AUTUMN/ WINTER PUBS OF THE SEASON Huntsman, Thurlstone and Tap & Brew, Hoyland
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PUB OF THE SEASON AUTUMN PUB OF THE SEASON The Huntsman, Thurlstone Any visitors who call in will ďŹ nd a very warm welcome. Food is served Tuesday evening and Sunday afternoon. Down the stairs to the rear of the pub is a hidden gem â€“ the secluded southfacing garden. Barnsley CAMRA will be presenting the award on Friday, 23rd November at around 9pm. A bus will leave from Old No.7 in the town centre at 7.15pm â€“ seats need to be booked with me (contact details on Branch Officers page) Margaret Croft Our pub of the season for autumn 2018 is once again one of Barnsley CAMRAâ€™s favourites â€“ the Huntsman. It stands on the main road running through the village of Thurlstone to the west of Barnsley and has won numerous awards over the years. The Huntsman is very much the hub and heart of the local community. It serves six real ales, three of which are changing guests, plus Old Rosie cider. A busy calendar of events includes traditional pub games on Mondays, a popular quiz night Tuesday and acoustic jam sessions on Wednesday. The second Thursday each month sees Irish folk music, with Bluegrass and Jazz on the fourth Thursday. Throughout the year, fundraising events are held to raise money for local charities. Landlady Sue has run the pub for over two years after working there for some years previously and she says that the community and loyal customers make all the hard work worthwhile.
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WINTER PUB OF THE SEASON Tap & Brew, Hoyland Common on Friday 25th January, around 9pm – so please come along and help celebrate this fantastic community pub. Getting to Hoyland Common by public transport is easy. The 66 bus leaves Barnsley at 7.35pm and stops outside the pub. The return 66 leaves at ten minutes past the hour from a stop ﬁve minutes away on Sheffield Road. As we go to print, a Stagecoach Evening Rider costs £2.50 and is valid after 6pm on all local Stagecoach buses.
Our winter pub of the season is the Tap & Brew micro-pub, a must visit in Hoyland Common since it opened in June 2017.
Current opening times of the Tap & Brew are 1pm-11pm Mon-Wed, 8am-11pm Thu-Sat and 12noon-11pm Sun.
The Tap & Brew was converted from a Victorian tea room, retaining its ﬁne overmantle and ﬁreplace. It has quickly become popular with local folk, stocking a good selection of bottled beers and a range of gins alongside the regularly changing cask beers and ciders. Food served includes breakfast Thursday, Friday and Saturday, when the pub opens at 8am, plus lunchtime offerings of paninis, sandwiches, jacket potatoes and salads. Afternoon teas are also available. Different events are organised such as quiz nights, open mic (ﬁrst Sunday of the month) and live music. The pub is available for private functions so could be closed if a special event is on – these are well publicised on their Facebook page. Board games and local history books are free to use and walkers and dogs are welcomed. The pub owners were over the moon to be told of the award and we’ll be making the presentation
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HANNAH AT THE HOB It is all in the name. The Campaign for Real Ale has always campaigned for more than real ale speciﬁcally ﬁghting for the rights of drinkers, licensees and small brewers. I am thinking about clarity on glass sizes, the display of prices at the bar & exposing fake handpumps etc. etc. Recent discussions have been about real ale and craft ales. Real ale being beer that still contains live yeast & craft ale being beer produced by a small brewery that focuses on distinctive ﬂavours. It may be real ale or pasteurised beer with no living yeast. Real ale contains live yeast which continues to develop the ﬂavour of the beer. Quality beer produced by smaller producers costs more to produce & I expect to pay more but I do not want to pay premium prices for a drink that has been produced by a large brewer but presented as an artisan craft beer. As a consumer I want to make informed decisions. It is all in the name. In the summer I enjoy spicy food especially lamb, but I do not enjoy new season lamb, it is tasteless. In Italy and Spain, I have seen menus with milk lamb. This is baby lamb that is not fully weaned as is suckling pig. I started looking at deﬁnitions and found that lamb is a sheep that is between 1 month & a year old & without a full set of teeth. A hogget is between 1 year and 2 years old & a sheep over 2 years is mutton. Mutton is not tough old meat but a tasty product that is becoming sought after, with good reason. I was also thinking about ginger beer & ginger ale and how they differ. My mother used to make ginger beer from a ginger plant that she kept warm on the kitchen window sill. It was not a pot plant but a jar of slimy yeast that needed feeding with sugar. The process being like making yogurt at home. Ginger beer is nonalcoholic but produced by fermenting yeast, sugar and spices. In contrast ginger ale is carbonated water ﬂavoured with ginger & also non-alcoholic. Little Valley Brewery, based near Hebden Bridge, produce a Ginger Pale Ale that is a beer in the way that we understand the term beer because it is based on malted barley, yeast and hops. The label states that it is an organic bottle conditioned beer. I bought mine at Cannon Hall Farm shop. Bottled conditioned means that the yeast is still alive. I have been reading about a Belgian beer producer that is not a brewer because he buys in beer & blends it to further ferment producing a different tasting drink.
