Public Houses and Eateries

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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.

New Bar for 2018
The former JT Smith's furniture shop ('Jaytees') has been steadily renovated, ready for its new role as some kind of bar. Posters dated 8th October 2018 notify that an application was made to BMBC by Cristello Enterprises Ltd., for a New Premises Licence, after months of public speculation on the sporadic activity which had been going on there. The company (11548622) was registered in September 2018 to Lisa Marie Wasden of Salters Way, Penistone, so it is unlikely to be an absentee landlord or part of a chain.

The new bar appears to have a connection with the Green Dragon, Thurgoland, via LBW Enterprises Limited (the LBW might refer to Lisa and Brett Wasden). We can only wish every success to this new enterprise and hope that it will bring extra vitality to Penistone town centre. Terms for the new bar are summarised here:

The wide opening hours do not necessarily mean that it will be open all day but just that it could be flexible to open within those limits.

Community Bar
Another scheme in the pipeline is a 'Community Bar' which is being discussed on Facebook. The latest proposal (mooted in September 2018) is to take over and refurbish Penistone Post Office as a community-sponsored bar, while still retaining a Post Office counter.

If you would like to visit our area for a while, 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. Please keep an eye on these hygiene ratings. One local outlet had claimed five stars on its printed menus when the real score was far lower. See Scores on the Doors.

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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