Two posts on Wath in a day, too. This is the impressive looking Spoons.
Despite seemingly having lost my remaining 50p vouchers, I reckoned the Church House was worth a visit because
- I wanted to see if the food was as bad as “they” say.
- I was intrigued to see if beer quality had dropped since my last visit in 2005.
- I needed a picture of a Yorkshireman drinking Bud through a straw.
- It was there.
No straws, perhaps they’ve been banned. Just a cheery open space with a good selection of pub life on a Tuesday lunchtime. The sort of mixed crowd some CAMRA folk seem to detest, in fact.
Spoons are no longer the Beer Guide shoe-in they were a decade ago in “emerging real ale” places like Wath, the Church House edged out by the Wath Tap this year.
And certainly I’m seeing a much tighter (some may say duller) ranges in Tim’s empire of late. These were the beers in St Neots (Hunts) last Thursday;
In contrast, Wath has some appealing beers, unless they’re survivors from last month’s Beer Festival.
Because I’d lost my vouchers, I went for the meal deal. Picking a beer between Ossett, Bradfield and Kelham Island isn’t easy, so I went for the one for the pretty label, as all #PubMen do.
A superb medium -rare sirloin steak and a top (NBSS 3.5) pint of Bradfield for well shy of £7, in a clean and cheery pub. As good a pub lunch as you’ll get at that price.
There’s some good discussion about Spoons food on CAMRA Discourse, which can be a scary place for unaccompanied adults to venture. As Pub Curmudgeon notes, stick to the steaks and you’re quids in.
The best thing to do about our national newspapers, now no more than expanded Twitter rants, is to ignore them and let them die.