The bible for beer lovers has come up with its eight best pubs in Grimsby and Cleethorpes.
And Camra’s best-selling Good Beer Guide 2020 has picked out Wetherspoon’s Yarborough Hotel pub in the heart of Grimsby for the quality of its real ale.
Earlier this year, the Bethlehem Street venue was rated as the second best pub in Grimsby and Cleethorpes for the local CAMRA 2019 awards- beaten by the No 2 pub, on North Promenade, Cleethorpes.
Local branch members chose the Wetherspoon pub for inclusion in the guide following regular visits to check on the quality of the real ales on offer.
Now in its 47th edition, the Good Beer Guide is fully revised and updated each year to feature recommended pubs across the United Kingdom that serve the best real ale.
Tasting notes for the beers, compiled by tasting teams trained by the Campaign for Real Ale, are also included.
They also took into account customer service, décor and overall atmosphere. A CAMRA spokesman said: “The Yarborough Hotel deserves its place in the Good Beer Guide 2020.
“It is our belief that if a licensee serves an excellent pint of real ale, then everything else in the pub, including customer service, quality of food and atmosphere, are likely to be of an equally high standard.”
The pub’s manager, Emma Keeley, said: “I am delighted that The Yarborough Hotel has been recognised for the quality of its real ales by CAMRA members.
“We offer our customers an excellent range of real ales at all times, including those from regional brewers and microbrewers, as well as hosting our own beer festivals.
“Staff at the pub work hard to ensure that the real ales on offer are kept in first-class condition at all times and the pub’s inclusion in the guide highlights this.”
Earlier this year, a carpet enthusiast who runs The ‘Wetherspoons Carpet Of The Week’ account and uses Twitter handle @spoons_carpets, to « celebrate » and « rate » Wetherspoons’ carpets from across the country – praised the « denim zebra pile ».
He said in March: « I like to call this the denim zebra. Quite easy on the eye and friendly to the consumer.
« This entry utilises the natural uneven stripe scheme found upon the zebra, but adds a fashion conscious twist with that shade of blue. »
Maybe the CAMRA judges liked it too!
And the other top pubs in Grimsby and Cleethorpes are …
Crow’s Nest, Balmoral Road, Cleethorpes
Built in 1957 as an hotel, this is the only Smith owned pub in the local area. Rooms consist of a main lounge and a public bar with a snug off the lounge with a real fire.
The former dining room was converted to an overflow lounge and function room in the 80’s, whilst the fireplace in the lounge was removed in order to provide extra seating. The deep-windowed bays give natural light and there is around-the-wall fitted seating. Sensitive refurbishment carried out in 2018. Very much a community pub, the trophy cabinet is well filled.
Regular cask ales, this pub serves 1 regular beer Samuel Smith Old Brewery Bitter.
Spider’s Web, Carr Lane
Three-roomed and built in the ’50s, this popular community pub holds regular music nights of various genres, with live music enjoyed most weekends.
In the bar, games such as poker, darts and pool are played, and there is a weekly quiz night. Away from the bar, the lounge has plenty of seating, while the music room with a stage has a naval theme reflecting the ties with the Naval Association. A garden is at the rear with with space for children to play.
This pub serves 1 regular beer John Smith’s Bitter and serves 3 changing beers Leeds Pale and Wainwright.
Message in a Bottle, Cambridge Road, Cleethorpes
Friendly specialist bottle shop associated with Axholme brewery; a shop front pop up bar serving hand pulled ales opened in summer 2017.
The shop only is also open 12-8 Tuesday to Friday. The pop up bar is only open of a weekend. This pub serves 1 changing beer including Axholme Cleethorpes Pale Ale and Axholme Special Reserve.
No 1 Pub, Cleethorpes
Their slogan proclaims that « We’re a train pub not a chain pub » and is located on platform one of the railway station in original station premises. Unfortunately, a view of the beach is usually obscured by a waiting train!
A large bar with a raised area offers some seclusion from the busy floor area which has a pool table close to the platform. Not the room for peace and quiet when weekend bands play.
The tiny passage to a much quieter room also has seating. This room is decorated with railway memorabilia and has a small bar with three pumps dispensing changing ales. Food is served in the early evenings of Monday, Thursday and Friday from 5 pm. and Sunday lunch.
Regular cask ales, this pub serves 2 regular beers Batemans XXX and Draught Bass. Changing cask ales, this pub serves 6 changing beers.
No 2 Pub, Station approach, Cleethorpes
This is a little gem, a small and cosy pub with a reputation for good beer quality and serving four regular beers, plus two guests from both national and independent breweries.
Its location on the station ensures a flow of customers enjoying a drink before or after their journeys. A free buffet is provided on Sunday evenings.
This pub serves 4 regular beers; Hancocks HB, Rudgate Ruby Mild, Sharp’s Atlantic, Sharp’s Sea Fury. Changing cask ales, this pub serves two changing beers.
Willy’s , Cleethorpes
Willy’s overlooks the River Humber and beach, giving spectacular views. Willy’s Original is brewed on the premises and the brewery can be seen from the bar.
Food is served lunchtimes as well as at the Tuesday and Thursday evening supper clubs. Two real ciders are served and can include Moles Black Rat and Gwynt y Ddraig Black Dragon. There is a covered rear smoking area.
Regular cask ales and this pub serves 2 regular beers – Draught Bass and Willy’s Original. This pub serves 2 changing beers.
Signal Box Inn
The Smallest Pub on the Planet and already recognised by one Guinness Book of Record Holder as one of his favourites. Beer connoisseur Bruce Masters, who has visited more than 50,000 pubs, ranked the tiny Cleethorpes’ ale house as his 13th favourite.
Licensee of The Signal Box Inn, Alan Cowood said: “We have customers come from across the country, and we have had some locals come down who have lived in the area all their lives but never knew we were here.”
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