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Dove Inn, Barnsley Central, Barnsley

102 Doncaster Road
Barnsley
S70 1TP

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Pub SignMan left this review about Dove Inn

Located just outside the town centre, a five minute walk from Barnsley's Oakwell stadium, The Dove Inn is a friendly football themed pub which welcomes well behaved away supporters. The pub has a nice traditional feel to it, retaining various rooms, despite having been opened out in part to accommodate more people on match days. You enter into a carpeted seating area with a few tub chairs around small circular tables, light wood ceiling beams and wall panels with an off white top half and a servery on the left. In the front window there was a food counter, helpfully offering homemade pork pies (very tasty) and pulled pork rolls at generous prices, although I would guess this is a service restricted to match days. The pub extends a long way to the right, with lots of standard and low stool seating, more of those unusual light wood panels, some stained glass screens and old whisky boxes displayed on high shelves. A separate room to the left, which can be viewed through a round window near the entrance, filled with an old cartwheel, houses another section of servery and acts as a games room, with a pool table proving popular pre-match. A couple of small tables and stools jostle for space, but you're best off staying on your feet to admire the excellent collection of Barnsley FC memorabilia on display, including photos, signed shirts and footballs, a cabinet full of programmes and a weird looking framed club dartboard. A door to the rear left takes you through a small triangular shaped room with stained glass front pieces over the windows and a collection of kid's toys, before emerging into the rear garden, which can also be accessed by a room to the rear right which has a dartboard and limited seating options. The garden is paved and has several picnic benches, but most notably is overlooked by a drinking balcony, which I couldn't figure out how you accessed.
The pub is tied to the Old Mill Brewery and two of their beers - Traditional Bitter and Bullion - were available on handpull. I gave the Traditional Bitter a try and thought it was pretty poor, especially given the high level of demand that afternoon. The staff were efficient enough and the atmosphere was pretty relaxed, with supporters mixing with no problems.
This is quite an appealing pub that was very different from what I would expect from the usual football style boozer. It's a shame that the beer wasn't up to much, but it remains a good pre-match option, especially if you're after a cheap, tasty snack. I'd probably give this one a second chance the next time I'm in town.

On 27th April 2014 - rating: 6
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Danny O'Revey left this review about The Dove Inn

Watch out for the opening times here - was closed when I went on a Monday lunchtime

On 17th November 2010 - no rating submitted
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Quinno _ left this review about The Dove Inn

Fairly recently refurbished roadside local close to Barnsley FC (part of Oakwell can be viewed from the outside decking area) and seemingly given a new lease of life according to the locals at the bar.

The Dove has a couple of Old Mill brewery beers on the go (Bitter and Bullion) which both tasted excellent though a bit cold for my liking, served by a friendly down-to-earth landlady. There's a nice downstairs garden area and the inside of the pub is quite plushly furnished (for Barnsley) though there's a slight whiff of old smoke pre-ban. Beware the big dog roaming downstairs - he's perfectly friendly but looked quite a handful. Dartboard available and a TV.

Best pub I visited on my day in Barnsley and a no-brainer if you're there for the footy.

On 1st August 2009 - rating: 7
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