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My foodie foray in the Dearne continued with a trip to Wetherspoons Old Market Hall in Mexborough.

The Wetherspoons chain has garnered a reputation for its range of value ales coupled with quality food and has become a very popular watering hole in Mexborough over the past three years.

The Old Market Hall was bustling on Friday afternoon when I arrived.

It’s huge open plan bar is segregated by bookshelves and photographs of Mexborough’s great and good.

Late Poet Laureate Ted Hughes, and actor Keith Barron jostle for position on the walls with Tommy Joyce, gazing over me as I sipped my lager and watch the afternoon election special on the flatscreen.

There’s a large choice of food on the menu and this time I decided on a healthy light lunch - chicken piri-piri skewers with a side salad and a bowl of onion rings.

This was billed as the latest arrival on the menu and I was curious to see how it would translate as pub grub.

The service was cheerful and polite and the food freshly prepared when it arrived at my table.

There were two large sizzling skewers of marinated chicken breast, the kebabs alternated with chunks of peppers and onions.

They were arranged on a big oblong plate of leafy salad with shredded fresh beetroot and cherry tomatoes.

Avoiding my usual chips I munched my way through a bowl of onion rings which were crisp and not at all greasy.

These came as a carb counterpoint to the salad and I dipped them into the pot of piquant piri-piri sauce which came with the meal.

The chicken was juicy and spicy enough without the additional sauce and the whole thing was substantial enough for two people to graze upon.

The verdict: Very tasty and excellent value. Pub grub is raising its game

Cost: My main meal was £5.49, with an additional £1.49 for the onion rings.