The Feathers Hotel / The Pickwick Bar. Market Place, Helmsley, North Yorkshire
Monday 29th June 2015
These are two adjacent buildings now united as the Feathers Hotel and the Pickwick Bar. The hotel was originally a private house before becoming a coaching inn whilst its neighbour is an old cottage, supposedly one of the oldest domestic buildings in this small North Yorkshire town. Some of the panelling is said to have come from Helmsley Castle and both the bar and the hotel are full of work by Robert Thompson, the famous Mouseman of Kilburn. An internal door allows you to move from the more formal hotel to the more drink-friendly bar without having to leave the building. I carried through a pint of the locally brewed Howardian Gold, and having drunk it, I'm glad I did.