Ad of the week: The Salutation – The historic Doncaster inn that really lives up to its name
The current building dates from early Georgian times, and it is thought that there was probably a pub nearby for centuries before that.
The front exterior with its expansive archway into the back yard (now an excellent sheltered beer garden) instantly tells you that the place has always been a popular spot, for reasons that have only changed slightly over the centuries. At the time, the mail coach stopped, tired and dusty passengers rushed and grabbed food from one of the many bars. These days, a nice redesign from a few years ago opened everything up, but you can easily get an idea of what the original layout looked like.
The bar staff aren’t just friendly, they’re also very knowledgeable – you can confidently discuss the merits (or not) of the many real ales on offer.
The Sal is as famous for its window displays in the summer as it is for its excellent food, as apart from the usual ‘pub grub’ there is an authentic Thai restaurant upstairs.
It’s relaxed, friendly and dog friendly – water bowls can be found in some corners. Parking is easy, there are bus stops on either side of the roadway at the front, and there is a striking hostel sign on the main facade. A “greeting” is, of course, a warm greeting, and if ever a pub lives up to its name, then this one definitely does.
The Salutation, 14, South Parade, Doncaster DN1 2DR, tel. : 01302 340705.