Pub Awards

Pub of the Season - Spring 2015

Doncaster Brewery Tap - Town Pub of the Season

donbrewerytapHow brilliant for Doncaster to have its very own brewery located right in the town centre! What’s more, the brewery has its own brewery tap – a marvellous pub in which we can all sample and enjoy the excellent Doncaster Brewery beers! In recognition of the quality of real ale to be found here, and the atmosphere of a proper community pub, Doncaster and District CAMRA have voted the “Tap” Doncaster Pub of the Season for Spring 2015.

Ian and Alison Blaylock launched the brewery in 2012 on Clay Lane West, a couple of miles to the North East of the town, and regularly held open days when the general public could go and enjoy a convivial time drinking the beers. The brewery tap was opened in Young Street in town in January 2014 and the brewery itself was relocated to these premises in May of the same year.

This has become a very successful pub for the community. Although converted from a shop unit, this is everything a proper traditional pub should be. Ian and Alison are the sort of licensees who give a warm welcome to their customers and actually engage them in conversation. No lack of eye contact here or the impression they couldn’t care less whether you stayed or left as is the case, sadly, in so many licensed premises. Ian and Alison quickly become valued friends. It is also a pub where other customers will chat to you. Indeed, this is a proper pub!

Very importantly from a CAMRA point of view, and to all discerning drinkers, there is always a good selection of Doncaster Brewery beers available (The names of which usually have a Doncaster theme) plus a guest beer, often from Great Heck Brewery, and a large selection of real ciders and perries. What more could anyone ask for?

There are also other points of real interest at this hostelry apart from the excellent beer. The Green Oak Morris Men meet here every Wednesday evening, there is a Spoken Word evening every second Thursday ( A pub with culture!) and on the last Friday of every month Phantom Cinema present a film in an upstairs room! Booking is certainly advised for this last event as seats are very quickly snapped up. Being upstairs, the film evening has no adverse impact on customers who just want to drink and chat. There are also regular live music events. The pub is open every day except Monday and the hours are as follows – 5pm till 10 pm ( Tues and Wed), 12 noon till 10pm ( Thurs, Fri and Sat), and 12 noon till 4pm ( Sun ).

Baxter Arms, Fenwick - District Pub of the Season

Alan and Caroline Clarke have been licensees at the Baxter Arms, Fenwick, for over 25 years. It has been in the family ever since it was altered from a farm house to a pub (Which makes a change nowadays) and has been in the Good Beer Guide since 2011. It was one of the pubs we called at on our Charity Walk from Askern to Stainforth a few years ago and we always enjoy calling here on our bus socials. If you can find a volunteer to be a “designated driver”, it is well worth making a visit to this lovely pub where you will find a warm welcome.

Situated on Fenwick Lane, it is a free house with three real ales on offer with Theakston’s Best Bitter as a regular and two changing guest ales - often from York or Leeds breweries. When we went recently York Brewery’s Beta Max and Leeds Pale were on offer with C o t t a g e Brewery’s Giant Killers in waiting.

There is a comfortable lounge with an open fire, a small bar also with an open fire and a third with a snooker table. Darts and dominoes are played and there is a quiz on a Wednesday night from 9pm.

The pub is open Tuesday to Sunday from 12 to 11pm and Mondays from 5 : 30 to 11pm. Locally sourced home cooked food is available to order every day from 12 to 10pm except Wednesdays when it finishes at 9pm. Tea, coffee and a cake are also available.  There is a seating area at the front of the pub and a large lawned garden with a swing and a slide.