The Worksop Walk
The Worksop Walk - A walk through the town visiting nine of the pubs.
On our walk through Worksop we started at the White Lion which is at the southern end of the route and worked our way to the Mallard which is at the northern end and also at the railway station.
To get to the White Lion walk through the centre of town along the pedestrianised area, uphill on Bridge Street past the market square, with the cinema on the left, straight past Eyres furniture shop and onto Park Street and the White Lion is 150 metres on the right hand side. The former Wetherspoons pub, known to locals as the Top House, is now one of the Green King estate. There is a sizeable and tidy outside seating area and the clean and comfortable open plan interior has areas that offer some degree of privacy for drinking or dining. Three beers are usually available, the two regular beers White Lion Bitter (a bitter brewed for the pub by Green King) and Green king IPA and at the time of our visit the rotating guest beer was St Austell Tribute.
From the White Lion double back for 100 metres and on the same side of the road is Fuggle's Chapter One, a new and fine addition to the real ale scene in Worksop. The Fuggle Bunny brewery is at Holbrook near Sheffield and Chapter One is their first pub. The L shaped single roomed pub that has been refurbished to a high standard and has three changing Fuggle Bunny beers on the bar. Available for us was New Beginnings, Cotton Tail, Jammy Dodger and Orchard Gold; all were tried and all were enjoyed.
Out of Fuggles Chapter One and back along the pedestrianised area to the lights at the bottom of the hill, turn right onto Newcastle Street, cross over the road and Wetherspoon’s Liquorice Gardens is on the left. The large open plan interior is comfortable if somewhat regimented. Seven beers including beers from local breweries, often Milestone and Welbeck, and real cider are usually on offer. Milestone New World Pale and Marstons Old Empire were the beers our group sampled.
Out of the Liquorice Gardens and back to the pedestrian area and turn right. Keep straight on to Victoria Square where you take Carlton Road. Along Carlton Road almost to the railway crossing and The Station Hotel stands on the right hand side. An imposing building, the comfortable bar area is on two levels, the pub also has a separate dining room and a well kept garden area. The pub serves up to five rotating guest beers with Stancil Best Bitter, Moorhouses White Witch, Welbeck Abbey Portland Black, Oakham Citra and Abbeydale Moonshine available on our visit.
Across the road and into the railway station forecourt for the final destination. The Mallard is part of the railway station buildings and the back of the pub looks onto platform 1. The pub has a small bar area and downstairs a room where beer festivals are held (4 per year) and is also used for meetings and functions. The pub was the 2015 Nottinghamshire CAMRA Pub of the Year and was the 2020 North Notts CAMRA Pub of the Year. There are 4 rotating guest beers on the bar, one usually dark and one usually a bitter, and real cider. On the bar for us to sample were Ashover Citra, Industrial Brickworks Bitter, Heritage Masterpiece IPA and Wishbone Velvet Gloss Stout.
An enjoyable walk through the town, some good pubs although a little spread out.