Public Houses and Eateries

Eating, Drinking and Socialising
Some of our local pubs are very old. The White Heart (formerly 'White Hart') is at least 400 years old (with ghost) and most other pubs in the area have long histories. Some pubs will offer food or limited accommodation if the visitor enquires. You can also find excellent 'real ale' ('RA' in the list below) in most pubs, otherwise they sell an alcoholic liquid under the name of 'smooth', which is similar to beer but full of nitrogen gas. WiFi is gradually becoming available in pubs and at least three cafés.

Penistone offers an interesting range of cafés, all with their own special features and styles of menu. They are an important part of the community and might draw some of the supermarket shoppers into Penistone who might not otherwise spend their time in our town.

Accommodation
If you would like to stay in our area, please visit the Accommodation page on this website, Visit Penistone's 'Where to Stay' page and Lavender NDT's Accommodation List.


Featured Hostelries
.. and see the Cafés page link. 'RA' = Real Ales.

  RA WiFi Spread Eagle

Crystal PalaceWentworth Arms SignWentworth pumps

    Old Crown
RA   White Heart
  WiFi 'the bridge'
RA WiFi Royal British Legion
RA WiFi Cubley Hall
RA   Bowling Club
  Some WiFi Penistone Cafés

Other Pubs and Clubs
Penistone Church Football Club on Church View Road has a long history and fine ales, with a refurbished Clubhouse in 2015, Spring Vale has the Britannia, Oxspring has both the Waggon & Horses and The Travellers ('The Fours') at Four Lane Ends. Thurlstone has the Crystal Palace (home of the Barnsley Reds supporters' club) and The Huntsman. Millhouse Green has the Blacksmith's Arms, which is an excellent foodie pub in the evenings. Some of these names are repeated in the lists below. Penistone Paramount has a bar for beers, tea, coffee, etc., before performances and during intermissions.

Quick Phone List - 01226 76 xxxx
A good pintUseful for booking a wild party, family gathering, reunion, wedding reception, divorce party, wake, etc. Most (but not all) Penistone phone numbers start with 76, so you usually only need to remember four numbers, 76-xxxx. Use 01226 dialling code outside the area. FB = Facebook.

For more information about Penistone, see Visit Penistone, which includes a full list of accommodation, eating and drinking in Penistone in the 'Essentials' section, with contact details and distances from the town centre. Don't forget; you're in Yorkshire - when you get a pint, always ask for a top-up.


Pub Names and History
The Inn Society explains some common public house names in England. Pub signs were easy to make sense of in the old days when few people could read. Some in our area, such as the national hero Lord Nelson, The Huntsman, Dog & Partridge and The Bridge by Penistone Bridge are easy to explain. As was the Crystal palace, when that building London held the great exhibition. Other are less so. Who knows which fountain the Fountain Inn refers to? It was formerly the Rag & Louse - and that too must have been a good story.

The White Hart was the emblem King Richard II (r. 1377-1399) and, presumably, The Old Crown would have referred to a past king during the reign of another, but to discover which one is lost in history. The sign of the crown was easy for the largely illiterate population to understand. A history of pubs, inns, taverns, etc. can be found on the Historic UK site.

For more history about local inns and pubs, please visit my Historic Inns page. You might be surprised to learn which familiar shops used to be beerhouses in the olden days. The information comes from many sources but, in particular, the late Neville Roebuck's book 'It Happened in t' Pub'.

Ring o' Bells - A Lament
There used to be a verse on the mantelpiece of this old (defunct) Silkstone pub, with the following lines:

Customers came and I did trust 'em,
I lost my liquor and my custom.
To lose them both it grieved me sore,
So I'm resolved to trust no more.
Chalk is useful say what you will,
But chalk ne'er paid the maltster's bill.
I strive to keep a decent tap,
For ready money, but no strap.

Eating in the Locality
Plenty of daytime eateries in Penistone but not much in the evening. More details and choices can be found at Visit Penistone.

Hygiene Ratings
Have a look at the official hygiene assessment of your favourite restaurant, café, pub or take-away. Note that 'Scores on the Doors' and the Ratings website appear to have the same information. Start with the Lowest Rated eateries in Penistone.

Barnsley Trading Standards
"Not satisfied with the amount of beer in your glass? - Ask for it topping up.
Still not satisfied? Contact Barnsley Trading Standards on
01226 772 532".
That's what they say. There you go - and now you know.

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