And so to Darton, a solid looking bit of north Barnsley that has suddenly sprouted a couple of micro bars to entice you away from the town’s Conservative Club.
I’m more than slightly staggered to read the village has a population of 21,345, as many as Bridgnorth and Bewdley combined. It’s seemingly served by two new micro bars and a trad pub by the junction.
Perhaps the Old Sunday School will get turned into a Spoons when Tim has more time on his hands.
Dark Darton by now, as I waited for the clock to tick round to 5pm. The church is both awe-inspiring and spooky.
I walked past the Old Co-op thrice. The lights were on, a trio of people sat in the corner by the fire, but the sign against the wall said 5. “Open/Closed “signs on the door are so old-fashioned, aren’t they ?
At 5pm, with no movement inside, I gave the door a short pull. Nothing. Another walk round the block. Then a local tipped up, I gave the door a firmer pull, it opened.
“We were open, you should have pulled harder.” said our blunt owner.
I’ll be blunt. You should stick an open/closed sign on your door and stand at the bar when you’re serving.
The house beer is called Grumpy’s Ale, make of that what you will. As so often in this situation, the beer was superb, the Tim Taylor’s Dark Mild a 3.5/4 that I pointedly complimented our hero on.
I didn’t take any photos. It’s just a micro pub.