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Joseph Bramah, Barnsley

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The Joseph Bramah was our second port of call in Barnsley. It doesn't look like a Wetherspoons from the outside. I wandered if I was walking into the smallest ever 'spoons. But whilst it is narrow, it goes a fair way back. Ales were Stancill Barnsley Bitter & India Pale Ale, Everards Park Ale Schlafly, Ilkley Black, Ruddles Best, Greene King Abbot & Sharps Doom Bar. The cider was Thistly Cross Barrel Aged. This place was rather full. Due to its narrow nature, it appears more suited for vertical drinking, with less tables than most. We retreated to the courtyard, which was also packed.
blue_scrumpy - 28 Aug 2015 21:19
A couple of the beers I wanted to try were not available yet so I had a soft drink and left. End of story.
mcroyal - 3 Oct 2013 11:38
Larger than you expect from outside, one of the better Wetherspoons outlets with a good choice of ales including a good local selection from such breweries as Acorn. A well-cooked breakfast served. Good mix of customers on a Saturday morning.
Stamfordian - 28 Mar 2012 10:37
Nice selection of real ales and comfy seating, lots of screens to see the news on too. Only downside is sometimes the staff can be a bit ignorant and I've been stood a few times waiting to be served and they've gone right past me and served the next person instead. Good pub grub at a decent price too. would have got 9/10 but a point off for the rude staff.
GreedyG - 7 Jan 2011 23:36
Standard Spoons pub. A good atmosphere, especially when Barnsley are at home.
martins2 - 28 Feb 2010 16:18
Long, narrow and very dark Lloyds No1 (AKA Wetherspoons with music) with two entrances at either end (Head to the raised area by the main entrance which has a bit more light) which has much dark wood panelling throughout. Mute TV's on the wall plus a garden area for the smokers through a pair of loudly-banging patio doors. Interior appeared fairly clean and tidy.

There was a decent ale selection when I visited (4 of 5 on). My initial pint was poor but was exchanged without fuss for much better one and the second was in good form also. My food was good and the service was friendly. Downside was that they serve inebriates here, which puts me off. - the guy next to me at the bar could barely stand. Interestingly the beer that wasn't on when I went in at midday (Thornbridge Jaipur) was still not on at 5 when I popped in for a last half before train back - laziness or lack of skill I wonder?

Overall, it's worth a visit if you're in town due in no small part to a lack of real competition on the beer front in the town centre.
Quinno - 1 Aug 2009 15:15
Extremely deceptive wetherspoons, looks very small from the outside but go's back miles and divides into 2 areas, well worth a visit! 8/10
fat_beer_badger - 18 Jul 2008 18:02
A huge town-centre Wetherspoons, with four distinct drinking areas, over two floors. Overall, it has a solid, traditional feel, no doubt influenced by the liberal use of wooden panelling. The interior is mostly low ceilinged and quite dark. There is a tiny outdoor drinking area to the front of the pub, but a larger enclosed patio to the rear.

On entering via the Market Hill doors, you almost feel as though you’re going underground. Given Barnsley’s mining heritage that somehow seems quite appropriate!

My visit coincided with the International Beer Festival and seven of the eight hand pumps were on the go. The Everard’s ‘Sunchaser’ was fresh tasting, well pulled and a good temperature, unfortunately it was just a dull beer.

The young barmaid was very friendly and welcoming and enjoyed a bit of banter.

A good, friendly, chatty atmosphere when I called late on a Friday afternoon. Surprisingly broad clientele, despite the chain’s reputation for cheap beer.


aleandhearty - 13 Apr 2008 14:46

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