For quite some time, the Travellers was a pretty glum sight for anyone who passed by. The doors were closed, and the place had an air of infinite sadness about it. Then it became obvious that someone was having a long-overdue go at a make-over.
It’s now been opened up as a series of large and airy rooms, with the odd inglenook here and there. The design is clean, efficient and uncluttered, with imaginative use of fittings and furniture and a well-lit bar.
The beers are terrifically well-kept, with a pint of Wadworth 6X disappearing most pleasantly before being followed by a second. The ubiquitous Black Sheep is here as well and there are refreshments to suit other tastes. But the best scores come for the food. I doubt that many pubs in the county would have, as companions on the specials board, a whopping great Barnsley Chop on one hand, and the temptation of a Portuguese Dorade. My own preference was for a ham sandwich from the Light Bites selection, and if this is a “light”, then it would be interesting to see what a heavy one looks like. It was huge. With lovely fat wedge chips. A fish and chips went past, about the size of your average whale.
For those who seek a pub where there is conversation and a little banter between human beings, instead of those who punch away at their mobiles, reception for certain networks in this neck of the woods is virtually non-existent. You have to talk to each other. And bravo for that.
DRINKS SELECTION 4/5
The Travellers Inn, 124 Sheffield Road, Birdwell, S70 5UX. 01226 743237.