The Criterion Hotel, previously known as Newill's Hotel from 1868 to 1874, was a hotel and restaurant situated on the corner of Westgate and John William Street. It is believed to have existed for 20 years.
In November 1870, Newill was awoken by the sound of bottles exploding and discovered a small fire in the spirits vault, believed to have been started by "a rat nibbling at a box of lucifer matches until they ignited." He was able to extinguish the fire using buckets of water. When he died in May 1873, his widow Elizabeth Newill took on the running of the hotel until the following year.
The next landlord was John Stringer who renamed it the Criterion Hotel and then extended into an adjoining property to create a restaurant. In September 1876, a case was heard as to whether or not the original alcohol licence was valid for the restaurant, as its public entrance was separate to the existing hotel entrance on Westgate. In the end, the Bench compromised by allowing the existing licence to cover the restaurant on the strict proviso that alcohol never be served on a Sunday.
Licencee George Boothroyd (aged 44) died after taking a tumble down the cellar steps on Sunday 11 May 1884. He was found unconscious and, by the time Dr. Clarke was eventually summoned, had died. According to a brief comment in the Huddersfield Daily Examiner in 1914, the hotel closed on 25 June 1887 which likely explains why it is not marked on the 1887 Insurance Plan of Huddersfield.
In recent decades, the building has continued to be used as a restaurant.
n.b. dates are when the licence was transferred
Although not marked as a hotel on any available maps, newspaper articles named the hotel and restaurant as being on the corner of Westgate and John William Street and the location is confirmed in the archive photograph shown above.