Barnsley town Centre is in the process of having a revamp. Many unsightly concrete monstrosity buildings are being torn down and replaced with a more attractive High Street. The redevelopment is called The Glassworks and aims to have a new town square, a new market and shopping centre as well as a new library and community hub. Many will say it’s about time too. This redevelopment has been long overdue.
Around Barnsley, I am also noticing that there are now many new independent retailers setting up shops such as Spirit Florist and the Rob Royd Farm Shop. Quite a few new bars have also opened. One new bar is called The Tipsy Cow, located at the Gateway Plaza. This is a microbar and we had heard that they had a range of unusual gin flavours to try. My husband and I don’t have much time to ourselves but on Saturday we had a few spare hours child-free and so we decided to give it a try.
This is part of my #HonestReview series. I do not receive any gifted items or any free drinks! So, I can be as honest as I need to.
We visited The Tipsy Cow on a Saturday afternoon about 3pm. It is relatively small in terms of area with a downstairs bar and seating downstairs and upstairs. I really liked the industrial style with tables in the form of recycled sewing tables, union jack cushions and plenty of copper lighting. There were also some great sayings on signs such as ‘Gindependent Woman’ and ‘You don’t have to see the whole staircase just to take the first step!’ from Martin Luther King. The bar staff were very welcoming, and I started with Bakewell Cherry and Almond gin, whilst my husband tried the Little Hopper English Pale Ale. There is a very comprehensive drinks list with specialities in flavoured gins and ales as well as rums and cider. Drinks were reasonably priced with gins being £5.95 and a pint of ale between £3.30 and £3.80 a pint. I loved the finishing touches that were added to my gin, especially since it has been an age since I had a cocktail cherry. I also tried the Violet Gin and Miss Mollie’s Pear Drop Gin. The violet was my favourite but that was just down to my own personal taste. My husband tried the White Wolf American pale ale. You can also try a beer tasting menu with four quarter pints.
The bar was quite busy whilst we were there with many groups coming in on a pub crawl, as well as regulars who stayed longer. During our time there we also visited another bar around the corner. After staying for just one drink, we returned to the Tipsy Cow where the ambiance was buzzing and far more relaxed. Originally, we were going to visit other town centre pubs and bars, but we loved the Tipsy Cow so much that we ended staying there until 7pm. It was a great afternoon / early-evening out and we will be returning. The Tipsy Cow is an example of what really makes a good bar: great ambiance, a welcoming staff and a range of high-quality beverages to choose from. I loved the fact that this was independent and not part of a chain and Barnsley does well with such places that challenge the norm. I mustn’t forget to mention that the bar has a downstairs toilet. When you struggle with steps as I do, then it is such an attractive bonus!
I would wholeheartedly recommend that you visit The Tipsy Cow. It is now my favourite bar to visit and I am looking forward to our next visit. I give it five stars out of five.