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The Dam Inn Toby, Wakefield - pub details

Dam Inn Toby

Address: 649 Barnsley Road, Newmillerdam, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF2 6QJ [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 31905) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Sandal & Agbrigg (2.3 miles), Wakefield Kirkgate (3.2 miles), Wakefield Westgate (3.5 miles)

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user reviews of the Dam Inn Toby, Wakefield

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Situated next to the lake, in the pretty village of Newmillerdam, the original Dam Inn was a fine, free standing, stone building. However, as a Toby Carvery, it has expanded over the years to become a vast corporate cavern.

The original pub part still feels quite cosy, but the newer areas are rather soulless. Most of the interior has that over-furbished, yet bland, ‘McPub’ look.
Maybe the punters latch onto that, as it was a strangely subdued atmosphere for a busy, bank holiday lunchtime.

No real ale, only keg and smoothflow beers. Trying a pint of ‘Old Speckled Hen’, out of sheer desperation, it was as woefully over-chilled and disappointing as I imagined it would be.

Staff lacked warmth and seemed undertrained. E.g. my barmaid was stood about three feet away from the ‘Hen’ pump but didn’t know where it was! They were also clueless about trying to serve people in order.

It’s hard to find ‘positives’, but there are several benches next to the pub, for outdoor drinking.
Overall, very disappointing.

As an alternative, go to the Fox and Hounds, just the other side of the dam. At least it sells cask beer and feels like a proper pub. Judging by the menu, the food looks more promising also).

aleandhearty - 1 Apr 2008 21:13

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