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The Stockyard Truckstop, Hellaby Industrial Estate

Pub known as Harry's Bar after 80 years old Harry Bletcher who built most of the bar area and painted the pub sign. Timothy Taylors Landlord now on sale in what is described as a traditional style English pub built from reclaimed materials, including a cobbled street effect! Has its own take-away chip shop and good value carvery restaurant. The bar is open all day on weekdays only. Is this the only truckstop in the country to sell real ale?

The Plough Inn, Micklebring

Re-opened on the 29th March after refurbishment. The beer range has been improved with a monthly changing guest beer replacing the Marstons Pedigree. Other beers are John Smith's Bitter and Magnet. A non-smoking restaurant and snug area have been created.

Reresby Arms, Thrybergh

Theakston Best Bitter and John Smith's Bitter are the regular ales at this friendly local.

Three Horseshoes, Wickersley and The Hind, Whiston

Both pubs are being used by Bass to train staff for future pub management. Draught Bass is available at both pubs.

Golden Ball, Whiston

Changing guest beers now number 3 to 5, in addition to Taylors Landlord and Tetley Bitter. However, new owners, Bass Leisure Retail, have decreed that Draught Bass will have to be included in the near future. The pub will be closing later in the year for major refurbishment and expansion into the shop next door. Now home to the Sons of the Desert Laurel & Hardy Fan Club.

Limes Hotel, Broom Lane

Not now to become a tenancy after all so Eric and Carol are staying on. The pub was visited by Head Brewer of Wolverhampton & Dudley, John Doherty, in January to receive the award for Banks's Bitter for Bitter of the Festival at the Oakwood Beer Festival in 1999. It is thought that the publicity gained from this helped sway W & D into keeping Eric and Carol on as managers. The house next door has been purchased with a view to expanding the premises and the car park.

The Homestead, Wickersley Road

Did not close, as stated in the previous issue for which we apologise, as planning permission was refused for the substantial alterations proposed by Bass Leisure Retail. This would have meant felling protected trees and erecting large illuminated signs to turn it into a themed roadhouse. Local residents complained about the development and the loss of their local pub. The pub hasn't sold real ale for some years. Let's hope cask conditioned beer will make a comeback when it is refurbished.

High House/Carney's Bar, Town centre

Taylor's Landlord, and occasionally Morland Old Speckled Hen have joined the S. & N. beers recently. The pub has a late licence at the weekend, when live music is on.

Kingfisher, Town centre

Rotherham Branch Pub of the Season for Summer 1999, has now been featured in the Star newspaper's Pub Call feature, where they gave it a rating of 4 out of 5. Sandra and Steve Tasker have run the pub for Old Mill Brewery for the last six years. Bitter is 1.50 a pint, and Bullion 1.60 (sometimes replaced by another Old Mill beer). Disabled access is good for an old pub.

Effingham Arms, Bradgate

The only pub in Rotherham offering live music 5 nights a week with real ale. John Smith's Bitter and Magnet are the beers.

Richmond Tavern, Kimberworth

Another live entertainment venue, well known for it's food. Landlady Pat Haydon has had Stones Bitter on handpump recently.

The Manor Barn, Kimberworth

Built in the barn of the Kimberworth Manor, which is still to be seen at the rear of the pub. Live music in the upstairs room every Wednesday and the occasional Friday. The cask conditioned John Smith's Bitter & Magnet are both normally 1.50 a pint, but after 8 pm on Wednesdays they are 1.20 a pint !

The Travellers Inn, Thorpe Hesley

Just off junction 35 of the M1, this pub is technically on the Sheffield side of the motorway, tucked up a lane at the side of Thorpe Hesley Cricket Club. Run by Bill & Christine Knowles for the last 20 years, it is a free house with a large garden, a non-smoking conservatory restaurant, an aviary, and children's playground. After years of selling Stones, the pub now sells Banks's cask conditioned beers.