He is using the dry and sour tasting Lambic beers that contain wild yeast blended with Saison beer which is a pale & gassier. I was surprised by this idea of blending, but UK brewers sometimes produce a festival ale that is a blend of their regular beers. Then again porter was originally a blend of bitter stout and malty mild. When is a brewer not a brewer? All this deﬁnition business is making me hungry and thirsty so time for a recipe.
LAMB STEW WITH GINGER PALE ALE (stew is cooked on the top of the cooker & a casserole in the oven)
Ingredients 1 kg cubed lamb or mutton Salt and pepper 100 grams butter 3 large onions (chopped) 1 teaspoons tomato paste 250 ml Ginger Pale Ale (Little Valley) 1 Bay leaf 3 cloves of garlic (pressed or chopped) 50 grams of fresh ginger (chopped) 3 teaspoons English mustard 3 tablespoons of fresh parsley (ﬁnely chopped or crushed)
Method Lightly fry the lamb cubes in the butter until golden brown then remove them from pan. Add the onions to the pan & fry for a few minutes, add the tomato paste plus most of the ginger, garlic and mustard. Add 200 ml of the Ginger Pale Ale & the bay leaf. Put the lamb back in the pan and add salt and pepper. Simmer with the lid on for at least 2 hours on a low heat. I prefer to use a slow cooker. Add more Ginger Pale Ale if required. 5 minutes before serving: add the remaining garlic, mustard and ginger. Bring to a gentle boil for 5 minutes. Add more Ginger Pale Ale and salt/pepper as required, plus parsley. Serve with potatoes/rice/crusty bread and a green salad/broccoli plus more Ginger Pale Ale. www.littlevalleybrewery
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Wortley Men’s Club is once again CAMRA’s Yorkshire Club of the Year, making this the ﬁfth consecutive year it has won the title – an amazing record. Regional Director Kevin Keaveny said ‘this ﬁfth win in a row shows the Club’s continued commitment to high standards. It also shows that a club in a village can thrive if the management offers the members the products, facilities and levels of service this requires.’ Congratulations to Steward Nigel Pickering, wife Teresa and all the team. Yorkshire Pub of the Year is the communityowned George & Dragon, Hudswell, near Richmond which also won in 2016 and 2017 and was national Pub of the Year in 2016. Runners up were the Kelham Island Tavern, Sheffield and the Victorian Craft Beer Cafe, Halifax.
Congratulations, also, to Acorn for picking up a Bronze award for Barnsley Bitter in this year’s Champion Beer of Britain contest – a terriﬁc achievement. The following pub companies are seeking new tenants for pubs they own locally: Admiral Taverns – Old Bridge Inn, Monk Bretton and Hoyle Mill, Barnsley. Ei Group – Pack Horse, Royston, Lundwood Tavern, Hemingﬁeld, Bridge Inn, Thurgoland and Rose & Crown, Hoylandswaine (the last two noted as ‘under offer’) Punch Taverns – Rusty Dudley, Goldthorpe Star Pubs & Bars – Chambers, Barnsley, Alma Inn, Wombwell and Cross Keys, Darﬁeld.
The new Acorn Beer Club sees the brewery opening its doors on the last Friday of each month (16.30 to 21.30) to ale lovers who sign up. Membership is free and allows you to buy a ticket for each event – the £5 cost includes a free pint. Members also receive a monthly newsletter and 10% off in the brewery shop. Info at www.acorn-brewery.co.uk/acornbeerclub
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Phil and Vicky retired from the Milton Arms, Elsecar at the end of October, but not before receiving a Commitment to Real Ale Award from the Branch. The pub has been bought by True North Brewery who also own the excellent Crown & Anchor, Barugh Green. Also retiring, after being there 17 years, are Tony and June from the Engineers Arms, Higham. Elsewhere in Higham, the Cricket Club now offers two real ales. In Great Houghton, the Houghton Arms has reopened after a brief closure. New landlady Caroline Clarke also runs the nearby Middlecliffe WMC. She is from the area and is passionate about supporting the local community. Real ale will return to the bar.
A new local brewery is Outhouse, currently ‘cuckoo’ brewing on the Jolly Boys plant. Their Ged (a 3.8% pale ale) has been spotted at the Tap & Brew, Hoyland Common. A group in Penistone, led by Marc Cooling, aims to open a community-owned alehouse in the town. Throughout the country, many community groups have taken on existing pubs but to create one from scratch in this way would be a national ﬁrst. The search is now on for suitable premises with the post office building being one possibility. Two pubs closed for some time – the Black Bull, Stairfoot and Fountain Inn, Ingbirchworth - have been sold recently but the intentions of their new owners are not yet known.
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RANDOM RAMBLES No.2 - Worsbrough Village to Penistone So, how this works is that I draw from a hat the names of two places in the area and visit pubs there and at two places in between. Unlike last time, these places were a nice distance apart and with a choice of routes between them.
Off then up the hill to Worsbrough Village, where the stone-built Edmunds Arms occupies a lovely position opposite the church. It’s larger inside than the exterior might suggest. Left as you enter are three small inter-linked rooms, all with their own character – we sat in the furthest one, a really pleasant space with stone-ﬂagged ﬂoor, close-beamed ceiling, framed old adverts on the wall and an assortment of period-style furniture (plus, like the other rooms, a very plain but distinctive ﬁreplace). Going back to the entrance, if you go straight ahead, through a drinking corridor, you come to a large, plush lounge with, beyond that, a dining room.
