A few posts from the “M180 corridor” as I finish Lincolnshire, a large county rather over-represented in the Beer Guide if you ask me.
But I always welcome a trip to Barton-upon-Humber, which seems intent on giving all its pubs a crack in the GBG. Rotation, rotation, rotation.
I was last here for the Great Mass Observation of 2016, but neglected to bring you a picture of the train from Grimsby terminating at the picturesque station. Here you go.
A flying visit, so no time today to track down Barton’s gem, the house where Paul Hayes lived while playing for Scunthorpe United in the ’90s. But here’s a proper barber shop.
The White Swan lies across the road from the station entrance, and very handsome it is too. “Surprised I haven’t been here before“, I thought to myself, as I was nearly mown down by a white van while crossing the road while staring at What Pub on my phone.
At the door I spotted the GBG17 sticker.
Having finished Lincs last year, that meant one of two things. Either I lied about completing the county last year (ain’t nothing I can do about that) OR I‘d been here before. A ticker’s nightmare. I could have spent more time in Grimsby (said no-one ever).
I went in anyway, if only to try and jog my memory. It’s a bit sparse and modern, and the only two customers were about to leave. That happens to me a lot.
Quite a lot of beers on the bar, too. Recognising none of them, I went for the one with a bloke drinking beer on the clip.
Aaagh, a handle. Still, the Landlord was old school gem, and at least there were a) proper Carlsberg beer mats, b) NO jam jars.
And then I saw this is the/a Scunthorpe Pub of the Year. I’ll say this, what Scunny lacks in quantity it more than makes up for with beer quality. This was a Beer of the Month, despite the evil jug. Cool, rich, complex, bitter, NBSS 4.5.
I warmed to a naff soundtrack that ranged from “She’s the one” to “All I wanna do”, and my only warning is that the sexist pictures in the Gents will either have you heading to social media to complain/planning a return visit to North Lincolnshire (delete as appropriate).
This is the only remotely printable one.