In the summer of 1912, the nation learned of one of the worst-ever pit disasters.
It was at the Cadeby Colliery (owned by Earl Fitzwilliam) and it happened on a July day, when the King and Queen happened to be staying at nearby Wentworth Woodhouse and they later drove to the scene, to give encouragement to the rescue efforts.
Many of the men who died that fateful day would have been regulars at the Cadeby Inn, which has stood, a little back from the main road, for centuries. It is built of mellowed stone brought from the huge quarry, just a few miles away.
Today, the word “inn” has been dropped from the title and from the website, and it changed hands and management earlier in the year. A complete refurbishment is (as I write) being completed, and results so far are nothing short of magnificent.
It is tasteful without being twee, modern without detracting from the character of the building, and traditional without being stick-in-the mud. It is, in short, about as close to perfection as you can get in these parts. Oh, and it also serves a beezer pint of Acorn Ale which is supplied by the Barnsley brewery of the same name.
Let me give you just some of the plus points and they include brilliantly kept beers, stone-flagged floors, open fires, comfortable seating, spotless loos, gleaming tables, a sensible and mouth-watering menu, a huge garden for warmer weather, and service with a smile. The only downside - and I’m being picky - is the butter comes in catering pats. The Cadeby stands as a beacon for others to emulate.
The Cadeby, Main Street, Cadeby, near Doncaster DN5 75W. Tel: 01709 864009, www.cadebyinnco.uk