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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One of our specials for the weekend.
A warm salad of chicken and bacon, with sweet corn, tomatoes, crunchy croutons and mixed salad leaf, topped with balsamic dressing.
Perfect for this cracking weather!
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1 month ago
The Old White Bear

Interested in joining our team? We are hiring with immediate starts!

15 hours per week, Thursday to Monday (3 hours per day). Must be completed before 11.30am. Responsible for the cleaning of all areas of the pub. Duties include mopping, vacuuming etc, as well as the polishing of our beautiful copper topped bar!

Experienced bar staff preferred. Must be available to work evenings and weekends. Role includes preparation and serving of drinks, and occasionally some waiter/waitress work. Applicant must be 18+

If you are interested in either of these roles, please send a Facebook message or an email to and someone will get back to you as soon as possible!
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