NEW YORK, OLD ROTHERHAM

Four posts from a 44 minute stroll round Rotherham. Grief; wait till I get an excuse to go to Barnsley !

From the top of Moorgate Street looking down on the Wellington and the Cutlers you can see the hills of Sheffield, and New York (not New York).

I headed there now, stopping only to admire the pleasing way that nearly all the pubs disappear from What Pub when you limit your search to open pubs serving real ale.

Two Spoons (one smarter than the other), two Chantry pubs, that medieval beamed wonder on the High Street, the decent looking High House, and the wonderful Bridge so beloved of BRAPA.

More real ale in the suburbs these days, often in those marmitey micros.

There used to be Proper Pubs near Millmoor. home of the Millers. notably at the “lively” Moulders Arms.

But they moved the team to the soulless but commercially viable New York Stadium in 2008, unusually closer to the town centre than the rickety old ground.

These sort of house moves rarely end well (see: Reading, Coventry, Manchester City), but the Millers have carried on their yo-yo existence thanks to improbable goals like this one.

Alex Revell (ex-Cambridge) doesn’t appear on the Hall of Fame at the ground, which consists entirely of players from the time before the indoor market acquired a barber (Clive Mendonca excepted).

I read about a Groundhopper once who keeps a spreadsheet listing the career details of EVERY player he’d (definitely a HE) ever watched. Thousands of them. It wasn’t Duncan, Duncan doesn’t do spreadsheets, but I I do and might start one for Rotherham pubs that have ever graced the GBG.

I expect that this gorgeous abandoned factory outside the stadium will one day become a Brunning & Price,

just as the Loading Bay turned the old sorting office into the sort of trendy food court-cum-bar that Sheffield got with the Cutlery Works. Will it re-open ?

Will the Diamond Cabaret Bar really serve Double Diamond on cask ?

Questions, questions.

7 thoughts on “NEW YORK, OLD ROTHERHAM

  1. Those marmitey micros indeed – I’ve a feeling that the last few years might have crystallised a few people’s preferences re those in relation to “proper pubs”.

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    1. There’s at least 3 types. The ones that started in Kent and South-east London, run by blokes in their 50s for blokes in their 50s (says he) with horrible high tables ranged round the 2 walls and a deathly atmosphere. Then there’s the craft beer bar, often with a big takeaway trade, run by young couple in their late 20s. The micros in Rotherham, and Barnsley and Lancashire are often just small community pubs with as many women and younger people in drinking gin and beer at cheap prices. I like that 3rd type.

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  2. The Moulders has closed now hasn’t it? I have experienced it as a ‘home’ fan and refused entry as an away fan. On the refusal day we went to another pub over the bridge (I think called The Woodman?) which was accommodating for home and away fans. Lots of our fans in and we were even invited to join in on the raffle. Last visit (Moyes first game, if only we’d known… *shudder*) I loved the Cutlers but was suprised that I loved the New York Tavern much more.

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  3. “Grief; wait till I get an excuse to go to Barnsley !”

    Is there an IKEA there? 😉

    “and New York (not New York).”

    Must admit, I did a double take when I saw that in the title.

    “Two Spoons (one smarter than the other)”

    That would be the one on the right (i.e. left brain, right brain)

    “But they moved the team to the soulless but commercially viable New York Stadium in 2008”

    Blimey. Even their colours look like the New York** Giants football club.** And the ‘contact’ for what’s on is an email for Sodexo (catering). 🙂

    * – The one on this side of the pond

    **- The one that isn’t confused with soccer over here. 🙂

    “but I I do and might start one for Rotherham pubs that have ever graced the GBG.”

    Something to do while Mrs RM is wallpapering. 😉

    “I expect that this gorgeous abandoned factory outside the stadium will one day become a Brunning & Price,”

    Or a detention centre for those that refuse the vaccine.

    “Will the Diamond Cabaret Bar really serve Double Diamond on cask ?”

    If ‘Cabaret’ is Yorshirese for ‘double’ or ‘squared’ then, yes?

    Cheers

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