Another post for those of you keen to see my in-laws saving pubs.
On Saturday, as per my detailed itinerary,
The in-laws were impressed, particularly with the rows of workers cottage and the Newcomen engine at the old colliery. I had to photograph it through the railings, which is why it looks like an art shop.
Both car parks were packed, with gentlefolk arriving to have tea and cake and craft beer and peruse auction catalogues.
With its stone cottages, rambling parkland and superb Chinese takeaway, the village looks a place you’d like to live in, EVEN if you were a Southerner.
But what about the pubs ?
Well, there’s half a dozen to choose from, but having made two octogenarians walk 2 miles I picked the closest.
“I’ve been here 15 years ago” I said, “scoring the Barnsley Bitter NBSS 3.5“.
“Will they remember you ?” said my father-in-law.
Standing at the door peering in, it looked completely empty at 1pm on a Saturday.
Oooh, is that Stones ?
“Have you booked ?” said the nice man. I stifled a laugh. He checked his book, and ushered us to a vast conservatory added since my 2006 visit. It was PACKED.
True North*, a Brunning & Price for the under-45s, run this place. You’ll know them from the Riverside, York and many other South Yorkshire dining pubs that don’t feel very pubby. Phew, the in-laws weren’t going to get accosted by a sweary,wheezing bloke nursing a John Smiths here (shame).
I’ve two things to tell you.
- The fish and chips are the best I’ve had since The Barge in Grimsby. Honest.
2. Their recreation of Stones is pretty good, and sticking to the lone cask pump is a masterstroke.
But if you want a pub, head for the Crown, or our mate Brad up the road in Hoyland’s Furnace.
After that the in-laws couldn’t move, but I made them walk round Wentworth Gardens, whose sunken gardens and deer park did indeed cost only £1.25, as explained in my flawless itinerary.
I’m calling the deer William, after Hague who has a road named after him. You remember William, the lad who drank 12 pints of John Smiths while helping out on the dray ?
I miss William.
*I’ll be honest; I get confused by all the North Brewing, North Bar, and Northern Monks so I may have got the facts wrong. Again.