Some very short posts for you as I have to check out of Halifax’s Wool Merchants hotel soon so we can get soaked finding the Piece Hall.
By last Friday James had decided the internet at Taylor Towers was insufficient for his purposes, and I took him back to Sheffield Uni ahead of exams this week. We were sad to see him go, but the 57% improvement in our own computing speed was a minor cause for celebration.
With a couple of days in South Yorkshire, I targeted completion of a tricky GBG chapter. Starting with two tricky ticks in what I think of as Posh Barnsley, cause folk dress up a bit on Friday nights. Come in to the GBG fold, Darton and Mapplewell.
Ten minutes on the train to Darton and then a walk uphill to Mapplewell (or is it Staincross ?) for a rare early Friday opener, according to the GBG and WhatPub;
Those look like very specific times, don’t they ? Of course, 3 months into GBG19 they’re already wrong, and I was suddenly faced with a two hour wait with no obvious free entertainment.
So I fell back on the usual standbys.
A giant burger in the Wentworth Arms washed down with a decent (NBSS 3+) drop of Acorn.
Alarm set in when I saw a GBG sticker on the window. I’d never been here, and it isn’t in the Guide. But the Wentworth’s sister pub over the road is. Is there a new rule that says you get in the GBG if you’re part of the same group ? That would save me from a lot of Brewhouses & Kitchens.
The Wentworth was empty, its sister pub was heaving at 3.30.
No obvious reason, just a bit cosier and full of Friday drinkers. By 9pm it’ll all be pashminas and Prosecco based on my earlier visit. A great black coffee and a smile was £2 (£2 without the smile).
Oh, and then I had a haircut. Number 2 at the sides, straight back is the actual name for it. Saved £2 on Cambridge prices but I did get asked if I’d had a nice day, which is a shame.
Would the Old Bakery be worth the wait ?