Our route took us through Birdwell then right down Pilley Hill where the Cock lies at the village extremity. This Good Beer Guide regular is a popular spot, renowned for its grub, and we found the car park full on a Sunday lunchtime (but its easy to park in the road). Inside, many customers were tucking into the great value Sunday lunch (£10 for two courses) with most in the separate Saddle Room so the main L-shaped bar didn’t seem too foody. The real ale line up was Chantry New York Pale, Marstons 61 Deep, Thwaites Bitter and Tetley Bitter with Old Rosie cider also on handpull. The attractive bar has a slate ﬂoor, big windows, lots of comfy bench seating, beams, brasswork and old village photos. The large, enclosed garden was well populated on a sunny day – pity about the unavoidable noise from the M1 behind the trees.
Being a Sam Smith’s pub, only one real ale is offered, their malty OBB, but at £2 a pint and in excellent condition, you can’t complain. Sam’s also do some tasty keg beers (the Extra Stout is especially good) while the bottled ales are well worth investigating (the Nut Brown Ale is my favourite). No nonsense bar food is available much of the time – choice is limited but reports say portions are generous and value is good.
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The journey from here to Penistone offered a choice of calling points but we plumped for Thurgoland and the Green Dragon. Under its current stewardship, the pub has really upped its game on both the beer and food fronts. The four real ales were Abbeydale Moonshine, Bradﬁeld Farmers Blonde, Caledonian Autumn Red and Theakstons Old Peculier, with my drop of the ﬁrst in superb nick. In the large zig-zag main bar, most tables were set for food though the area adjacent to the counter is more for justdrinkers. The semi-circular counter itself is very handsome. Left of the front door is a small room dominated by a pool table. We had a look at the menu and quickly agreed this was somewhere to return and eat. The choice is huge and includes separate grill, vegetarian and slimming menus – plus meal deals most days e.g. Curry and a Pint for £9.95 on Thursdays. When I looked on Trip Adviser, the last 16 reviews had all given the food ﬁve stars!
by landlady Gill. We also liked the screens showing old silent movies. There’s a separate restaurant area, with a mezzanine bookable for private parties, plus a big function room popular for weddings, parties etc. The bar food menu featured departures from just the usual with the likes of Beer Meatballs, Three Bean Chilli and Halloumi among the mains. Their Yorkshire Tapas sounds intriguing – it includes Bread & Dripping and Toad Int’Oil. The set price lunch looks good value so another place to try. An enjoyable second outing then with all pubs providing well-kept beer and, very importantly, a consistently great welcome. Plenty more places in the hat though. Paul Ainsworth
“IT’S NOT ROCK ‘N’ ROLL, BUT I LIKE IT”
Finally, into Penistone where the real ale choice is sadly limited for a place of its size. However, at the bottom of the hill near the A628 junction is the White Heart, also home to the Penistone Brewery. Two of their beers were on the counter but the Damson Blonde had just ﬁnished so I settled for Ambers Brew, a well-balanced ‘brown bitter’. Acorn Malthouse was on the third pump. Whereas the other three pubs had all been traditional in their décor, the White Heart is unashamedly contemporary and pulls it off in some style. Walls are boldly black and white, the furniture is quirky and varied (with some great lozicky options) and there are original art works
One Day Like This
Rock ‘n’ Roll Star
Not Nineteen Forever
January – February
March – April
May – June
Ever Fallen in Love
July – August
September – Mid November
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BARNSLEY CHOMPS As with most of us, Jane and I love a bargain and the ‘Two for £x’ deals available at many pubs often hook us in. We’d heard good things about the nosh at the Keys, Hoyland Common so further news about their ‘2 for Tuesday’ cheapest-main-meal-free offer seemed too good to miss.
The Keys reopened in December 2014 after a £500k reﬁt, banishing memories of the moribund Cross Keys which used to occupy the edge of town building. It now sports an openplan layout but with a variety of seating areas; lots of tables are set for food but lots aren’t so drinkers will feel equally comfortable. The ambience is stylish and contemporary. You can access the deal between 6pm and 9pm and when we arrived shortly before six the place was already pretty busy (it was heaving when we left). Drinks ﬁrst, with the choice of real ales being Acorn Barnsley Bitter and two from Sheffield’s Little Critters, Blonde Bear and Shire Horse, both of which were very good (especially after the generous 50p CAMRA discount). The ‘2 for Tuesday’ menu comprised four dishes at £10, one at £9 and a Chef’s Weekly Special at £12. Options other than our choices were Haddock & Chips, Beef Burger, Falofel Burger and WholeTail Scampi and Chips.
