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 Bunny 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 four 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.
Left out of Chapter One back towards the market square and turning left at Eyres onto Westgate, continue along the street for 200 metres and the Shireoaks Inn is on the left. This two roomed free house, a previous winner of CAMRA POTS (pub of the season), is renowned for value for money home cooked food and has been owned by the same family for over 30 years. Originally three cottages, the layout has been altered and extended to meet modern day needs, hence the large dining area. Sport can be seen on tv and on the bar there are usually three rotating guest beers. For our choice were Mordue Workie Ticket, Marstons Pedigree and Courage Directors.
Out of the Shireoaks Inn, down the hill to Newcastle Avenue, turn right for 50 or so metres and cross the road for the Dukeries Brewery Tap. The downstairs room is where beer festivals and functions are held and where the brewery is planned to go and the Tap is upstairs. Not a large room but it is comfortable and the windows look out onto the downstairs room. Four/Five beers from the Dukeries range are always available plus real ciders. On our visit Heritage Pale, Chapmans Map, Black Swan and Farmers Branch were available.
Out of the Dukeries Brewery Tap turn left and walk to the lights, cross the road and walk onto Bridge Place and the Unicorn is on the left. An imposing stone built structure owned by Amber Taverns, the large open plan pub was refurbished in 2013 and offers comfortable surroundings. Three changing reasonably priced beers often from local breweries are on offer along with a real cider and sports fans can view a tv screne from most parts of the pub. On offer for us to sample were Shipyard IPA, Welbeck Rapunzel and Poltergeist Porter.
Out of the Unicorn and back to the lights, turn right onto Newcastle Street, cross over the road and Wetherspoon’s Liquorice Gardens is on the left. Refurbished in May 2014 and recently winning praise for the standard of its toilets, the large open plan interior is comfortable if somewhat regimented. Ten beers including at least two from local breweries, often Milestone and Welbeck, and real cider are usually on offer. Sheffield Brewery Five Rivers and Marstons Old Empire were the beers our group sampled.
Out of Wetherspoons back to the lights and turn right again onto the pedestrian area. Walk on the left hand side for 300 metres going over the canal bridge to Victoria Square. Keeping on the left hand side footpath walk straight on at the traffic lights along Gateford Road. A 7-8 minute walk going straight over at the mini roundabout, past Aldi and the Grafton Hotel is on the left. This is the Brewery Tap for Grafton and Hales beers, a free house and a previous CAMRA POTS winner. Grafton beers have also won awards, Apricot Jungle getting gold at SIBA 2015. The pub has two rooms, one of which contains the L shaped bar. The second room can be used as a dining area, a function room or as an overflow if the pub is busy. There can be up to 12 beers available, a combination of Grafton/Hales beers and guest beers and the dark and light beers are served from different areas of the bar. On the day most of us settled for the Mr Grundy’s Sniper.
Right out of the Grafton, over the road, turn left and walk all the way along Clarence Road. The Station Hotel stands opposite the end of the road and is owned by the same family as the Shireoaks Inn. 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 four rotating guest beers with Stancil Best Bitter, Moorhouses White Witch, Sharp’s Doom Bar 2017 Reserve 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 is the current North Notts CAMRA Pub of the Year. There are 4 rotating guest beers on the bar, one usually from Double Top, and real cider. The pub is linked to the Double Top Brewery which gained CAMRA awards for its Nelson Mild. On the bar for us to sample were Littleover Epiphany, Double Top Golden Arrow, Waen Snowball and Bradfield Belgium Blue.
An enjoyable walk through the town, 40+ different beers available and some great pubs.