Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale

Branch Pub Of The Season Awards

The branch makes regular seasonal awards to pubs and clubs across the borough. We have had to stop these due to Covid-19 and will start again when we can. Below are some of our recent award winners.


Spring 2019 Pub of the Season

Congratulations to the team at The Wentworth Arms, Mapplewell for picking up Spring Pub of the Season from Barnsley CAMRA. The pub opened in May 2017 after a local couple bought the former restaurant on the site and extensively refurbished inside and out, exposing the original stone and brick both externally and internally, making it more in keeping with the rest of the village. The large building, just set back from the main road on Greenside, is now back to its original name and again a popular traditional, community pub, albeit with a modern twist. There’s a large beer garden to the side and rear and a large car park to the front - though Mapplewell has a good bus service with the Number 1 and X10 running well into the evening each day. And remember that Stagecoach have an Evening Plus ticket that costs just £2.50 for unlimited travel after 6pm. The Wentworth Arms team have a passion for real ale and craft beers. Almost all of the cask beers are Locale, with changing cask beers from the likes of Nailmakers, Acorn, Jolly Boys, Revolutions and other Yorkshire breweries. A fine range of changing craft beers is also on sale. Beers currently available as well as those waiting in the cellar are frequently updated on the pub’s website, plus Facebook, Untappd, Twitter and Instagram. In January the pub hosted its second successful four day Tap Takeover, with North Brewing Co from Leeds taking over all four cask lines and three keg lines for the event. At the same time neighbouring Talbot Inn hosted a Tap Takeover by Thornbridge Brewery, who similarly took over the four cask lines and three keg lines for the event. The previous takeover was hosted by Magic Rock brewery. For the non-ale drinkers there’s a wide selection of lagers, cider, gins, wines, cocktails plus coffees and tea, so no reason not to call in. A bar menu was introduced in late 2017, consisting of a mix of traditional pub classics and modern alternatives such as pizzas, burgers and sharing plates. There is also live music every Saturday and Sunday evening. Barnsley CAMRA will be making the presentation of Spring Pub of the Season to Paul, Tracey and the team at The Wentworth Arms on Thursday 4th April, meeting up at around 8pm for the presentation at around 9pm so please come along and congratulate the team for being a fantastic village pub. Opening times: 4-10pm Monday & Tuesday, 4-11pm Wednesday & Thursday; 12 noon-Midnight Friday; 10.30-Midnight Saturday; 10.30-10.30pm Sunday. Food times: 4-9pm Wednesday and Thursday; 12-9pm Friday; 10.30am-7pm Sunday. Nigel Croft


WINTER PUB OF THE SEASON – Tap & Brew, Hoyland Common

Our winter pub of the season is the Tap & Brew micro-pub, a must visit in Hoyland Common since it opened in June 2017.

The Tap & Brew was converted from a Victorian tea room, retaining its fine overmantle and fireplace. It has quickly become popular with local folk, stocking a good selection of bottled beers and a range of gins alongside the regularly changing cask beers and ciders. Food served includes breakfast Thursday, Friday and Saturday, when the pub opens at 8am, plus lunchtime offerings of paninis, sandwiches, jacket potatoes and salads. Afternoon teas are also available.

Different events are organised such as quiz nights, open mic (first Sunday of the month) and live music. The pub is available for private functions so could be closed if a special event is on – these are well publicised on their Facebook page. Board games and local history books are free to use and walkers and dogs are welcomed.

The pub owners were over the moon to be told of the award and we’ll be making the presentation on Friday 26 January, around 9pm – so please come along and help celebrate this fantastic community pub. Getting to Hoyland Common by public transport is easy. The 66 bus leaves Barnsley at 7.35pm and stops outside the pub. The return 66 leaves at ten minutes past the hour from a stop five minutes away on Sheffield Road. As we go to print, a Stagecoach Evening Rider costs £2.50 and is valid after 6pm on all local Stagecoach buses.

Current opening times of the Tap & Brew are 1pm-11pm Mon-Wed, 8am-11pm Thu-Sat and 12noon-11pm Sun.

Nigel Croft


AUTUMN PUB OF THE SEASON – The Huntsman, Thurlstone

Our pub of the season for autumn 2018 is once again one of Barnsley CAMRA’s favourites – the Huntsman. It stands on the main road running through the village of Thurlstone to the west of Barnsley and has won numerous awards over the years.

The Huntsman is very much the hub and heart of the local community. It serves six real ales, three of which are changing guests, plus Old Rosie cider. A busy calendar of events includes traditional pub games on Mondays, a popular quiz night Tuesday and acoustic jam sessions on Wednesday. The second Thursday each month sees Irish folk music, with Bluegrass and Jazz on the fourth Thursday. Throughout the year, fundraising events are held to raise money for local charities.

Landlady Sue has run the pub for over two years after working there for some years previously and she says that the community and loyal customers make all the hard work worthwhile. Any visitors who call in will find a very warm welcome. Food is served Tuesday evening and Sunday afternoon. Down the stairs to the rear of the pub is a hidden gem – the secluded south-facing garden.

Barnsley CAMRA will be presenting the award on Friday, 23 November at around 9pm. A bus will leave from Old No.7 in the town centre at 7.15pm – seats need to be booked with me (contact details on Branch Officers page)

Margaret Croft