I opted for the Special, an Oriental Chicken Stir-Fry. This arrived as a generous bowl of well-spiced noodles, plentifully laced with juicy chunks of chicken. The chilli sauce provided a pleasing but not at all over-powering kick. The dish was slightly more salty than I’m used to (we tend to minimise the stuff at home) but that didn’t detract from a genuinely pleasurable eating experience. Jane’s Steak & Ale Pie was attractively presented though it might have looked better on a white than a near-black plate, a colour that does little for most food. It was accompanied by chunky, skin-on chips (pronounced yummy) and a helping of mushy peas. As a conﬁrmed puff pastry phobe, Jane was pleased to ﬁnd a short-crust topping and even more pleased with the numerous chunks of dropping-to-bits steak swimming in rich gravy (ﬂavoured with good old Hendo’s as well as beer) Appetites were largely sated by now but I couldn’t resist a Creme Brulee (£5) as I continue my search for one as good as I had in Cambridge about twenty years ago. This wasn’t it – lovely crème, not enough brulee – but it was jolly good and came with a glorious chunky biscuit. We’ll certainly try the Keys again. The normal menu has around 14 mains at £10-£15 plus a selection of starters and sharers. You can also get two steaks for £25 on Thursdays. Something else which hugely impressed us here was the extremely friendly and attentive service from the bevy of waitresses – we couldn’t have been better looked after.
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20 miles Brewery to Bar CAMRA LocAle - the accreditation scheme to promote pubs and clubs that sell locally-brewed real ale, reducing the number of ‘beer miles’ and supporting your local breweries. Listed below are pubs and clubs in the Barnsley area. These outlets should regularly serve at least one real ale that is 20 miles or less from the brewery to the bar. Anglers Rest - Wombwell Arcade Alehouse - Barnsley Ardsley Oaks Club - Ardsley Blacksmiths Arms Millhouse Green Bridge Inn - Thurgoland Cawthorne Club - Cawthorne Cherry Tree - High Hoyland Cock Inn - Birdwell Commercial - Barnsley Comrades Club - Cawthorne Conservative Club - Barnsley Conservative Club - Darﬁeld Crystal Palace - Thurlstone Crown & Anchor - Barugh Green Crown Inn - Elsecar Darton Tap - Darton Dearne Tap - Bolton on Dearne Dog and Partridge - Hazlehead Fitzwilliam Arms - Elsecar Furnace Inn - Hoyland Fox and Hounds - Shafton Fox House Inn - Carlecotes Horseshoe - Wombwell Houghton Arms - Great Houghton
Huntsman - Thurlstone Joseph Bramah - Barnsley Keel Inn - Barnsley Keys - Hoyland Common Knave & Kestrel - Hoyland Longcar - Barnsley Maison Du Biere - Elsecar Market - Elsecar Miners Rest - Old Town Old Coop Alehouse - Darton Old Bakery - Mapplewell Old Moor Tavern - Broomhill Old Number 7 - Barnsley Old Post Office - Haigh Penistone Church FC - Penistone Penistone Cinema - Penistone Picture House Tap - Goldthorpe Queen Victoria - Darﬁeld Redfearn’s Bar - Barnsley FC Royal - Barugh Green Rose & Crown - Hoylandswaine Saville Square - Hoyland Common Shakespeare - Barnsley Shaw Lane Club - Barnsley Silkstone Golf Club - Silkstone
Silkstone Inn - Barnsley Smithy Arms - Oxspring Spencer Arms - Cawthorne Sports/Social Club Hoylandswaine Talbot Inn - Mapplewell Tap & Brew - Hoyland Common Temple of Muses - Barnsley Tipsy Cow - Barnsley Travellers Inn - Dodworth Waggon & Horses - Langsett Wentworth - Tankersley Wentworth Arms - Mapplewell White Heart - Penistone Wortley Arms - Wortley Wortley Hall - Wortley Wortley Men’s Club - Wortley Updated October 2018
How can you help? Watch out for pubs displaying the LocAle sign. Order a LocAle beer. This may be highlighted with the LocAle Crown on the pump. Enjoy the quality local real ale Ask your local if they can stock a LocAle real ale or contact Barnsley CAMRA if you would like us to speak to a licensee about LocAle on your behalf.
LocAle Pub Sudoku Sudoku rules are easy: Fill all empty squares so that the letters (Upper and Lower Case) from ‘LocAle Pub’ appear once in each row, column and 3x3 box.
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SAMPLING NON-ALCOHOLIC AND LOW ALCOHOL (UP TO 0.5%) BEERS Someone’s Gotta Do It! After more than 40 years of enjoying drinking real ale as well as, more recently, delicious craft beers, I have had to give up alcohol for medical reasons. There is a limit to how much fruit juice I can drink and I am appalled by how much some pubs charge for lime and soda. These drinks are too sweet after acquiring a taste for wellhopped, the-more-bitter-the-better beers, and they are not a good accompaniment to savoury food.
it came out of the can ﬁzzy it tasted ‘ﬂat’. My assessment of Kandi’s MALZ Alkoholfrei is very similar. It has a dark, reddish brown colour resembling ale with a feint malty aroma and ﬂavour but is very sweet. However, St Peter’s Brewery’s WITHOUT ORIGINAL Alcohol Free Beer 0.0% is the best of the malty ales I’ve tried with its pleasant colour and aroma; it is lively on the palate although ﬂat in the glass and with some bitterness to balance the sweetness.
