Reports from Tunbridge Wells, Stourbridge and Bethnal Green can wait. Have some instant blogging from the Dearne Valley.
An area famous for a Tory leader who set an example to us in keeping pubs going, coalmines and the Mexborough Concertina Club, it’s actually rather more agricultural and rural than expected on the approach from Donny.
As you can see from the OS extract, footpaths criss-cross the Valley, with some signposts rather hopefully pointing you to the Earth Centre, a millennium folly which even the collective might of South Yorkshire’s yummy mummies couldn’t keep going.
The last big spurt of investment in Wath was probably the Wetherspoons, whose pubs accounted for the bulk of new entries round here in the new century.
I arrived in the rain. I wasn’t going to catch it at its best. Is this even brutalist architecture ?
Still, plenty to see, and plenty of pubs. Open and closed.
Two ticks in Wath; a new Beer Guide pub and a Spoons steak. I would have searched the attractive-looking Wath Market for bargain cakes, but I was soaked.
I would have loved to bring you the “Wondrous Street Art of Wath“, but instead, here’s a chippy and a micropub.
I’ll wager you’re not surprised new Guide entry the Wath Tap is a micro, or that it looks like this;
As with Southampton’s Butcher’s Hook, the shop tiling gives it a bit of character, and although small I found plenty of seating, mainly because I was the only customer.
The range of beers was a bit wider than in the “Herne Rulebook“, which means it had the sort of beers people actually drink.
A cask range centred on some strongish local beers, a regular feature in South Yorkshire it seems. Even first out the pipes, the Fernandes was excellent. £2.90 for a cool, complex pint, an easy NBSS 3.5. Very pleasant service too.
I was able to nick some CAMRA magazines for Dick and Dave,which I shall forget to give them on their next trip from the States.
But the highlight is the register of Leeds drunkards. I may be meeting a couple of them later today.