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The Junction, Castleford Town, Castleford

Carlton Street
WF10 1EE
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Old Boots left this review about The Junction

Neil has been busy with many more details being renovated or brought into the 21st century. Nine pulls in operation (1 was poorly) although midweek only three will be in action, that’s proper cellar management that many multi tap pubs should emulate. Still the home of beer from the wood and still outstanding quality, being Cas it’s less pricy than Leeds or York but then only the Junction is worth a visit if you find your way to Castleford.

On 16th June 2019 - no rating submitted
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Thuck Phat left this review about The Junction

An interesting and traditional Victorian street corner boozer with blue tiled walls.
It's a large affair inside with a traditional interior featuring plenty of wood, an open plan bar and a smaller room to the right. It has something of a feeling of either not being finished or part used as storeroom with various bits and bobs stacked around the place.
Having heard that beers were served from the wood I'd half expected a row of barrels on stillage which I wasn't especially enthusiastic about during a warm spell of weather. In fact the governor has invested in 100 wooden barrels and all the beers served are from those barrels.
Beers on were: Kirkstall 3 Swords and Drop Hammer, Wishbone Bruce, Cloudy with a Chance of Hops and Medjool, Stancil South Pacific and Elland Rudimentary. A fair range with strengths going from 4% to 10%. The South Pacific was in good shape and refreshing on a warm evening but the temptation of the first Woodfest being held in the boozer next door was too great to explore the range further.
The governor has also invested in a tower brewery behind the next door building which is virtually complete so will hopefully be operational soon.
A very good boozer, doing things differently and benefitting from chunks of investment. I wish them every success and look forward to visiting again as things develop.

On 25th July 2017 - rating: 7
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Junction

The glazed tiling around the exterior walls mark this out as a traditional looking pub,and that continues inside.There is a high wooden bar with an L shaped interior with traditional fitted benches,a good parquet floor,small tables and stools,while to one side is a seperate room with half glass partitions,and some more seating although unused on my Thursday evening trip.The fireplace has a new wooden surround ,and wood is the theme here.
The guv'nor is a supporter of The Society for the Preservation of Beers from the Wood,which predated CAMRA by several years.However this doesn't mean that the wood barrels are on stillage,but rather that all ale supplied here arrives in wooden casks and is drawn from the cellar using the usual handpumps,of which there are 9.Six were dispensing on my trip and my Kirkstall 3 Swords was decent ,although I didn't have the nerve to tackle the 10% Kirkstall Drop Hammer ! There were a number of ales from Wishbone plus one from Stancill,I assume the choice will rotate regularly.
There is a building next door owned by the guv'nor which used to be a pub and in which he intends to open a brewery dedicated to using wood barrels.On my visit the SPBW were holding their first beer from the wood festival ,which was terrific.It is possible that this building may itself reopen as a pub sometime in the future,keep an eye out for developments.
This pub is the best option for real ale in town,and had a genuine boozer atmosphere with some fantastic 80's songs as muzak,so I would call in again without question.

On 8th July 2017 - rating: 8
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Castleford, 0.21 miles, 4 min walk (show)
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16th Jun 2019, 17:05
Review submitted by Old Boots
25th Jul 2017, 11:11
Review submitted by Thuck Phat

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