This was acting as deterrent to my enthusiasm for visiting pubs, which has been one of the things Paul and I have taken great pleasure in doing together for many years as Life CAMRA members. So, I embarked on a quest to ﬁnd a palatable substitute. The term non-alcoholic can be misleading as some beers state 0% alcohol while others claims to be less than 0.5% alcohol. I am pleased that supermarkets are now stocking a variety of such beers.
Nirvana Brewery’s TANTRA 0% was a pleasant surprise on the menu in a delightful café in Barnard Castle. This pleasant and refreshing golden coloured beer contains wheat, which gives it a slight but distinctive aroma; it tastes like weak tea and is not at all sour like some wheat beers. (Nirvana Brewery are based in Leyton, London, and seem to specialize in alcohol free beers but I haven’t succeeded in sourcing their Kosmic Stout, Karma Pale Ale, Sutra IPA and Chakra IPA).
The ﬁrst ‘beers’ I came across were lagers but I’ve never been a lager drinker as the ones I’ve tried abroad, when that was the only ‘beer’ available, were uninspiringly bland. I was not, therefore, surprised to ﬁnd that the non-alcoholic versions I tried were generally anodyne and one dimensional with almost no aroma or ﬂavour. Fortunately, over the last six months more ‘ales’ have become available. As a former fan of Brewdog’s Punk IPA, the ﬁrst ale I tried was Brewdog’s NANNY STATE 0.5%. This has an attractive dark amber colour, which looks like the real deal but sadly isn’t. It is slightly bitter and not unpleasant but ‘lacks something’, which it obviously does – alcohol. Although
I had almost reached the conclusion that breweries must be unable to develop tasty hoppy beer substitutes until I tried Mikkeller Brewery’s ENERGIBAJER 0%, purchased from Beers of Europe near King’s Lynn. Despite its off-putting garish label, which shows two androgynous runners hi h is i printed i t d reaching the winning tape on which the name of the beer, as soon as I opened the bottle I liked the hoppy aroma. The golden liquid was appealing but the ﬂavour was amazing –
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bitter, hoppy and slightly fruity. So much so, I checked the label to make sure I hadn’t picked up one of Paul’s alcoholic beers by mistake. (Mikkeller ‘Guest’ Brewery is in Denmark but this beer is brewed in Belgium, the home of some of the best beers in the world! They also brew Racing Beer 0.3% and Henry and His Science 0.3%, which I am keen to try). I completed an online form to ﬁnd out stockists anywhere near Barnsley or how to order a case online for a reasonable price and was extremely impressed by the speed of their response and attempts to be helpful. Unfortunately, they were unable to provide names of other stockists in England and I couldn’t justify spending £90 on having 30 bottles of beer delivered. H However, I have since f found several other superb b beers without alcohol at a f fraction of that cost. Brutal B Brewery’s PISTONHEAD F FLAT TIRE Non-Alcoholic ( (0.5%) ‘dry hopped lager w with Mosaic Hops’ is b brewed in Sweden and it is t too good to be described a ‘lager’. Neither its name as n label on the can with nor s skeleton head do justice to the quality of the tasty golden liquor. Lively as poured, the aroma complements its delicious hoppy, citrus ﬂavour and it is well balanced rather than bitter or sweet. I have been unable to ﬁnd cans locally but, fortunately, Morrisons began in July to stock St Peter’s Brewery WITHOUT ORIGINAL GOLD Alcohol Free Beer 0.0% in the distinctively shaped bottles with very tasteful labels at a very reasonable price. ‘Gold’ is a lively beer that keeps its sparkle; it looks attractive and tastes great with a mix of hops, citrus and malt, being both slightly sweet and bitter.
Around the same time, Wetherspoons started selling bottles of Adnam’s GHOST SHIP Alcohol Free Citrus Pale Ale, which I also recommend highly. Adnam’s Brewery is in Southwold and they deserve this quality product being made widely and easily available. It is lively, d well balanced with a pleasantt bitt bitterness and delicious citrus ﬂavour. As fans of the chain, Paul and I can now say “Cheers!” with our respective beers ….
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HORSES LOVE IT Back in the day, Fullerâ€™s beers were transported through the city using horse and wagon. The horses would get thirsty and the drivers would give them a bottle or two. Soon the horses developed a fondness IRU RXU Ă€QH DOH DQG LW JRW WR WKH SRLQW ZKHUH WKH\ refused to drink water. So, in effect the wagons were powered by Fullerâ€™s beer. These days we use vans for those narrow London streets, but no oneâ€™s tried
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Fullerâ€™s beer in the fuel tanks, yet. Is that possible?
AWAY ALES The season is under way and the Reds have had a better start than usual with plenty of goals and clean sheets home and away. The 2019 CAMRA Good Beer Guide will provide hostelries to enhance our travels as always. 27TH NOVEMBER – SUNDERLAND The Dun Cow on High St. West was winner of CAMRA/Historic England conservation awards in 2015 after a major refurbishment. Six handpulls feature a local beer and other guests. 8TH DECEMBER – WYCOMBE WANDERERS The Bootlegger is a spacious alehouse on Amersham Hill opposite the Railway Station. Ten handpumps and an extensive menu for bottled beers should provide enough of interest. 22ND DECEMBER – BLACKPOOL The Pump and Truncheon on Bonny Street, just off the Golden Mile, is a police themed bar offering 6 guest beers plus real ciders. Close to the police station.
