Pub of the week: Old Vic at Ossett

Old Vic, Manor Road, Ossett. Picture: Will Forrest
Old Vic, Manor Road, Ossett. Picture: Will Forrest

You don’t have to wait another year if Wakefield Beer Festival left you wanting more.

The Old Vic in Ossett is staging its O to K Festival, which showcases beers from 11 breweries in the district.

The festival runs from Thursday, October 29 to Sunday.

You can also meet some of the brewers between 7pm and 9pm on the opening night of the festival.

There is a choice of one-off brews, old favourites, and seasonal ales. Clark’s Traditional, which won the best bitter award at the Great British Beer Festival in 1982 will be there, as will Bob’s White Lion, which is dubbed a ‘modern classic’ on the tasting notes.

Look out too for ales from James and Kirkman, Bosun’s, Hamelsworde, Five Towns, Tiger Tops, Revolutions, Merrie City, Ossett and Fernandes. The O to K beers are £2.60 a pint.

The pub on Manor Road was acquired by Ossett brewery in 2008. It was previously called The Victoria (wash house). Current landlord Brian Dickinson spent 20 years as a butcher before he took the reins at the Duke of Leeds at Holmfirth. He then moved to The Fleece at Ossett and The Albion at Alverthorpe before taking on The Old Vic five-years-ago.

The ale house has been in the good beer guide for the last two years. It offers a permanent Ossett beer range, two rotating guest ales and a stout or porter. It has a large selection of house wines, core range lagers and Grimbergen from Belgium.

The pub serves locally sourced food Tuesday to Sunday. It is served from Tuesday to Thursday between 4pm and 8pm, between noon and 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and from noon until 5pm for Sunday lunch.

Other features include a weekly music quiz on a Tuesday and a general quiz on a Sunday evening. For those who love pub sports, the pool team meets on Wednesdays and there is also a dartboard.

The Old Vic is about half-a-mile from Ossett town centre.

Bus services 117 and 126/127 operate nearby.

The pub offers free wifi and is dog friendly.

See www.ossett-brewery.co.uk/pubs/old-vic-ossett for more.