The Boxing Day floods

"It will stay in the memory for a long time, Boxing Day morning of 2015. It's supposed to be the busiest day in the festive calendar for The Stubbing. It all changed so quickly.

The river was trying to merge with the cellar, at first we thought we could control the problem by pumping out the water. However it was all in vain when the levels got so high, the electrics tripped and the pumps worked no more. We knew it was too late for the cellar and all the stock in it. All that lovely real ale unsettled by the mass of water, never to be consumed.

Our next problem was to try and stop the water entering the main part of the pub. Tables, barrels breeze blocks, we franticly found anything we could get hold of to keep the water out, it did not!

We had to go upstairs where we waited for hours, only able to watch the mass of water coming from the canal at the back and the river at the front. We have an external door on the higher level which backs on to the canal, it was inches from coming in but fortunately it did not.

The intensity of the water has meant that the main part of the pub will have to be striped out and put back, we will work with a designer and the construction company to get our pub back, and yes we will be back. Exactly when? This is still unknown but we are hoping to be open for the summer and with a slightly new look.

We have been so touched by how understanding and helpful everyone has been in the community not just to us, but to those so unfortunate to have damage to their homes and lost valued possessions, we would like to offer our deep condolences to all who have been affected.

We will keep you all updated to our progress via our Facebook and Twitter accounts, please ‘Like’ and ‘Follow’ to find out how the refurbishment is going."

Matt and Sally


1,200 businesses were flooded in Calder Valley on Boxing Day. The Calderdale Rising project is to support 74 of them to get back on their feet & smile again!



We look forward to welcoming you back to The Stubbing Wharf


The Stubbing Wharf is a traditional family-friendly pub on the west side of Hebden Bridge, just off the A646, between the river Calder and Rochdale Canal in the heart of the South Pennines.

The Stubbing Wharf is run by local chef Matthew Browne. "We've earned a great reputation for our food and extensive range of traditional, real ales, beers and ciders. We are perfectly situated for those wishing to explore the vast network of footpaths in the Upper Calder Valley."

Voted Hebden Bridge's Pub of the Year in 2013, TripAdvisor has awarded the Stubbing Wharf its Certificate of Excellence in 2013 and 2014. 
This places the Stubbing Wharf in the top-performing 10% of all businesses worldwide on TripAdvisor. It is given to businesses that consistently earn high ratings from TripAdvisor travellers. Many thanks to our guests who have provided such positive feedback.

Come and spend some time at the Stubbing and meantime, we hope you will enjoy a look around our website. Sign up for our newsletter 'Stubbing News' at the top of the page, and we'll keep you informed about what's going on, and special offers too."

The Stubbing Wharf offers a hearty welcome all year round. You can warm up by our roaring fire in winter and sun yourself on the towpath in summer - one of the best places in the valley to catch some fresh air and sunshine while sampling some traditional ales and quality food. 

The Stubbing Wharf is voted the Hebden Bridge Pub of the Year 2013 by the Hebden Bridge Times readers; and we're chuffed to bits! Click on the image below for the full story.

Many thanks to our friends and guests for voting for the Stubbing Wharf.