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One of the towns that I rarely reach in search of beer is Halifax. I know there are plenty of 'olde worlde' pubs there worth visiting but I have not found enough pubs with a variety of beers to keep me interested, but that may have all changed.

A couple of weeks ago, 'Dirty Dicks' opened its doors. Older drinkers may recognise the pub as a reincarnation of 'The Royal Oak' or the 'Tap & Spile', I remember it under both names and used to call in quite regularly, so I thought it was worth a visit to see how it had changed.

It is easy enough to find, if you arrive by train turn left outside the station and head for the 'Pump Room' , follow the road up past the front of the pub and 'Dirty Dicks' is on Clare Road at the top of the hill on the left, only a few minutes walk. Travelling from Huddersfield by bus it is even easier, get off the bus and the pub faces you down a side street opposite the bus stop.

The pub has maintained much of its old character externally, with its half timbered exterior. Internally it is an open plan pub with plenty of dark wood, which gives it a slightly gloomy feel, but there is plenty of seating around a central bar and it is a comfortable place to while away an hour or two.

On the bar are the usual range of lagers, and foreign beers, along with 8 handpulls. One is dedicated to the house beer, brewed by Empire at 3.8% and a bargain at £2 a pint. On my visit this was augmented by another Empire beer, and others from Old Spot, Salamander, Phoenix and Acorn, all at reasonable prices. The beers to come appeared to be others from the same breweries, but there is plenty of variety to interest the passing 'ticker'. Good, home cooked food food is also available, and is inexpensive.

This could be what Halifax has needed. The third pub to make up the beer triangle, with The 'Pump Room' and 'Three Pigeons' at the other corners to give a fair selection of different styles of pubs and beers within an easy walking distance. Give it a try for somewhere different.