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Pubs of the season

The Beehive

Rotherham Branch voted The Beehive at Harthill the Winter Pub of the Season 2000. It is a lively traditional pub in the old village of Harthill. It is well served by public transport so you will be able to enjoy one of the best kept pints of Timothy Taylor Landlord for miles around. They also serve Tetley Bitter and a guest beer which was Greene King Abbot Ale at the time of our last visit. The bar is run byHilary whilst husband Jim looks after the kitchen and a warm welcome is always given by them and the staff. There are two rooms for drinking and dining in, served from the central bar, another room with a full-size snooker table (one of only about three in the branch area) and a function room upstairs. The famous Harthill Morris dancers are based here.

The Black Lion

The Black Lion at Firbeck was voted Spring Pub of the Season 2000. This fine pub is set in the quiet and tranquil village of Firbeck and is a regular in the Good Beer Guide.

It is ably run by Chris and Jill Jessop who serve fine food and beer. The beer range is extensive: John Smith’s Cask & Magnet, Ruddles County, Barnsley Bitter, Stones Bitter. One of the three changing guest beers is usually a Wentworth brew and there is Belgian Hoogaarden Wit Beer on draught.

The food is good as well judging by the popularity of the pub with diners who have the choice of either a bar meal or eating in the restaurant. Accommodation is also available. The pub walls are almost entirely covered with old photographs and prints on various themes which will keep you occupied whilst you enjoy the pub. As recently mentioned by one of our branch members, the prints in the splendid Gents toilet are a must see.

The Stockyard Truck Stop

The Stockyard at Hellaby was our winner in the Summer Pub of the Season 2000 voting.

The Truck Stop down Hellaby Lane is one of Rotherham’s hidden jewels. Run by Trevor Potts and his wife Jo, they cater mainly for lorry drivers but the general public are just as welcome. In Harry’s Bar, Trevor serves one of the other best pints of Timothy Taylor Landlord, which is his own favourite beer. He also has Theakston Cool Cask which is proving popular.

The Stockyard, incidently built with reclaimed materials, also houses an excellent and good value cafe and Lilly’s fish and chip shop. Note it is open Monday to Friday all day and Saturday mornings only. You are guaranteed a friendly reception.

These pubs may be slightly off the beaten track, but it is well worth the effort of venturing a little further afield and visiting any of them. You might be surprised at what you find but you certainly won’t be disappointed.

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