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King's Arms: Heath, Barnsley

  • address: The Heath Wakefield WF1 5SL
  • phone: 01924 377527

Set in the countryside between Barnsley and Wakefield, Heath is a village straight out of the pages of Jane Austen or Emily Bronte.
Time really has stood still, as the pastures give way to Heath Hall overlooking the estate that once graced this private mansion.
And like all rural villages, life is lived out in the local pub; in this case The King's Arms.

A delightful labyrinth of cosy rooms and corridors guides visitors either through to the snug, or to the lounge or to any number of quiet cubby holes with their coal fires and quirky privacy.

As if to remind us of the pubs legitimate historic credentials, all the lighting is from gas lamps, which creates a mesmersing atmosphere, especially in the evenings, when shadows bounce around the walls as customers rise from their hidden seats and emerge into the bar to replenish their ale!
And what ale! Appealing to real ale lovers, there's Tetleys, Timothy Taylor's "Landlord" - fully deserving of its "cask marque" award - and from local brewer Clarks, Classic Blonde.

A good selection of "bar meals" is available, and also an extensive a la carte menu in the restaurant area, which ensures that whether you're a casula diner or out for a special treat, the venue has something for you.

With a light, airy conservatory area leading out into the beer garden, the early 19th century pub makes a token nod to the 21st century, but does so in a manner which retains its aged dignity.

The food was excellent, and diners certainly won't leave the Kings Arms hungry, as portions are huge. A local favourite is the "beef and ale pie", but fish, venison, pheasant, steak and lighter snacks are available. Free refills of teas and coffees encourages diners to take their time and relax after a meal, before a jaunty stroll around the estate.

This is more than a restaurant. It is a journey back in time.

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