History of the Sportsman Inn Halifax

The Sportsman Inn has existed as a pub since at least 1700, gaining its name from the 'sportsmen' who exchanged rabbits, hare and game for ale. In the 1960s George and Ashley made the pub famous with its unique character - many customers remember trying to evade the geese on the way to the toilets.

In 1974 Douggie Coulson took over what was then a small country pub and expanded it greatly, cutting into the hillside expanding the grounds and car park. The ski slope was built in 1985, a new use for a hill that was used for spotting enemy aircraft in World War Two. In 1988 the bar in the Sportsman was extended and the stone floor tap room was extended into the large family room it is today. The squash courts, solarium and sauna built alongside the ski slope were replaced in 1996 with the building of Charlie Fastrax the indoor kids’ adventure playground.

In the year 2000 the old Dendex slope was replaced by the new 'Snowflex' carpet - invented in Huddersfield - making an ideal surface for snowboarders as well as skiers. In 2006 the conservatory was completed in Charlie Fastrax making a room large enough to hold up to 200 people and a venue ideal for weddings and all types of parties.

The recent move into Snow tubing parties shows the ongoing development of a pub that has evolved steadily throughout the year, from the small country pub on the old trading route between Bradford and Halifax, into a varied entertainment complex for the 21st Century.

We serve everything from quality real ale and cocktails to herbal teas and liqueur coffees. In addition to traditional home cooked food featuring farm shop produce, free wifi, dog friendly, sky TV and rooms to hire for any occasions, we have, literally, something for everyone ... and the history to back it up.

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