Off to Huddersfield today to laugh at Terriers fans still distraught at Sunday’s late loss, and to visit the Taps of up-and-coming breweries Magic Rock and Mallinsons. If they’re any good I’ll let you know.
But first, Worksop. On market day.
What a joy it is, one of the cheapest places in England to buy artisan bread and plastic toys.
And beer. I reviewed the Unicorn a year ago and it’s just as bustling today. Cask for about £2.50.
Of course, nothing undercuts Spoons.
Half the town (i.e. all the OAPs) are in here, though only I seemed desperate to use my Spoons vouchers for Q4 before they expire tomorrow and the amateur drinkers take over.
It’s a pleasing cask line-up, lacking the local microbrews from Dukeries and Welbeck but gaining a solid Thornbridge pale. I score it NBSS 3; would be higher but the glass was caked in muck at the rim and it had to be decanted into a clean glass.
Apart from that, I can’t fault the Liquorice Gardens, bustling and cheery and clean. A great place to observe Midlands life. And hats. If not cask being pulled.
Pleasingly, my Stilton and broccoli soup (£2.25 via the app) was served with a knife, as a little nod to the sword accompanying ErlangerNick on his tour of the UK.
Worksop has lost it’s trad pubs from the Beer Guide in the last decade, Unicorn apart, and with places called Fuggles and Brewery Tap and Opening Soon that’s unlikely to change.
But if Sam Smiths does fancy owning a pub here, this beauty would be ideal…