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10 Exceptional Pubs in Barnsley for Culinary Delights

Updated: Sep 7, 2023

When it comes to indulging in delectable dishes and memorable dining experiences, Barnsley boasts a range of top-notch pubs that are sure to tantalize your taste buds. From classic British fare to international flavours, these establishments have carved a niche for themselves in offering exceptional food alongside a warm and inviting ambiance. Here's a rundown of 10 such culinary havens you should definitely explore:

Beatson House Restaurant: Nestled in the village of Cawthorne and situated in a conversion of 18th Century cottages, Beatson House Restaurant is renowned for its exquisite menu that marries traditional flavours with modern twists. Whether you're savouring a hearty Sunday roast or exploring their à la carte offerings, this establishment is a haven for food enthusiasts.

Bistro at the Pocket: A hidden gem known for its charming atmosphere and diverse menu, Bistro at the Pocket on Pontefract Road just outside of town, offers an array of dishes prepared with locally sourced ingredients. From light bites to sumptuous mains, each plate is a testament to their commitment to quality in homemade food.

Boatmans Rest: Overlooking the waterways of the River Dove in Worsbrough, Boatmans Rest offers not only a delightful menu inspired by both land and sea but also serves as a great mid-point to some local walks of the Trans Pennine Trail. Fresh seafood, succulent steaks, and artisanal desserts are just a few of the reasons this pub is a culinary destination.

Elephant & Castle: Experience a fusion of classic and contemporary within the walls of a 17th century coaching inn at Elephant & Castle located in Hemingfield. Their carefully curated menu showcases creativity, and their commitment to using the finest ingredients, evident in every dish they serve. Oh, and they’re dog friendly too.

The Crown & Anchor: A beloved establishment in the Barnsley food scene with a beautiful beer garden overlooking Barugh Green, The Crown & Anchor just off the A637 is a versatile hub for foodies. From their eventful festivals and weekly quiz nights to the enticing Bottomless Brunch offerings, this pub is a testament to passion for both food and fun. A worthy destination for a pint and award-winning pies.

The Full House: True to its name, The Full House located on Rotherham Road on the outskirts of Barnsley Town centre is dedicated to filling your senses with delightful flavours. With a menu that covers a wide spectrum of cuisines, a boastful ‘legendary’ carvery and an ambiance that exudes warmth, it's a place where you're bound to leave both satisfied and content.

The Old Post Office: Steeped in history and located on Huddersfield Road right before junction 38 of the M1, The Old Post Office combines rustic charm with culinary excellence. With their passion for high quality and locally sourced food, whether you're looking for a leisurely lunch, an elegant dinner or fancy something from the grill, their diverse menu caters to a range of preferences.

The Talbot Inn: This is an 18th century traditional pub with a contemporary twist, The Talbot Inn, located in the heart of Mapplewell, is a hub for those seeking classic British comfort food. From pub favourites such as steak and ale pie to seasonal specialties like lamb rump and crispy pork belly, each dish is a tribute to the rich flavours of the region.

The Waggon & Horses: Another venue located close to the Trans Pennine Trail with its inviting atmosphere and a menu that emphasizes locally sourced produce, The Waggon & Horses captures the essence of Barnsley's culinary heritage. Located just outside of Penistone in Oxspring their commitment to quality shines through in every dish served A la Carte.

Travellers Inn: After its refurb in 2015, Travellers Inn located in Birdwell has quickly made its mark in Barnsley with its daily offerings and support for local flavours. Their Bottomless Brunch and dedication to Yorkshire food providers make it a must-visit destination for food enthusiasts. Did we mention that they also offer a free meal on your birthday!

From classic British pubs to modern culinary destinations, Barnsley's diverse range of establishments promises a gastronomic journey like no other. Whether you're seeking a leisurely meal with friends or a memorable dining experience, these 10 pubs have all the ingredients for a delightful culinary adventure.

All photo credits: Triadvisor and respective restaurant websites.

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