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The Old White Bear

££ - £££, British,
6 Keighley Road | Crosshills, Keighley BD20 7RN, England
+44 1535 632115
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good23%
  • Average9%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible8%
Travellers talk about
“salad” (8 reviews)
“steak” (10 reviews)
“ciabatta” (2 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
6 Keighley Road | Crosshills, Keighley BD20 7RN, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived at the Old White Bear a bit early to find our reserved table was ready and waiting. We sat down and immediately a member of staff came to take our drinks order. The service throughout our evening was impeccable. We ordered our food...More

Thank YorkshireFamily49
Reviewed 16 September 2018 via mobile

Have eaten here a few times and recommended it on this site, but last night's meal and subsequent service was poor. All started well, shared 2 pate starters between 3. Excellent. Good service. Mains weren't so good. Belly pork & tuna steak were overcooked and...More

Thank Pete B
Reviewed 19 August 2018 via mobile

Went here after a walk around the hills above Sutton in Craven - had a really lovely lunch in nice surroundings in a beautiful old building- definitely somewhere I would return to!

Thank gordonmpearce
Reviewed 15 August 2018 via mobile

After a lovely walk up on the hillside above Sutton in Craven thoughts turned to lunch. Google told us that the nearest pub that was open at this time of day was The Old White Bear in Crosshills. My husband and I shared a chicken...More

Thank ghosthuntfan9
Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

Lovely atmosphere. Very friendly. Good food. Very nice surroundings. Small outside area and plenty of parking. Worth a visit

Thank Susancater
Reviewed 13 April 2018

We were staying at Cononley for 2 nights and decided to stop here for a meal. I had Hunters Chicken and other half had the steak. Food was so good we came back the second night!! Chips were to die for. Beer was good, as...More

Thank patti3
Reviewed 23 March 2018 via mobile

This was my first visit to this hotel restaurant, pub access to the pub exceptional easy access front and back car park to the rear easy access for wheel chair users or bad with walking. On entering there are four separate rooms one with a...More

Thank Ken D
Reviewed 4 January 2018 via mobile

Decided on a night out with my man and decided on here based on other reviews. Glad we did! I had the fish pie - very yummy with plenty of fish. He had medium rare sirloin - which looked cooked to perfection. We were both...More

Thank Gingerjo1973
Reviewed 30 December 2017

Called in for a quick drink to be served the tiniest coke ever and then given wrong change by grumpiest bar man ever! A real shame as the decor and atmosphere is nice but personality of barman put us off staying for food and more...More

1  Thank getawayfromme
Adam P, General Manager at The Old White Bear, responded to this reviewResponded 31 December 2017

Hi getawayfromme. Thank you for your comments. We are sorry you did not have a good experience in our premises. Could you please provide some more information as to when you visited - the date and time please - so we can investigate the matter...More

Reviewed 17 December 2017

Great selection of local ales, lovely atmosphere, nice open fire and selection of papers to read or games to play.

Thank 426bobjan
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Ruth W
2 January 2017|
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Response from 824adamp | Property representative |
Hi Ruth. As we are an old building not every room is accessible via wheelchair, however from the car park at the rear to the main bar area is all flat with no steps. Unfortunately, however, due to planning regulations we... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 6 Keighley Road | Crosshills, Keighley BD20 7RN, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Yorkshire  >  West Yorkshire  >  Keighley
  • Phone Number: +44 1535 632115
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The Old White Bear is the oldest building in the village Cross Hills and was built in 1735. It has previously been a hotel, a brothel, a council meeting place and a dance hall. The council met frequently here to discuss the Leeds and Liverpool canal and decided where to cut through the land here! It has also been the site for Goose Eye, White Bear and Naylors breweries and ale from Naylors brewery, situated less than half a mile away is always on pump.Some of the beams used to build the pub are believed to come from a naval ship which took part in the battles against The Spanish Armada called “The Old White Bear” hence the name! The building is full of character, most of which has been collected over the years by the locals. The building itself has walls 24inches thick which is possibly why it is still going strong!There are two real fires which come to life in winter and a sun-trap beer garden for the summer. We also have a darts and doms team (who won the league in 2009) and we are one of only 3 pubs in Craven to have the traditional ‘Ring the Bull‘ game.In 2009 The Old White Bear was awarded the Pub Of The Year accolade by the Keighley and Craven branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA). It has also scooped the seasonal award in 1992, 1995, 2003, 2006 and 2009. It was given the award for its good value beers and colourful history.
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