeed. With it being such a pale beer, I was expecting a blast of floral and citrus aromas from New World hops; instead there was the unmistakable whiff of the Midlands, with sulphur on the nose. The Burton-ised water and the exclusive use of Fuggles meant that it looked like a golden ale, but drank like a traditional brown bitter. In truth, it did mess with my mind a little bit!

Food is available weekday lunchtimes and from what we saw, looks to be good value pub grub.

The pub has won numerous local CAMRA awards and has a GBG listing for 2013. Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our visit, and will definitely call again, when in the area.

On 25th September 2012 - rating: 8
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James Joines left this review about The Junction

7 Real Ales and 2 Real Ciders plus a large range of foreign bottled beers.
Food available lunchtimes and evenings.

Bradford CAMRA Pub of the Year 2009

On 28th December 2009 - no rating submitted
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