When the New York Tavern opened in 1856, it was originally called the Prince of Wales Feathers. It went on to be one of the most popular haunts hereabouts.

Pub of the Week: New York Tavern
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It lived through two World Wars, the depression, a few recessions and a happy handful of royal jubilees and coronations.
But not so long ago, it was starting to look a bit down in the dumps, and the owners opted for a revamp. So farewell to the Prince of Wales, and welcome the New York Tavern.
This part of Rotherham has long been associated with the steel industry and the proud boast of the locals was that many of the girders and manhole covers in the Big Apple were, in fact, made in South Yorkshire.
The place has had a good lick of paint and now looks smart, neat and tidy. There are two plain rooms, decorated with prints of local sites and past events.
There’s no food on offer, only snacks, but what the New York lacks in culinary excellence, it more than makes up for in the amazing range of beers and lagers. I counted nearly a dozen real ales and there are also a dozen and more quality single malts. The NYT is in the Camra good beer guide and it is easy to see why. There’s the Iron and Steel Bitter, Steelos and its own New York Pale, for starters.
On Rotherham United match days, it can get very busy. In the middle of the week, it’s a wonderful place to ease into a corner, pull out the paper, assess the racing or attempt the crossword. It’s no fancy gastropub, but it is a shining asset to the community.
The New York Tavern, 84 Westgate, Rotherham. S60 1BD Tel: 01709 375596.

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Dave Lee is TV producer and film-maker who also writes on food & drink, travel and culture for various publications. He is a regular contributor on BBC Radio 4 and the Yorkshire Post. Worryingly, he believes that the finest food on earth is the pattie butty.

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