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The Shepherds Arms, Wakefield

Postal town: Wakefield
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A fairly innocuous looking, but surprisingly historic, large detached pub, found a little way out of the town centre. Tudor in origin, it dates from the sixteenth century and was once known as Nether Hall. However, only the gable end gives a clue to its past. Once inside, there are four rooms, with the main L-shaped space and two further rooms to the rear (one of which houses a pool table and dart board) all pretty nondescript. However, the raised area, to the right on entering, is impressive with its dark wooden panelling and historic feel.

At the bar there were three hand pumps, none of which were in use, although a collection of old pump clips, behind the bar, suggested a commitment to cask ale at some stage. On settling for half a Guinness, I asked the friendly barman if real ale was likely to return in the future, but he said it was unlikely, offering the old chestnut ‘that there was no demand for it’. Atmosphere wise, it was pretty dead during my Friday afternoon visit, with only three or four other punters in the place. However, looking beyond the lack of custom, it all felt a bit run down, lacking investment and TLC. As I polished off the last of my Guinness, ‘moribund’ was the word that sprang to mind, along with the realisation it could be so much more. Unfortunately, in its present state, the chances of a return visit are virtually nil.

Visited 22.08.14

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Map location corrected by Just a quick pint, then I'm off
Wakefield Westgate, 3.13 miles, 1 hr 0 min walk (show)
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  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 22 August 2014 by aleand hearty
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 22 August 2014 by aleand hearty
  • Darts : Yes last updated 22 August 2014 by aleand hearty
  • Pool Table : Yes last updated 22 August 2014 by aleand hearty
  • Real Ale : No - No - last updated 22 August 2014 by aleand hearty
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