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July 20, 2009
West Virginia, West Virginia
July 11, 2004
As its name suggests, The Miners Standard identifies most directly with Winster’s mining past and with the miners who worked the pits. Mining dominated Winster’s economy through the early 20th century, and its echo is still barely muted throughout the region. The pub’s name is derived from the Henry VIII "standard," which equaled about 16 pints and was used to measure lead-bearing ore. These days, the Standard has found a way to maintain its link to the region’s mining and working-class tradition: The pub has become a favored meal- and rest-stop for cavers, walkers, and other outdoor enthusiasts visiting the Peak District. In keeping with the needs of this "new" clientele, camping and caravan sites are available adjacent to the pub.
Himself and Yours Truly have sampled the Standard’s fare only once, during our visit to the area in June 2003. Driving over to the peak with friends from Lincoln, we detoured through Winster on our way from the Nine Ladies stone circle to Arbor Low and stopped for a late lunch at the Standard. The menu was fairly standard for a country pub, though the food itself was well above average. Our party ordered fish and chips, burgers, and sandwich platters, plus a sampling of locally available ales for the passengers among us. Service was good, the food was excellent and came in truly generous portions, the ales were refreshing, and the prices were low—never a bad combination.
As the day of our visit was truly fine, we took our meal outdoors within full view of the bull, who maintained a careful vigil of our activities. Given that the Standard is located on Winster’s Bank Top (that is, on the rise above the village), the views were lovely, showcasing the rolling upcountry meadows of the Peak District. Taking our lunch late ensured that we could enjoy the peace and beauty of these surroundings in splendid isolation—except for the bull, of course.
Our visit was far too limited to permit a thorough review of The Miners Standard, but we were impressed and hope for a return engagement in the near future. We’d like a better opportunity to sample the kegs, a chance to evaluate the dinner menu, and perhaps a bit more information about those ghosts.
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