The Tut n Shive - Town Pub of the Season
What makes a good pub? A visit to the Tut’n’Shive will give you the answer. It’s one of the most popular pubs in town and has been voted Doncaster Pub of the Season Autumn 2015 by members of Doncaster and District CAMRA.
I first set foot in this pub when it was the Spread Eagle – more years ago than I care to report! Evidence of the original name can be seen in the stone decoration high up on the front of the building. Yes, you guessed it – it’s an eagle! Later, for a short while, the name changed to Joplin’s. I avoided the establishment during that period but I was back again when it became the Tut’n’Shive – the wonderful alehouse that we know today.
Nick Coster has been the licensee here for nearly 19 years. He reinstated real ale and the quality of his beer led to him being the first licensee in town to be awarded Cask Marque accreditation. He has retained this ever since. Two Greene King beers and up to four guest ales are always available. The ales, known as “local heroes”, often include those from Abbeydale and Kelham Island Breweries.
The pub opens from 11am until late (MonSat), and from 12 noon on Sunday. Reasonably priced food is available every day until 8pm. Apart from the excellent beer and food there are many more attractions. There is a very popular quiz on Sunday evening, on “Wine Wednesday” wine is available at only eight pounds a bottle, Thursday is poker night, and all major football matches are screened courtesy of Sky and B.T. There is also the famous juke box, playing rock standards. The “Tut” is, of course, well known for its unusual décor (the entire interior consists of reclaimed old doors, church pews etc.!). About three years ago, the toilets were refurbished to a high standard and are now amongst the best in town.
A friendly welcome can be guaranteed from Nick and all the hard-working staff. Assistant manager Liz, for instance, has a smile that would melt the stoniest heart. No matter how busy, she always remains unflustered, friendly and efficient. Pubs nationwide, please note - this is how a good pub should be!
Hickleton Village Hall - District Pub of the Season
A previous winner in 2007 and 2010, Hickleton Village Hall has now achieved a 'hat-trick' by winning the Autumn 2015 District Pub of the Season award. This Autumn also sees this venue hold the 2nd annual Hickleton Beer Festival.
Situated in the centre of Hickleton, overlooking the small village green, this hostelry has been the village’s “watering hole” for over a century.
Inside is more like a cosy, characterful pub than a typical village hall. It is actually a members social club with a difference in that it is managed and run by the local community.
Beer quality is key when we select our Pubs of the Season and on that score the club manager and local resident, Alan Watford, has clearly read the script as the real ales here are always in tip-top condition. The everchanging guest beers come from all over the UK and include the occasional local ale. During my visits this year I have sampled beers from Wales, Cornwall, Guernsey and the Isle of Skye.
A quiz is held every Tuesday evening and live entertainment is featured from time to time. In addition, special one-off gourmet evenings are arranged periodically throughout the year. For other special occasions there is an impressive function room available for hire. New members are particularly welcome here and CAMRA members are automatically affiliated to the club.
If you like hostelries which have a relaxed atmosphere, great beer and a friendly clientele, the Hickleton Village Hall will be right up your street. Please give it a try, you will not be disappointed.