9TH FEBRUARY - GILLINGHAM Gillingham has 3 entries in the 2019 GBG and the best bet would appear to be the Will Adams a GBG entry for 25 years. Three real ales are the norm but more on match days and “away fans are always welcomed”. 23RD FEBRUARY – PORTSMOUTH Another long trek south and probably a tough game with one of the current high ﬂiers in League 1. With 14 GBG entries in 2019 there is a lot of choice in Portsmouth but I suggest the Rose in June on Milton Road in the Milton district, around 5 minutes walk from the Fratton Park ground. Serving 5 real ales normally including 3 changing guests, the pub is a community hub with lots to offer. Let’s hope our away trips are more successful this season – Come on You Reds!
1ST JANUARY – LUTON TOWN The Black Horse on Hastings Street, just off the town centre, offers 3 changing beers often including local beers from Leighton Buzzard, Oakham and Tring. 5TH JANUARY - OXFORD UNITED We are spoilt for choice with Oxford pubs but their 2018 city pub of the year, the White Hart on St. Andrews Road in Headington, opposite the church, may be worth a try with usually 5 beers on offer. 19TH JANUARY – AFC WIMBLEDON The new 2019 GBG shows only one pub for Wimbledon, the Hand in Hand at 7 Crooked Billet on the edge of Wimbledon Common. Up to 8 real ales available with local beers a feature.
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HOP ON THE BUS The nights are drawing in and the pubs are easier to ﬁnd with their beaconing lights enticing passersby in for a drink and/or bite to eat. Today we are visiting ﬁve pubs, two of which are outside the Barnsley CAMRA area but a £2.50 Evening Plus Stagecoach bus ticket gets you there and back. This ticket is valid after 6pm while a £4.40 Day Rider Plus is valid all day. Both tickets give you unlimited travel on Stagecoach Buses in the Barnsley area. (Prices correct at time of going to print, visit goo. gl/RyyaVQ for up-to-date prices). The buses that cover all the stops for the pubs on this Bus Hop are 226 and 22X - other buses that cover the route but not all stops are the 222 and X20. We head out from Barnsley Interchange and our ﬁrst stop, after about 13 minutes, is the Ash Inn, Wombwell Lane. Hop off the bus and the pub is at the bus stop. The Ash Inn is a small well-furnished pub set back on this busy road. The bar area welcomes drinkers with high chairs and tables. The lounge caters for diners and drinkers while a small dining area is to the left of the bar. The Trans Pennine trail passes at the back of the large child friendly beer garden, while outside the front is a covered seating area. Food is served every day (Check times on their website or WhatPub.com) except Mondays. On my visit I had the choice of Black Sheep Best Bitter or Black Sheep Holy Grail. Back on the bus and off to our next pub, the Horseshoe, High Street, Wombwell. This is a 6 minute ride on the 22X or 11 minutes on the 222 bus. Either way, you alight the bus near the Horseshoe pub on Wombwell High Street. The Horseshoe is a large splendid red brick pub built in the nineteen thirties to replace an earlier terraced pub of the same name on the same site. It was converted well into the Wetherspoons style with a large open space divided into convenient comfortable areas which allow the provision off several different pub experiences within one space. Beers are sourced from local and national breweries and up to six can be available. Cider is also available. The pub is open from 8am every day and food is served till 11pm every day.
Once you have ﬁnished here you have a choice of a quick hop on a bus to the Anglers Rest or a 6 minute walk. I walked… But then I even walk from Cudworth to Wath! The Anglers Rest is a small pub and brewery tap to Geeves brewery, the landlord being the founder of the father and son brewery. This is very much a locals’ pub though warmly welcoming all visitors. The emphasis is on friendly chit chat and banter over an excellent pint of Geeves or a guest beer from a range of small breweries. Opening times are worth noting - 5-11 Mon and Tue; 5-8 Wed; 5-Midnight Thu-Sat; 12-8 Sun. However, on the second Wednesday of the month, the pub is open till 11 for the ever popular music night. So on from the Anglers we head to Wath-onDearne. Catch the 226 or 22X, both taking just 11 minutes to get to Wath-on-Dearne bus station. You can see the Church House pub from here but ﬁrst we have a two minute walk to the Wath Tap, 49 High Street. The Wath Tap is Rotherham’s ﬁrst micro-pub; it opened in March 2016 and was once a butcher’s shop. On offer are up to six real ales on any one time, mostly from local breweries, plus ﬁve real ciders. The chalk board lists the beers and ciders that are on. You can bring your own food to the pub from the nearby takeaways. A small seated area is at the front of the pub. Now to our last pub for this trip, the Church House, jjust a couple of minutes walk back. The Church House is a large J.D.Wetherspoons pub with an impressive frontage set in a pedestrian square in the town centre, with easy access to bus services just a minute away across the square. It was built in 1810 and consecrated by the nearby church in 1912. It became a pub in the 1980s, and then a Wetherspoon outlet in 2000. it serves a wide variety of beers from both national and local brewers and offers real ciders or perries. Back in Spring with another interesting pub crawl. Have Fun. Nigel Croft
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DESTINATION DARTON For many years, drinkers in Darton had just the one pub, the Rose & Crown. Things started looking up a few years back when real ale appeared there then, last year, outlets doubled with arrival of the excellent Old Co-Op micropub. Delight is now threefold because the Darton Tap has opened further down Church Street.
