Awayday Guide: Rotherham United
Getting to Rotherham
Travelling from St. Pancras or King’s Cross, Rotherham is served by Northern Rail services from Sheffield Midland or Doncaster, respectively.
No engineering works are due on the lines to Rotherham tomorrow, but the Northern Rail site should be checked for updates, as should that of National Rail.
Getting to the New York Stadium
Replacing the somewhat dilapidated Millmoor, the AESSEAL New York Stadium (New York Way, Rotherham, S60 1AH) was opened in 2012. Travelling fans are housed in the South Stand and the ground is about 10 minutes walk from either the railway station or the town centre.
Car parking at the stadium is for permit holders only. However, there are a number of ‘pay and display’ car parks located around the town centre. Otherwise, there is some street parking available around the area of the Millmoor ground, which is around a 15-minute walk away from the visitors’ turnstiles. There is a multi-storey car park located next to the Interchange bus station, which costs £2.80 for four hours.
Tickets have been made available to buy on the gate for Fulham fans. They will be on sale at the Away Box Office from 1.30pm priced at £25 for adults, £15 for concessions, £9 for those aged between 13 and 17 and £7 for children under the age of 13. Matchday sales will be strictly cash only.
Real Ale Rotherham
All these pubs are close to the railway station and ground.
The Cutler’s Arms (29 Westgate, Rotherham, S60 1BQ)
One of CAMRAs listed heritage pubs for its interior. Full range of Chantry beers with some interesting foreign lagers.
The Bluecoat (The Crofts, Rotherham, S60 2DJ)
If in doubt, there’s always a Wetherspoon’s in town. This one is in the CAMRA GBG, local branch winner on five occasions. The Bluecoat was originally a school, which opened in 1776.
Bridge Inn (1, Greasbrough Rd, Rotherham, S60 1RB)
Old Mill Brewery pub and popular with away fans, due to its proximity to the railway station.
New York Tavern (84, Westgate, Rotherham, S60 1BD)
Chantry Brewery pub and, arguably, Rotherham’s best pub, with a fine range of beers. Also stocks snuff!
Aside from pub grub, local master bakers, Staniforth’s have been going for three-quarters of a century and have 5 outlets in the town. Their steak and potato pie was rated highly in an extensive guide to the nation’s pie manufacturers, compiled by a footie fan. Also, they are vendors of a Yorkshire speciality, curd tarts – a very pleasant form of cheesecake made from curd cheese, which is sweetened with sugar, and mixed with currants, allspice and, sometimes, rosewater.
Piscivores will be catered for by Whitby’s but this is some way out of town, in the village of Catcliffe and, perhaps, more suited to those travelling by car.
Kebab fanatics may be out of luck, but it could be worthwhile investigating ‘Kebabish Original’ (10 Wellgate), although its menu indicates it’s mostly north Indian cuisine.
Head to the excellent Clifton Park Museum for information on the town’s industrial archaeology and to view its collections of fine arts and ceramics, natural history exhibits. The York and Lancaster Regimental Museum is housed in the same building.