A convenient start to this pub tour is the main railway station – Grimsby Town. The first pub is located adjacent to the approach road.


    Yarborough Hotel


    The Yarborough was reopened by J.D.Wetherspoon in 1997. Having been closed for some time and deteriorating internally. Built as an hotel in 1848 to serve the railway, it is a fine example of Victorian architecture and is quite large. Unfortunately, in the 80’s, the premises were utilised by the Department of Social Security to house the homeless and suffered the inevitable consequence. Refurbishment was carried out in the usual ‘Spoons style but retained all the wonderful features and is one of a number of Wetherspoon pubs which offer accommodation,. Although open plan, there are no less than five drinking areas. The extensive beer range is typical with real ale to the fore. Winner of our “Pub of the Year” title in 1998, 1999, 2008, 2009, 2013

    Upon leaving, turn right and proceed down Bethlehem Street, South St. Mary's Gate and Osborne Street into Town Hall Square, where opposite the Town Hall you'll find New Street. Proceed down this street and turn right at the corner. Proceed 100 yards beyond the
    traffic lights where on the right you will see :

    Hope & Anchor



    An attractive frontage in a modern style looks inviting. Yet another example of a traditional layout undergoing extensive alteration, it attempts, not altogether successfully to recreate a bar/lounge effect. Both “sides” are served from an island bar and present a relaxing atmosphere although this may change at weekends when entertainment takes place. Small secluded patio to the rear. Usually a Tom Wood beer available. Retrace your steps to New Street where a few steps beyond is the river head where is moored:

    The Barge


    No mistaking this one. As the name suggests this is a converted grain barge and the bar is located downstairs (or should I say 'below deck'?) At the time of compilation, Wells Bombardier and Wychwood Hobgoblin are the beers. At weekends, you may have a job to hear yourself, since it has the best selection of heavy metal bands on the jukebox. Cross by the bus station into Victoria Street where just past the banks and Mcdonald's you will find The Friary


    The Friary


    Formerly Showroom and offices for the Yorkshire Electricity Board, the only bill you pay now is the bar bill. Revamped and renamed in March 2010, the erstwhile DN31 has been transformed into a smart food-led establishment in the middle of the shopping area. The former dance floor at the rear is now an additional seating space and the remainder is served from a long L-shaped bar which dispenses a choice of three main ales and two changing guests from a bank of five attractive handpumps at each end. The first in a chain of “Samuel Cooper Free Houses” run by M&B which also own Ember Inns of which the Wheatsheaf is represented on this tour.

    The next  pub on this tour is reached by continuing along the pedestrian way for a few yards (or metres if you like) until you reach the entrance to Freshney Place shopping centre and just around the corner is:

    The Tivoli Tavern


    As can be seen from the frontage, this pub is of some age and its history can be read on a framed description located inside. Built as a private house in the mid 19th century, it became a shop in 1869 and extended into the premises next door. In 1880, Grimsby’s Hewitt’s Brewery (www.hewittsbook.co.uk) acquired it and sold bottled beers until it was converted to a pub by the name of The Globe around 1900. It was renamed Tivoli Tavern in the 1970’s and retains its original shop front. The Globe was known colloquially as “The Hole in the Wall”; a reference no doubt to its size. Probably opened up internally in the past, the resultant rooms must have been quite snuglike and very smoky. No such conditions today though but you do sometimes have to pass through the ‘guard of honour’ posed by the banished smokers out front but there is comfortable seating to be found.  Once a Bass pub and one which like many in the town sold large quantities of mild. This beverage has lost its appeal in recent times and no real mild is sold but it does manage to keep a couple of ales from larger independent breweries. Unlike the others in this section, it doesn’t do food. Don't rely on the price displayed on the picture!

    As you approached the door of the Tivoli, you can’t have failed to notice the pub opposite. This is:

    The Parity

    Another pub on this tour which wasn’t always so. This place used to be Cantor’s furniture shop whose slogan was “Cantors turn your house into a home!” Well this place turned into a pub. It has undergone a couple of makeovers in the intervening years and is now sporting a pleasing interior with lots of comfortable seating. There are a number of TV screens but don’t be put off by them as this place does some very reasonably priced food and is also a place to enjoy a range of coffees. A changing range of three real ales are delivered from a bank of three handpumps.

    Directly opposite this pub you will see :

    Chambers’


    This imposing building once housed the first delicatessen in the town and has retained the name. Hugely popular was the upstairs cafeteria where morning coffee was taken with the accompaniment of a palm court style band whilst downstairs, the aroma from the coffee grinder situated in the front window is legendary. Sadly long gone but the place was converted to pub use and was until recently one of the Litten Tree chain. The roomy interior matches the outside appearance with plenty of nice seating areas. Although there are two handpumps, they are frequently unused. Exit Chambers, turn left and just a few paces down on the same side you will find:

    Walter's


    Once busy in its original guise of the Pestle & Mortar, it has undergone some restoration and rearrangement after a number of years with closed doors following a troublesome past. Once sporting  a number of handpumps and now down to just two there is frequently just one of those in use.

    You may wish to extend the tour and visit four more pubs that are well worth the effort to visit. Turn left upon exit and right toward the church. Directly opposite said church you will see:

    The Smokehouse

     

    A former coaching house,the White Hart, it traded for a time The Old Coach House before closure. It languished in this state for a considerable number of years before rescue by the same person who runs a number of other pubs in the area, including the one you may have just left on this tour. In spite of opening out, it retains two main drinking areas separated by the bar although the left side appears to be the main dining area as this place is 'big' on food as it has become a bistro. The right hand room has well upholstered furnishings and sofas and is bright and airy.. Maintaining an old tradition, there is even a “snug” area opposite the bar. Sadly, the three handpumps have been removed and the beers include craft ales. If, therefore you feel like giving it a miss, turn the corner, proceed over the level crossing and continue right. 100 yards on the left is:


    The County


    Nothing fancy here but is a friendly pub. Open plan with a number of drinking areas and known for its live bands. There are always several real ales on tap and a real cider. Accommodation is available.

    If you like plush then you will probably appreciate the next destination. Turn left on exit and a decent walk is in prospect. At the end of the road (Brighowgate) turn left onto Bargate and at the next corner is:

    The Wheatsheaf


    Converted from a girls’ school, this is an imposing building almost hidden by trees. On
    two levels, it is very well appointed, having had a refurbishment some years ago and reopened under the Ember Inns banner.  An interesting selection of ales is available and food is served all day. For those balmy summer days, there is plenty of outside drinking space. If you desire to tear yourself away from here. The final stop is virtually next door. Continue along Bargate and you will encounter the wide entrance to the car park at the front of:

    Millfields


    This is another imposing place. Converted from a private residence to a health and sports club, it later became an hotel and bar with facilities for receptions etc. The health spa remains and is available to residents. Opposite reception is the bar area, which is smart and pleasant. Three ales are on sale, one of which is frequently from local brewer Tom Wood. Lunchtime and evening food is served along with bar snacks. If you don’t have the energy to walk back into town there are buses which stop nearby.