The Tap owners are Ian Simpson and David Staniland. Ian has 25 years experience in the trade working for Bass then Molson Coors while David, now semi-retired, has a background in garages. The premises were formerly part of David’s wife Katie’s business and became available when she consolidated into the unit next door. This opportunity formed part of the answer to my ﬁrst question to Ian – why Darton? The other main reason is that he and Dave see similarities to Mapplewell up the road – a concentration of excellent outlets in a place easy to access by public transport, with Darton even having a railway station. There are two well-regarded curry houses as well as the three pubs so all the ingredients for a great night out.
The Tap is perhaps better described as a small pub rather than a micropub. The front part is quite spacious with bench seats and loose table and chairs. A narrow section with more bench seating sits alongside the bar counter before you get to an intimate area at the back. The interior was professionally designed (by Rachael Easton of Wakeﬁeld outﬁt Nanu Soda) and it shows. Walls are a mix of exposed brick, wallpaper, wood-blocks and painted plaster while the ﬂoors are part wood, part tiled. The hessian-covered cellar wall features a huge photo of the former Woolley Colliery – can you spot the coal seams? The varied lighting is an especially attractive feature. But what of the beer, you ask? Four ales rotate on handpump – on my visit Tap Watta (a rebadged house beer from Molson Coors) and offerings from Two Roses, Geeves and Rat. The large range of quality kegs includes two from Irish brewers Franciscan d ciders id l th ’ Well plus fruit beers and plus there’s plenty more in bottles and cans, one a great favourite of mine – Saison Dupont from Belgium. Low alcohol and gluten-free beers will also be available. Ian is keen to ensure not only that there’s something for everyone but that customers are encouraged to try new taste experiences – and he’s training to be a Beer Sommelier with this in mind. The pub is closed Mondays then opens at 5pm Tue-Thur, 2.30 Fri and 12 Sat-Sun.
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MUSES GET THEIR TEMPLE BACK and other distinctive touches. The upstairs hadn’t been used as a drinking space before but there’s now an attractive, tall-ceilinged room with a slightly raised area likely to be used for live music – a small bottle bar may also be added. This gives on to a very unusual feature for Barnsley – a sheltered roof terrace which is bound to be popular in good weather.
Temple of Muses, Grahams Orchard sounds rather too bucolic an address to be in central Barnsley, but that’s where the town’s latest real ale outlet can be found. The former Browne’s bar was bought earlier in the year by Jon and Claire Chambers and thoroughly refurbished, bringing new life to the historic building it occupies. The original name of the pub was either Temple of the Muses or Temple of Muses – nobody is quite sure; a 1954 painting by Melvin Robinson shows the former (and that it was a Barnsley Brewery house, but few town pubs weren’t at that time). Anyway, it’s a great name and lovely to see it back. Jon and Claire’s background is in food, including an innovatory burrito bar at Meadowhall but, as beer enthusiasts, they’d always hankered after a pub, so long as the right building in the right place with no beer tie came along, and now it has. The building was in a bit of a state and needing stripping right back in the ﬁrst instance. Fortunately, Claire is a designer by trade so was able to bring her skills to bear on what is now a stylish but nicely quirky ground ﬂoor. The old Browne’s always had a good atmosphere with its low ceilings and pillars but this has been greatly enhanced by the tasteful colour scheme, the eccentric collection of pictures on the wall, the large comfy Chesterﬁeld chairs and sofas
On the beer front, the Temple is completely free of tie. When I ﬁrst visited, the four handpumps were all occupied by Saltaire beers (no problem there) but the changes have been rung since then (including the magical Titanic Plum Porter). Quality keg beers include the superb Beavertown Gamma Ray plus beers from the UK, Belgium and Hawaii (from Kona Brewery, a new one on me). A wide selection of interesting bottled and canned beers completes the picture. There’s no food at the moment but the likes of paninis and tapas will probably follow. This is a great addition to the ever-improving Barnsley beer scene. It’s open 5-11, Wed-Thur, Noon-12.30 Fri-Sat and 4-11 Sun.
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NEW ORDER FOR BLACK MONKS and historian, Malcolm Lister (who still owns it), and the restoration included using hydraulic jacks to raise the whole structure by six feet. Malcolm converted the building for pub use and the end result was an award-winning triumph, including the Conservation Category in CAMRA’s 1992 Pub Design Awards. It closed as a pub in 2007 after being ﬂooded then reopened as an Italian restaurant. Earlier this year Malcolm re-possessed the property, discovering an unauthorised change – a cannabis factory in the cellar!
The Mill of the Black Monks, Cundy Cross has been described as ‘the oldest pub in Britain.’ It certainly isn’t that but, happily, can once more lay claim to being the pub in the oldest building. The Mill dates back to 1150, when it served nearby Monk Bretton Priory, but parts may be as old as 700AD.
