Light bites and small sips

A SWINTON pub which has been a landmark in the community for decades has been closed down.

The Kings Head on Rockingham Street became popular among locals for its well-priced and tasty Sunday Lunches. But an answering message left on their bar telephone, simply states: “The Kings Head is closed until further notice. “Therefore we cannot take any reservations for tables. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

BARNSLEY CAMRA are holding a survey social evening of pubs around Wombwell on Tuesday, February 1. Members will be meeting at the King George at 7.30pm.

Meanwhile, the Lundhill Tavern, near Wombwell, is under new management.

THE Plant Hotel in Mexborough is believed to have been shut. Locals claim the venue, on Wath Road, has been boarded up for around a fortnight.

Scoffer and Quaffer called the bar number numerous times, but no-one replied.

PLANS appear to have been approved to transform a Barnsley town centre pub into a fish and chip restaurent. The Barnsley CAMRA group said council planners have approved the scheme to change the use of The Gatehouse pub. Pubs and Clubs officer Phil Gregg said: “Barnsley CAMRA opposed the plans and are hugely disappointed with the verdict and imminent loss of yet another public house.”

The AGM of Barnsley CAMRA will take place on Tuesday, February 15. The meeting will be held at the Market pub in Elsecar from 8.15pm to 9.45pm.

PUB chain Wetherspoons has been recognised with a top award for its ‘leadership and innovation in encouraging recycling’.

The company won the Chartered Institute of Waste Management award – Recycling Performance of the Year. Wetherspoons said they work with suppliers to reduce the amount of packaging across numerous product lines and pubs recycle as much of their waste as possible.