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The Three Houses, Wakefield

379 Barnsley Road
Postal town: Wakefield
Phone: 01924255642
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Three Houses

With the clue being in the name, this large 'L'-shaped pub in one quadrant of a crossroads is an agglomeration of several different buildings. Inside, it is very much of the upmarket food-led ilk, with a number of different dining areas along one branch. However, there are also several different small seating areas around the bar counter, and it's all very comfortable and tastefully done. I found five of six handpumps in operation, with the regular Black Sheep, John Smith's Cask and Landlord supplemented by Abbeydale Moonshine and Bradfield Farmer's Blonde (£3.60) as guests.

On 26th November 2016 - rating: 7
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aleand hearty left this review about The Three Houses

Re-opens today, after a refurb, following extensive fire damage back in January.

On 14th June 2013 - no rating submitted
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aleand hearty left this review about The Three Houses

A large, historic roadside inn, in a well-heeled suburb, south of the city centre. It underwent something of a renaissance with the present owners. There are two drinking areas in the main bar, with the low-beamed area, to the immediate right, probably a separate room at some stage. In addition there is also a small room housing a pool table at the back. A large separate dining room is to the left, on entering. The pub is low-ceilinged, with several cosy corners and recesses. The last refurbishment made the pub feel very comfortable.

Four ales are usually available: John Smith’s, Timothy Taylor’s- ‘Landlord’ & ‘Golden Best’ and Black Sheep Bitter. This is a pub where ‘John’s’ is king (hence two pumps) and the quality of the other beers has sometimes (frustratingly) suffered accordingly, despite Cask Marque accreditation. However, the GB was on fine form during this visit, with a decent pint of BSB also. Unfortunately, the ‘Landlord’ tasted a little subdued by comparison.

The pub has gained a reputation for good food, particularly Sunday lunches. The few times I’ve eaten here I’ve come away impressed with the quality and attention to detail. There is a better than average wine list.

The bar staff are predominantly young, friendly and enjoy a bit of banter. Usually, there’s a sizeable crowd of post-work regulars and the place gets very busy at weekends, with a good lively atmosphere.

For outdoor drinking a decent sized patio is at the rear, next to the car park and may be reached by walking through the pool room.

To end on a couple of points of historical interest: The pub was awarded a blue plaque by Wakefield Civic Society in 2009. The notorious highwayman John Nevison(1639-1684) was arrested here, shortly before being hanged for murder. Also, if visiting the area, Sandal Castle is also only a few minutes walk away. Although nowhere near as grand as Warwick Castle say, it’s still worth visiting and climbing the motte for some fine views.

Overall, despite continuing reservations about beer quality, it’s definitely worth a visit, particularly if you are intending to eat there.

On 2nd July 2010 - rating: 7
[User has posted 332 recommendations about 319 pubs]

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Sandal & Agbrigg, 0.81 miles, 15 min walk (show)
Wakefield Kirkgate, 1.96 miles, 37 min walk (show)
Wakefield Westgate, 2.8 miles, 54 min walk (show)
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  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 02 July 2010 by hondo .
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 02 July 2010 by hondo .
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Pool Table : Yes last updated 02 July 2010 by hondo .
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 02 July 2010 by hondo .
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