Pub of the Season award

The Cross Daggers, tucked away on Brown Lane in Coal Aston, has been voted Dronfield and District CAMRA’s 2019 Winter Pub of the Season.

The Daggers is a traditional one-room pub, selling four well kept real ales.

Anthony Hutchinson who also runs the Royal Oak in Coal Aston, has been at the helm for eighteen years and likes to run the pub on traditional lines. The Daggers is full of character, with photos of the various changes the pub has gone through over the years well worth a look; the changing Tetley’s signage reflects the different promotional and style changes this much missed Leeds brewery used until it’s recent closure. I well remember supping Tetley’s bitter at the Daggers when we moved to Dronfield in the 1980’s – a truly excellent pint, with recent attempts to revive it by other breweries a pale imitation.

The beer range usually includes Tetley Bitter and Theakston’s Best as permanent fixtures, with two other beers chosen from the Punch Taverns roster. On a recent visit, I was pleasantly surprised to find Hobson’s Town Crier on the bar. The Daggers - and its sister pub, the Royal Oak - are both Locale accredited, with offerings from Abbeydale and Bradfield usually available.

The pub plays an important part in village life, with various events planned over the year. There’s an interesting ‘Christmas Countdown’ board behind the bar, and the free bread and dripping we enjoyed on a recent Thursday night visit, together with the roasties on Sunday lunchtimes all add to the ‘local’ feel of the Daggers.

A weekly quiz takes place on Monday evening at 9.30pm. The pub is open from 4pm-11:00pm Monday to Saturday and from midday to 8pm on Sundays.

Congratulations to everyone involved in making the Daggers such a great pub to visit. If you’ve not popped in recently, give it a go, you won’t be disappointed with either the beer, the atmosphere or the friendly welcome!

Graham Hall