The road that is Hallgate, in Doncaster (once the old A1), still has a number of rather beautiful Georgian and Regency buildings.

Pub of the Week: The Lockwood, Doncaster
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But, despite all efforts, the area is not what it was. Once a place for elegant living and upmarket retailers, it is now a stretch which offers a great many bars and pubs.
In the middle of the side that is on the left as you go further into the heart of the town is a splendid example of solid construction. The Lockwood family were notable figures in the town and one of them, Joseph, was also a sculptor. It was he who had this house as his own palace, and it seemed only right when it reinvented itself as a pub, not so long ago, to name the place after him.
Would Joseph have recognised the place today? From the exterior, very definitely, for that has hardly been touched. And inside? Well, only if he looked up at the ceilings, many of which have some elaborate plaster coving that remains after extensive alterations.
It is very popular indeed, particularly with those indulging in the current trend – a passion for gin. Here you will find shelves that are groaning with the stuff. True, there are some good ales and lagers, but the emphasis is on gin. There’s Brockmans, Sipsmith Sloe, Edinburgh… and some oddities as well, such as Bubblegum and Parma Violets.
It’s not a place for fine dining, not that much sophistication either, but the emphasis is very definitely on “let’s go out and grab it” fun. And there are some amazing offers, such as cask ales at £2 a pint from Monday to Friday.
The Lockwood, 50 Hallgate, Doncaster, DN1 3PB. 07917 889344.

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