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The Black Bull, Keighley

Pub added by Colin Spiller
119 Main Street
Postal town: Keighley
BD22 8DP
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Steve of N21 left this review about The Black Bull

As the other reviewers below mention the Black bull scores above other pub establishments in Haworth as it does have a genuine connection to the local Bronte family being the establishment where Bramwell drank himself to madness, and therefore the Bronte memorabilia including the print of Bramwell’s famous family self-portrait with him missing behind a pillar which hangs in the National Portrait Gallery, is justified here. But sadly, as a pub experience it was probably the weakest of the four establishments we visited whilst in Haworth.
A fine looking period dark stone building in keeping with the local church and other buildings nearby, internally its lost a lot of the character that I am sure was once there and is now one long internal space with white plastered walls with lower wall half wood panelling painted in black and then the dark red Axminister style corporate carpet throughout as mentioned below. And when combined with the low ceilings does give the place a fairly dark and in my book depressing aura, although this could have also been brought on by the insipid musak which seems to be also unchanged from the previous reviews.
Unfortunately, my mood was not lifted by the available pedestrian beer choice of London Pride, Wychwood Hobgoblin and an average Thwaites Wainwright with Theakstons Best and TT Landlord reversed.

On 12th July 2018 - rating: 6
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Black Bull

The nearest pub to the Parsonage home of the Brontes,this is probably where Branwell,struggling artist brother to the famous sisters,drank himself to death.A print of his portrait of the three sisters with his image "painted out" by Branwell himself is poignant,and the low ceiling and slightly dark interior with heavy wooden beams adds to the gloomy feel.There is an impressive stained glass window visible up a flight of stairs,but the rest of the interior is open plan with a large,long bar surrounded by flag stones until the corporate carpet takes over.There is a large banquette around the section by the entrance,with a restaurant section unused on my evening visit.We were the only customers,so strangely the barman decided to crank up the muzak to overloud which ruined the atmosphere.Few original feature remain within,and the many handpumps were only offering Thwaites Wainwright and a decent Copper Dragon Golden Pippin.
Impressive from the outside,less so internally and largely ignored by locals on my evening visit,I wouldn't rush back despite the historical connection to such a tragic figure.

On 10th May 2013 - rating: 6
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David Ross left this review about The Black Bull

Unlike some of this tourist trap village, “The Black Bull” has a justified claim to a place in history. As proclaimed by a plaque on the outer wall, next to the front door, it was the favourite drinking haunt of Branwell Bronte, brother of the famous literary sisters. The interior walls are covered in portraits of the family, letters written by them and even a photograph of the actual chair which Branwell used to sit in. The pub is located at the top of Haworth’s steep Main Street, immediately adjacent to the Parsonage where the Brontes lived, so it must have been an easy stagger home for Branwell. A Bronte pilgrimage to Haworth wouldn’t be complete without a visit here, and it sells food and drink as well.

On 26th August 2010 - rating: 9
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16th Aug 2018, 21:07
Request to mark pub as closed by Quinno _ approved
16th Aug 2018, 21:07
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