It was a typical scene - a shifty man with an indistinguishable bird of prey tattooed on his neck skulked around. Some teenage girls giggled over "Penistone". A man pulled three bags of Walkers French Fries from his rucksack and devoured them all within 5 minutes, with an air of routine monotony. It was a relief when I arrived in the well-to-do village of Tickhill, with a nice cricket pitch the centrepiece.
|Scarbrough in Tickhill, during a rare sunny spell.|
My policy of entering the left hand door of any pub in 2016 might have to change. Today, it deprived me of the supposed wonderful 'snug' with it's cosy atmosphere and barrel furniture. I could've even honed my bar billiards 'skills'. There was no door from one bar to the other, and the fact of taking my pint through the car park in a sleet shower in the weirdest late April ever didn't really appeal. This was mainly because the lighter more modern room was warm, comfortable, furnished to a very high level. Plus, an entertaining old man seemed to have just 'discovered' real ale and proclaimed he was going to drink a half of all of them, as though he'd invented that concept! He also commented he's been delighted to see real ale on at a recent funeral he attended. The staff deserve a special mention here, young barman took me through all the ales (the Two Roses White Rose was superb) and the landlord noted he didn't recognise me, always a mistake as I then bored him with BRAPA. His favourite ale town seemed to be Thorne, randomly, and his friend had just gone to Question Time and tried to ask a question about Pubs which Dimbleby was quick to shout down. I've never liked him. The pub smelt a bit like a Spanish Villa which was a pub first for me, and the only other people in the room were a Mum with her 'rocker' son who had a worse bladder than me, and I can tell you, this pub is a contender for heaviest toilet door in the UK. I'd recommend this pub to anyone.
|Inside the Scarbrough, note rocker son and Mum.|
|Squashed into the market place like a northerner on the tube|
889. Marketplace Alehouse & Deli, Doncaster
A friendly barman greeted me, and with the wintry conditions, I thought a nice Porter from Northumberland was the order of the day. For a modern place, this had a really good traditional feel to it, it was no Friends of Ham, though the food smells were the nicest ever in a pub probably since I was in Gateshead's Central all those years ago. A smiley girl and her faceless boyfriend were working their way through some very Deli looking food, a bit namby-pamby for my blood, but I could've murdered a scotch egg or pork pie at this stage but the porter was like a meal in a glass. These did not look like the kind of couple you'd see in the Little Plough or the Corner Pin. I once heard you could live in Guinness alone for 3 weeks, probably a month with this one! To keep up a theme of the night, the toilet door was stuck and a single cubicle like a micro-pub, but what was weird was that the coat hooks were within the toilet room, so it didn't feel right to linger. Anywho, a welcome addition to the Donny drinking scene and when Hull City play them in the league in two years, this might be my first port of call.
|Think someone's stolen the '&' letter from the sign.|
A group of pie-eyed local older ladies came along and asked in slurring tones if I could get them a "chunky chit-chat(!)" whilst I was there. That escalated quickly to a chicken wrap, and then became a request for a "58 year old single man with no ties". It seemed a fitting post-script to leave Donny on.