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Requested be closed with reason - Other: Flying the old steel curtains whenI passed yesterday. Future uncertain.

Graziers, Wakefield Central, Wakefield

Pub added by James Joines
58 Market Street
Wakefield
WF1 1DH
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aleand hearty left this review about The Graziers Arms

Essentially, a traditional pub / sports bar hybrid, found tucked away down a side street, a couple of hundred yards away from the city’s notorious Westgate. The pub’s name refers to the city’s once famous cattle market, which was just opposite until 1965, the site now being occupied by a Royal Mail sorting office.

Originally dating from 1880, it has a certain Victorian solidity, enhanced by its street corner setting. For many years a Tetley tied house, it now heavily features beers from Ossett, but is not owned by them. Internally, it has an L-shaped floor plan on two levels, with a raised area to the right of the bar. The nature of the place sees a mixture of the old and the new and differing styles. On entering you are faced by an attractive curved bar in dark wood, with a substantial mirrored bar back. The area in front of the bar has bare floorboards, but the majority of floor space is carpeted. Overall, the colour scheme is based on maroon. The stained glass and latticed windows, facing George Street, may not be the originals but they have certainly survived several refurbishments down the years. Seating takes the form of several extended booth areas, alongside more traditional cast iron tables and chairs. Being a sports bar there are several overhead HD TVs, plus a large drop down screen. Walls feature sporting prints, signed shirts and other memorabilia. For outdoor drinking there is a partially covered enclosed yard to the right of the entrance.

On this visit, three of the four hand pumps were in use, all featuring Ossett beers in ‘Citra’, ‘Silver King’ and ‘Blonde’. (The ‘Landlord’ had just gone off). Quality of those I tried was very good. The Graziers has had a reputation for erratic quality down the years, but based on the last two occasions I’ve called it seems to have become more consistent of late. Bar staff tend to be young, friendly and mostly on the ball and that was borne out this time. The atmosphere varies enormously, depending on what, if any, sporting event is being shown. In either case, it can get very busy at weekends.

The Graziers isn’t a ‘must visit’ pub, when visiting the city, but on present form is certainly worth a punt. Real ale fans might want to consider a double-header with the adjacent Bull & Fairhouse, particularly as the beers, almost certainly, won’t be duplicated.

On 21st June 2011 - rating: 7
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Roger Button left this review about The Graziers Arms

This was a bit of a lucky dip choice for us on our Wakefield wander. I was half expecting an agricultarlly themed pub with lots of sheep pictures so it was a bit of a surprise to find the Graziers as a semi sports bar. It has all the pre-requisite multiple screens and sporting memorabelia but does at least retain a pubby feel rather than some soulless chrome and light show lager shed that is all too often the case with such ventures. Signed shirts include Michael Schumacher in the front door, Beckham, Rooney and the Leeds Utd squad. More importantly there are 3 pretty decent ales albeit quite standard for the area (Black Sheep Best, Landlord and Deuchars) and a very chatty and welcoming barman brave enough to admit to being a Barnsley fan. There is also a big screen in the garden although as the snow was beginning to fall I wasn’t about to venture outside and see it for myself. The place won’t be everyones first stop on a Wakefield session but it is better than a lot of places and if you are trying to catch a sporting event, this is certainly a decent enough place to check out.

On 20th February 2010 - rating: 6
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Quinno _ left this review about The Graziers Arms

Popped in here whilst getting lost looking for O' Donoghues (which was literally just round the corner in the end) and wasn't expecting much, so was fairly happy to see three standard ales (Black Sheep, Landlord and Deuchars IPA, plus a real cider in Old Rosie) and even happier to find that Landlord was in good shape (£2.80p/p). The pub is a classic V shape as it sits on a tight junction corner. Whilst the outside looks scrubbed and snazzy (I assumed it'd be more like up-market winery) the interior is stuck in the 70's akin to the Black Rock, but a lot lighter inside - the old bar is quite lovely. It's clean and tidy, the solitary barmaid was busying herself polishing the brass and wood in between serving customers. There was a TV (SKY) along with the daily papers and a load of Rugby League paraphernalia - I assume this must be a Wakefield RFC hangout on match days. The toilets should be listed, they looked ancient. The old vs new contrast continues on the way to the traps, as the gents corridor walls are plastered in football clippings and Page 3 girls - very New Lad. Perhaps not exactly an essential experience but you could do worse.

On 3rd August 2009 - rating: 6
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28th Nov 2016, 10:03
Request to mark pub as closed by aleand hearty approved
 
28th Nov 2016, 10:03
Request to mark pub as closed submitted by aleand hearty, with included notes: Other: Flying the old steel curtains whenI passed yesterday. Future uncertain.

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  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 07 August 2013 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 21 June 2011 by Alan Hurdle
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 07 August 2013 by Quinno _
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