Doncaster has a selection of great cafés, pubs and restaurants, both in and out of the town centre.
Doncaster Brewery and Tap should be top of your list if you’re a lover of real ales. Grab a pint (the Doncaster Brewery ales are made ‘out the back’) and have a chat with your fellow punters – there’s not a TV screen or slot machine in sight. This friendly, unassuming bar on Young Street in the town centre has a packed schedule of events, including a book club, live music performances and a craft group.
For a dining experience with a difference, there’s no substitute for The Gourmet Dining Room’s supper club. Top chef Michael Price serves the finest local produce in his home across a multi-course tasting menu. You’ll need to be patient (and lucky) to get a table – they’re typically booked up at least six months in advance.
Top out-of-town picks
Locally-sourced food doesn’t come much better than at The King William in Scaftworth, close to the suburb of Bawtry. You’ll need to travel 10 miles outside the town centre, but once you’re there, you can enjoy a drink in the snug and cosy up by the fire in the main dining room. The food is handpicked from local producers and the latest suppliers are displayed on a blackboard by the bar so you know exactly where your food has come from.
Bawtry has its fair share of great places to eat and drink. China Rose has been serving Cantonese food for more than 25 years, while Caviars Restaurant and Wine Bar offers everything from Sunday lunch to afternoon tea. For a more unusual experience, The Blind Librarian is worth a look. This speakeasy bar is hidden down St Nicholas Terrace and has a real prohibition era feel.
Doncaster’s East Yorkshire suburbs are also where you’ll find your pick of the best cafés. Jimmy Piggs, 3.8 miles north-east of the town in Edenthorpe, serves homemade cakes and fresh coffee. The Village Tea Pot in Arksey is home to one of the best all-day breakfasts around
“AS IT SITS ON THE EDGE OF THE COUNTRYSIDE, YOU CAN FIND SOME LOVELY COUNTRY PUBS IN DONCASTER TO ENJOY ON A SUNNY DAY. I WOULD FULLY RECOMMEND A TRIP TO FENWICK TO VISIT BAXTER ARMS - A LOVELY PUB WITH REASONABLY PRICED HOME-COOKED FOOD, A NICE SELECTION OF ALES, A COSY TRADITIONAL INTERIOR, GREAT STAFF AND CHICKENS ROAMING AROUND THE BEER GARDEN!" LEAH BYATT, DONCASTER RESIDENT FOR 18 YEARS