The Old White Bear

Cross Hills, Keighley

We are a family run traditional village pub serving great locally sourced food which is cooked to order and excellent local ales from Naylors.

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 White Bear and Naylors breweries. Naylors brewery is now situated less than half a mile away and 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.

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This weekends specials board!

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The minted lamb burger is already proving very popular!
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New on the bar today!

Our first barrel from the new Craven Brew Co is SPA - session pale ale. A lightly bittered 3.7% session beer, packed full of aroma and flavour.

Perfect for this lovely weather!
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Showing this afternoon - the showpiece of English football - the FA Cup Final!

Kick off is 4:45pm - coinciding just about with the kitchen opening. Why not watch the match and have a bite to eat with us?
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Not made plans yet for this evening? Or how about Saturday and Sunday. Come dine with us!

Some lovely specials on the board alongside our pub favourites.

Book your table now via or 01535632115.

Don’t forget we are dog friendly too!
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Don't forget to book the chairs as well