I have an affection for Doncaster that I’d rather not explain on this blog, but don’t be surprised if my will reveals a bequest of £29.95 for the upkeep of the Hyde Park cemetery. And I make sure my annual shopping trip to buy a new pair of jeans is to the Next Outlet on the edge of town.
BRAPA is particularly cruel about this giant amongst the pantheon of South Yorkshire towns; probably something to do with an incident near the snack machine at the Bus Station.
The best architecture in town is the external tiling on the Leopard, which may be a bit unfair on the Minster.
And there’s some evolving artwork in the market place, though this is not yet of Sittingbourne standards.
Clearly Donny doesn’t come alive until well after 6pm.
Now, if Doncaster CAMRA were kicking out all their classic corner pubs in favour of craft bars and micros I’d be worried, but the Corner Pin, Leopard and White Swan survive, so all is well with the Donny world.
In fact the Queen has replaced it’s sister bar, the rather more gastro Market Place Deli, which I liked, and the continued absence of Cask Corner (R.I.P.) showed that a vast changing ale range and CAMRA discount alone won’t keep you in the Guide.
But it clearly helps…
As with Simon, I found a bar aimed squarely at the towns crafty youth (“Twouth” ?) with four customers, but sadly lacking the bag lady debating the merits of Piper’s.
And just as Simon found Farraro Rocher (sic) beer, so I found a Dime Bar ale from Imperial, who should know better but then they come from Mexborough.
“Why can’t they make beer out of beery ingredients like they used to ?”
Actually, the beer was decent enough (NBSS 3+), the staff cheery, and I introduced the half-pint to every corner of a quirky pub that clearly comes alive when the music starts or the crafterati arrive on the train from Goole.
I’ll go again, no doubt trying the craft keg, and if I find a great curry house to match the pubs, I’ll let you know.