Spring Pub of the Season 2017
The Arcade Alehouse
This year’s Barnsley CAMRA Spring Pub of the Season award has been awarded to The Arcade Alehouse in the Victorian Arcade, Barnsley. This micro pub is one of Barnsley’s newest real ale outlets. This is a little micro pub that has gained high accolades amongst cask ale connoisseurs.
The idea behind the Arcade Alehouse micro-pub was originally conceived as a show case for Two Roses Brewery beer alongside real ales from other micro breweries. After looking round Barnsley for suitable premises it was decided that a former cake decorating shop in the Victorian Arcade was the most desirable location for Barnsley’s first micro pub.
Unfortunately not long after the work to convert the shop into a micro-pub began James the brewer became seriously ill and was eventually admitted to hospital where he spent seven weeks. The project nearly came to a standstill but the family with the help of friends managed to continue with the plans that were in place and the Arcade Alehouse opened a couple of months later than planned on July 15th.
In line with the micro-pub definition it is ‘a small free house which listens to its customers, mainly serves cask ales, promotes conversation, shuns all forms of electronic entertainment and dabbles in traditional pub snacks’. It is open Thursday to Sunday but it has also proved popular with football supporters on mid-week match nights.
The Arcade Alehouse has 6 hand pumps serving a continuous variety of cask ales alongside 3 or 4 real ciders, 2 craft lagers and a fruit beer, wine, prosecco and soft drinks.
The pub is run by James and Sue with the help of two staff, Kim and the manager Laura. Laura has brought with her a wealth of knowledge and experience in looking after real ale which is the main focus of the pub.
Barnsley CAMRA will be holding a presentation evening starting at around 8pm on Thursday April 20th. So why not come along and celebrate this little pub with a large heart.
James & Sue Taylor and Phil Gregg
Winter Pub of the Season 2016/17
This year’s winter pub of the season is the Huntsman at Thurlstone. The Huntsman has been a firm favourite with CAMRA members for as long as I can remember and a winner of numerous awards and a Good Beer Guide regular entry.
Situated in the west of our area in the pretty village of Thurlstone this lovely roadside inn oozes character and characters. The heart of the local community this thriving pub is a fantastic asset to the village and a popular meeting place to socialise and enjoy great real ale, music and food.
The job of running the pub has recently been taken on by new landlady Sam who had previously worked at the pub for a number of years. Sam has already made some changes such as increasing the opening hours, refurbishing the internal decor and adding locally sourced Pork Pies and homemade Scotch Eggs to the list of bar snacks.
The bar dispenses up to six cask ales from local and national breweries and also offers a draught cider.
On hearing the news Sam was overjoyed and paid great thanks to her loyal army of regular customers who make all the hard work worthwhile.
The pub runs events throughout the week. Monday night is darts and dominoes. Tuesday night is quiz night & an Acoustic jam session on Wednesdays. On the second Thursday in every month there is an Irish folk night, and on the fourth Thursday a Bluegrass night with live musicians. The pub also serves a popular Sunday lunch as well as regular theme nights.
Barnsley CAMRA will be holding a presentation evening on Friday January 20th at around 9pm. So please come along and help celebrate this fantastic community pub.
Due to sparse public transport to the pub, Barnsley CAMRA will provide a minibus to and from the Huntsman. You must book your place on this bus with Margaret Croft. (See contacts page from menu). The return price being £4 per person. This Minibus will depart the Old No 7 at 7.30pm and return from the Huntsman at 10pm.
Stagecoach bus service 92 runs every two hours to Thurlstone if you wish to use it the best times for the presentation are: Out at 6.33pm (arr 7.20pm); Ret 9.25pm (arr 10.24pm)
Current opening hours:
Mon - Thurs 5-11pm; Fri 3 - Midnight; Sat 12 - Midnight; Sun 12-11pm
Autumn Pub of the Season 2016
The Silkstone Inn
Congratulations go to the Silkstone Inn, Market Street, Barnsley which has been chosen as the Barnsley CAMRA Autumn Pub of the Season.
The pub was the 700th in the J.D.Wetherspoons chain and it opened its doors in September 2008. The building is a conversion of the former Co-op store.
The name of the pub refers to the Silkstone coal seams mined in the coalfields of South Yorkshire. The décor of the pub is also influenced by the coalfield theme.
OK, down to beer, as well as its regulars, it features an ever-changing range of up to three guests plus a cider with at least one beer being a LocAle. (The brewery being 20 miles or less from the pub.)
The pub hosts regular beer festivals and a cider festival along with other J.D.Wetherspoons pubs nationally, and has recently reintroduced Meet the Brewer Events. The latest was with Little Critters Brewery from Sheffield.
During the warm afternoons and mild evenings of Autumn sit outside (no-smoking area provided) and watch the shoppers pass by with the European style street drinking area.
The Silkstone Inn has a quiz night, this is held each Wednesday and starts at 8pm. It will be on a quiz night that Barnsley CAMRA will make the presentation to the team here at the Silkstone Inn. Pop this date in your diary, Wednesday 26th October at around 9pm.
As with all Wetherspoon’s pubs the team here raise money for charity. The pub has raised £18,603.37 for CLIC Sargent since opening, this organisation supports children and their families who suffer with cancer.
The management and staff here at the Silkstone Inn have put in endless hours in promoting real ale. These efforts will now be acknowledged again by Barnsley CAMRA with the pub picking up its second Pub of the Season Award, the first being Summer 2009.
This only leaves Barnsley CAMRA to once again thank the team at the Silkstone Inn for providing a great range of beers, a comfortable pub to drink them in and some great staff who genuinely seem happy to serve you. If it wasn’t for their enthusiasm to real ale, this pub wouldn’t be the award winner it is today.