Effingham Arms, Town centre

Now under temporary management since the departure of Helen & Duncan McFarlane. It seems that the real ale range has now been reduced to just Fullers London Pride, Draught Bass and Stones Bitter.

Black Lion, Firbeck

Chris and Jill Jessop, formerly at the Harvey Arms at Finningley, have taken a lease on the pub. Up to 8 cask beers now on, including Barnsley Bitter and two rotating Wentworth Brewery beers. Plans to have a house beer brewed by Wentworth, and may also try a cask stout as a regular. At the rear of the pub two self contained apartments have been created, and reasonable rates for B&B are being charged. The price of food, both bar meals and in the restaurant, have been reduced to more reasonable levels.

Tut 'n' Shive, Town centre

There are now always two changing Wentworth Brewery beers on, along with Black Sheep Bitter, Boddington's Bitter, and two changing guests.

Moulders Rest, Masbrough

Has been sold by Pete & Julie to Punch Taverns, but they have stayed on as lessees. John Smith's Bitter replaced the Magnet, and the guest beer now comes from the Punch Taverns portfolio.

Charter Arms, Town centre

Marston's Pedigree has recently been available in addition to Mansfield Riding Bitter and Old Baily. According to Joe Walker, Cameron's Strongarm and Banks's Bitter will soon be on regularly. The seasonal offerings from Banks's/ Marstons may also soon be available.

Rhinoceros, Town Centre

During February the changing guest beers were all on sale at 1.00 a pint. For March/April these went up to 1.29! The manager is hopeful that Wetherspoons will allow him to keep guest beer prices at 1.29. He is also hoping to be able to replace the Boddingtons bitter with another changing guest, due to the falling sales of Boddies.

The Beehive, Harthill

Is still selling two changing Tapster's Choice guest beers, despite rumours to the contrary. This village local, opposite the church, is always worth visiting.

Plough, West Melton

Owners, Unique Pub Co., have stated their intention to discontinue selling Barnsley Bitter at the pub, and to offer only beers brewed by Scottish Courage.

Cat & Cabbage, Town Centre

Has restarted selling cask beer - John Smith's Bitter in place of Federation .

Crown Inn, West Melton

The availability of Barnsley Bitter has become somewhat erratic of late. Sometimes there is no real ale on at all.

Hatfeild Arms, Laughton-en-le-Morthen

John Smith's Magnet is now on sale in addition to Boddingtons Bitter. Good value food is also available.

St. Leger Arms, Laughton-en-le-Morthen

Barnsley Bitter is on regularly, in addition to Boddingtons Bitter and Whitbread Trophy. This is another excellent pub for food.

Travellers Rest, Brookhouse
Mick & Tracy have, we understand, left the Travs and are now employed by Old Mill helping with the commissioning of kitchen equipment in pubs. The company supply to a number of pubs in our area, including Nellie Denes in town and Sir Colin Campbell at Kimberworth. The Travs is still selling Hardys & Hansons Kimberley Bitter and Stones Bitter. At the time of writing. these beers are also to be found at the Colin Campbell.

Turners Arms, Holmes

No longer selling Marston's Pedigree. Tetley Bitter is now the only cask conditioned beer available.

Red Lion, Wath-on-Dearne

The only cask beer available is John Smith's Bitter, but it is reasonably priced at 1.50 a pint. The pub is well known for its weekly Folk Club, and involvement with the Wath Music Festival at the beginning of May.

Horse and Tiger, Thorpe Hesley

A Tetley's Traditional Ale pub, it is new tenants Roger and Sue Stevenson's first venture in the licensed trade and they have re-vitalised the pub. Tetley And Stones Bitter are available on hand pull. It is the only pub in the UK with this name.

Prince of Wales, Greasbrough

The excellent guest beers are still only 1.40 pint regardless of strength - no price increase after the budget. Add the over-sized glasses and you have a top value pub.

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