Anyway, the bl black days are b behind the Mill A th k d hi d th because new tenants have taken over and it’s once more a pub. Emma and Lee Bailey previously ran Bailey’s Cafe in Barnsley Market and the now-sold Kitchen Bistro on Pitt Street. They’re both local people and had always loved the building so were delighted at the chance of a ten-year lease. Needless to say, they found the Mill in a terrible state and when I visited in mid-September, the renovation work was still under way in the upstairs areas, though not far from completion. By the 1980s, the building had fallen into disrepair and had suffered extensive subsidence. It was rescued by local architect
This really is a wonderful building. The main bar is on the ground ﬂoor – it has hefty stone walls, ﬂagged ﬂoor and huge beams supporting
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the ceiling and is hugely atmospheric. Lee is pleased that the walls are so thick that phone signals can’t get through so customers are obliged to talk to one another. There’s also a separate children’s playroom. Upstairs is a splitlevel restaurant area, again with massive beams and many original mill features. Above that is another large room which will probably be used for functions and as a ‘ﬁne dining’ area. The well-wooded beer garden is a delightful space at the back.
day every other day except Sunday evening. Lee and Emma have great hopes for newlyrecruited chef Tim and the sample menus on their Facebook page look suitably enticing. The Mill is reputed to be haunted by its former occupants – you can understand why the monks would now want to come back.
Acorn Barnsley Bitter is on handpump with Little Critters excellent Chameleon among the keg offerings. A good range of bottled beers also includes some from Little Critters plus the likes of Brewdog and Black Sheep. When I visited, food hadn’t started but it will be in full swing by the time you read this. The pub is closed on Mondays but there will be food all
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COMPETITION WIN A TENNERS WORTH OF REAL ALE Congratulations go to Nicola Hirst from Gawber who correctly identiﬁed the pub in the last edition as the Fitzwilliam, Barnsley. Nicola will be enjoying a tenner’s worth of beer at the Commercial, Summer Lane, Barnsley. So it’s your turn to try and win some beer. Simply name the pub in the picture. This pub is still standing but has been converted to ﬂats for quite a number of years now. To enter, simply send: (1) Your answer, (2) name and address, (3) name of a pub/ club where you will drink your tenner’s worth of beer, and (4) state that you are 18 or over (people do still miss this out and we simply cannot accept their entry). Please submit your answers by email to firstname.lastname@example.org k or ttextt tto 07736288072 07736288072. Closing date is the same as “Copy Deadline”. Correct entries will be entered into a draw to take place within a week of the closing date. Good Luck… Text messages and emails will be deleted after the draw. We will not pass on any details or keep your information.
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Barnsley Pub of the Year 2018
WORTLEY MEN’S CLUB Wortley Club of the Year 2018
Hoyland Common Winter Pub of the Season 2018/19
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Elsecar Summer Pub of the Season 2018
Thurlstone Autumn Pub of the Season 2018
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THE COCK INN Birdwell Spring Pub of the Season 2018
Thanks go to: The Miners Rest, Old Town, The Silkstone Inn and Arcade Alehouse, Barnsley, Wortley Men’s Club, Wortley, Maison Du Biere and Crown Inn, Elsecar, The Tap and Brew, Hoyland Common, The White Heart, Penistone and the Wentworth Arms, Mapplewell for hosting recent CAMRA events.
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SOCIAL EVENTS CALENDER NOVEMBER FRI 23rd HUNTSMAN, Thurlstone. Meet from 8pm Autumn Pub of the Season presentation. Bus from Old No.7 at 7.15pm, returning at 10pm. Seats must be booked. TUE 27th WENTWORTH ARMS, Mapplewell. 8pm Branch meeting and social. Bus 1 at 7pm or X10 at 7.10pm.
DECEMBER SUN 9th. PUB SURVEY Meet Arcade Alehouse at 12noon for 12.30pm departure. Return by 6.30. Seats must be booked.
TUE 29th. DOVE INN, Doncaster Road, Barnsley. 8pm Branch meeting and social.
FEBRUARY SAT 16th. CONSERVATIVE CLUB, Pitt Street, Barnsley. 12Noon for 12.30pm start. Branch Annual General Meeting, followed by social round town. TUE 19th. JOLLY TAP, Northgate, Wakeﬁeld Beer tasting of Jolly Boys brewery so off to their brewery tap. 7.27pm train to Kirkgate. TUE 26th. HORSESHOE, Wombwell. 8pm. Branch meeting and social. 226 bus at 7.20pm
TUE 18th. ANGLERS REST, Wombwell Beer tasting evening for Geeves beers. All welcome to come and join us. 226 bus at 7.15pm.
JANUARY TUE 8th. SILKSTONE INN, Barnsley, 7.30pm Good Beer Guide selection meeting. TUE 15th. WHITE HEART, Penistone Beer tasting evening for Penistone Brewery beers – all welcome. Train at 7.16pm or 21a bus at 7.10. FRI 25th. TAP & BREW, Hoyland Common. Meet from 8pm Winter Pub of the Season presentation. 66 bus at 7.35pm.
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