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19-02-2016, 18:08
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The Flying Ferret,Huddersfield Road, Shelley, HD8 8HF

Last Saturday I paid my first visit to The Flying Ferret in Shelley.
On cask I found Small World's Long Moor Pale and Black Sheep. The former was excellent and a real locale, having been brewed only half-a-mile down the road.
On keg there were three craft/keg offerings that caught my eye Magic Rock's Dancing Bear pilsner, York Brewery's Legion IX and Sharp's Wolf Rock red IPA. There were also other keg fonts on the bar but I didn't register the names.

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I think I was the first customer of the day (we are always keen at A Swift One) and was greeted by the friendly landlord who kindly pulled the above pint before disappearing to cook the equally locally sourced and excellent food below.

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More customers came in for various reasons. Some watched the Premiership football on BT Sport, which was on at a nice level for you tune in or out. Others came in for food or just drinks or to play a frame on the kids' pool table. There was full-size pool table on the way to the beer garden.
But I opted for darts as it's always good to see a board in a pub these days. They have become something of a rarity. I sampled and enjoyed the three keg beers I mentioned earlier while realising how rusty I was at the king of pub sports.

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On the subject of sport, Shelley Cricket Club is just around the corner and I can see myself heading back this way to catch a few overs at Westerley Lane when the Drakes League kicks off. An early season village derby with Shepley on April 23 looks like a fixture in my diary already but I won't be too upset if rain stops play as I know where I will be heading for some local beer and food.

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