Wakefield Express pub of the week - Henry Boons

Picture by Allan McKenzie/AMGP.CO.UK - Westgate Run,Wakefield,  England - 170613 - Henry Boons.
Picture by Allan McKenzie/AMGP.CO.UK - Westgate Run,Wakefield, England - 170613 - Henry Boons.

Henry Boons is a traditional ale house around the corner from Wakefield Westgate railway station.

Popular with commuters, after work drinkers and people on the city’s Westgate Run pub crawl, the pub offers a range or guest ales and lagers.

Live music is held regularly at the pub, which has a big screen TV showing sporting events.

Barbara Cudworth, who has been landlady for eight years, said: “We make sure we always have a theme going on in the pub.

“When locals or event students come in the pub, they respect the place and appreciate it.

“Every stranger that comes in the pub we always ask their name and there are a few dogs that come in and we know every one by name. We are a family pub.”

Henry Boons is part of the city’s HB Clark brewery and independent beer wholesaler.

Clark’s Classic Blonde, a 3.9 per cent pale ale, and its golden ale Westgate Gold, at 4.2 per cent, are regularly available at the pumps at Henry Boons.

Classic Blonde won a silver award in the Golden Ale category at the March 2012 Rotherham Beer Festival.

Westgate Gold won the same prize the following year’s contest.

The pub itself dates back to at least 1798, when it was a Melbourne Brewery pub called the Green Dragon, and was used as a hotel by commercial travellers and salesmen who travelled by train to Westgate station.

It kept its original name up until 1983.

Mrs Cudworth said: “The pub has got character, it’s an old pub - it’s not plastic or fake.

“You can mix with people here or you can go off and sit on your own.

“It can be loud and vibrant or quiet. There’s something for everyone.”

HB Clark has been brewing and wholesaling beer since 1906 and has 11 distribution depots UK-wide.

The Wakefield Express would like you to tell us which pubs we should be focussing on.

They can be big or small pubs or clubs like The Six Chimneys on Kirkgate or The Red Shed on nearby Vicarage Street.

Or they can be city or country hostelries like The Hop on Bank Street or The Reindeer at Overton. They can be old like The Black Rock or new like The Robin Hood at Altofts.

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