In “Notes From A Small Island” Bill Bryson (an American without Dick and Dave’s taste in pubs) stops in Retford, noting its success in losing out to Worksop as HQ for Bassetlaw Council.
Four years later, the TASTE* team went on a pub crawl of Winfieldesque proportions, painting Retford as Gomorrah to Doncaster’s Sodom. Or was it the other way round ?
Looks quite peaceful on the map.
And the stroll into town from the south on a late Sunday afternoon makes it look bucolic.
A few years back Retford’s GBG quota was a trio of very basic (and therefore great) pubs like Brick & Tile. In 2018 we have three crafty/micro/beer bars, including a BeerHeadz which will be launching Cloudwater cask this week. Take that Worksop.
And this newbie;
Yes, the usual beer shop style we know and love, familiar to folk from Stockport to Hinckley to Falmouth.
With a tool theme.
There seems to be a house brewery too, which is what everyone wants these days.
Oddly, everyone was drinking that house beer rather than the beer on “special offer”. Ask Dick and Dave about the merits of beer on special offer.
The Harrison’s was very good, anyway, and only a few pence dearer than the Herts intruder.
Amongst the pints, one chap in a wooly hat (not that one) was drinking a pint of clear cider. That’s what he told me, anyway.
Great atmosphere, only let down by it being so cramped I couldn’t really enjoy it.
Ah, here’s news.
Yes, the micro pub going macro. I guess Duncan will have to go twice.
*TASTE – short-lived late 90s monthly featuring pub crawls from unlikely locations.