The Puzzle Hall Inn

The Music & Real Ale Venue in Sowerby Bridge

You’ve Got To Love The Puzzle

Award Winning & Better Than Ever!

The Puzzle Hall Inn in Sowerby Bridge, near Halifax, in Calderdale is an award winning pub serving up real ales and excellent music, and is well known in this part of Yorkshire. The 17th Century building once included a brewery, the bottom floor of which now hosts live bands. Alternative, Jazz, Blues and Folk bands usually play Thursdays and Saturdays, and on other nights from time to time. We also run ‘Beatitudes’ on the last Sunday of the month, showcasing the best acoustic talent in the region and poetry is the first Monday of the month. In the summer we hold outdoor festivals – these have a massive following and we expand our range of real ales from 6 to 12. We also serve up several ciders, perries and bottled beers all year round. We have an outdoor area, perfect for sitting in the sun and well behaved dogs are welcome both inside and out. Despite being called an inn, we do not have accommodation.

Walkers, Cyclists & Canal Boat Owners

We’re positioned on Route 66, part of the Sustrans Cycleway that runs from Hull to Manchester, about 3 miles south east of Halifax. We’re at the start of the Calder Valley Cycleway, running from Sowerby Bridge, through Luddenden Foot, Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge, Todmorden to the border of Rochdale at Warland. We’re about 30 miniutes cycle ride on the canal from Hebden Bridge, an hour from Todmorden and and hour and half from Littleborough. We’re also the first pub you come to on the Rochdale canal, coming from the direction of Hebden Bridge. So, come down and take advantage of our friendly atmosphere, 6 real ales, open fires and free wireless. We have a covered outdoor area, ideal for cyclists and dog owners alike. No doubt you’ll meet some colourful characters here at ‘The Puzzle’.

Thai Food Nights at The Puzzle

We like to bring you the unexpected! Come down for authentic Thai food Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday between 5pm – 9pm and enjoy restaurant quality food at pub prices. Starters are usually £4, vegetarian main courses are £5.50, meat dishes £6.50. Meals can be made mild or spicy.


Many of the people you find in the Puzzle Hall are musicians, including a lot of the staff! We have a solid reputation for putting on some of the best talent on the scene today and have a knack for snagging some of the bigger bands you wouldn’t normally expect to see outside of large venues. All our gigs are free, so just turn up early and enjoy the show. Here are just some of the bands we’re proud to have had under our roof: The Jim Jones Revue, Gogo Penguin, Blue Rose Code, Fold, Hackensaw Boys, Louis Barabbas & The Bedlam Six, Thrill Collins, Bootylicious, Kirsty Almeida, The Good Moves, Cry Baby Aeroplanes, Alcoholidays, Blind Dead McJones Band, Billy Liar, Johnny Favourit (Austria), The Soul Circle Gang, Ivan Campo, Lovecraft, John Knox Sex Club, The Sweetness, Flipron, King Charles, Sam Amidon, Hannah Peel, The Virginmarys, bird-leftThis Frontier Needs Heroes, Extra Curricular, Plants and Animals, UncleJohnny, The Woodwards (Netherlands), Hot Club De Paris, Emma Tricca, Oh Ruin, Artur Dyjecinski, Random Hand, Rook and The Ravens, Thunderkids (Italy), Angelo Palladino, Ten Bears, The Travelling Band, Monolithic, Leif Vollebekk, Blue Roses, David Thomas Broughton, Ray Stubbs One Man Band, Buzzard, Spirit of John, X-Ray Cat Trio, The Mountains and The Trees, Just Handshakes We’re British!, The Cubical, Victor Brox, Jo Rose, Gabriel Minnikin, Dana Falconberry, Oh Ruin, Tiny Dancers, Matt Bauer (USA), Them Is Me (ex-Reef), The Nice Sharp Pencils, Black Bells (USA), Hey Sholay, Napoleon 3rd, Lonewolf, Wot Gorilla, The Steals, Darkher, Parkbench, Kathryn Edwards, A Genuine Freakshow, Folks, Ash Mandrake, Kidnap Alice, Straight Razor Angels, A Rookery, Octoberman, The Scaramanga Six, The Eureka Machines, The Black and Reds, Slowtorch (Italy), Kimbers Men, She Keeps Bees, Middleman, The Abc Club, Sketches, Stevie Williams, Kathryn Edwards, The Travelling Band, Butler Williams, Dry The River, Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols), George Borowski, Hafdis Huld, Hijak Oskar, Guy Connor, Apache Thieves, Jon Gomm, Tim and Sams Tim and Sam Band, Signe Tollefsen, Vessels, Bilge Pump, Sparrow & The Workshop, A Genuine Freakshow, Nice Peter (USA), Worried About Satan, Conquering Animal Sound, Being 747, Buen Chico, Pocket Central, James O’Hara, Sam Airey, Roger Davies, Mik Artistik’s EGO TRIP!, Sketches, Victor Brox, Adrian Byron Burns + hundreds more.