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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Pickles Pubs

Pickles Pubs is a family run business established in 2006. Our ethos is to build a portfolio of pubs that offer traditional food and drink, with exceptional service at reasonable prices.

We firmly believe there’s still a place for roaring open fires, good quality freshly cooked food and well-conditioned real ale in pubs, as opposed to cheap and cheerful or Gastro pricing.

We use local suppliers for both our food and ale, unless achieving quality dictates different. For example, our fish is sourced straight from the docks in Hull on a daily basis.

We want our customers to feel comfortable when visiting our pubs, even if its cosying up in front of the fire in your muddy boots after a long walk with the dog – everyone is welcome.

Take a look at our pubs, which currently reside across both the Aire and Wharfe Valleys.

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2 weeks ago

The Old White Bear

ALL BEER NOW GONE! Thank you to those who came and for putting money into our Manorlands collection box too.

On a personal note from Adam, thank you for all your custom. Many of you are now not only customers but have become very good friends. We now need to stay safe and do as the government advises us, and hopefully this will all be over soon. I can’t wait to open the door again and welcome all you lovely people back! Wishing you all the very best 🐻
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💔 thank you so much for your amazing hospitality and friendship. To you and all the team. Take care and stay safe. Love me and Craig xx

I look forward to returning when this is all over. Thank you Adam and your team, keep safe.

Take care Adam & the great team u have at the Old White Bear...hope it's not too long before we are saying hello & drinking again 🍻

Well done to all The Old White Bear. Take care all and can’t wait to come back in for the Birra Moretti and medium Chardonnay.

All the best to you all.... love ya 🥰🥰🥰

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2 weeks ago

The Old White Bear


As everyone will know by now we have been forced to close for the foreseeable future. However, we do still have some beer that was ready to sell that unfortunately will go to waste.

So, as a thanks to all our loyal customers, we have decided to give this away FREE!! Absolutely FREE OF CHARGE! Bring your own container and we will fill it for you to take away and enjoy.

Between 3-5pm today - whilst stocks last!
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That’s a nice gesture. Hope we all get through this quickly! We will miss our visits

Send me some out here guys please

Save us 2 pints of blonde. Crosshills Crushers on way 😁

That’s very generous of you. Have you any Guinness?

Mick Riddiough x free beer x

Chris Katie-Marie cracking excuse for a walk? 😉😉 xx

Joe Foxcroft-Lang

Neil Wheeler

Jim Cantley


Kelly Walton one for jay

Heather Cadwallader Naylor

Ben Loker

Sophie Hardisty Andy Lambert Amy Wiseman

Sue Morgan x

Paul Hunt Scott Arbuthnott

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