Brigg Blog was approached to compile a guide outlining what the town has to offer visiting football fans.
Our brief was to produce information which might encourage supporters of teams, mainly in Yorkshire, to use the Brigg line's Saturday passenger train service on their way to Brigg Town's EC Surfacing Ltd Stadium (The Hawthorns).
Brigg Town are now playing in the Toolstation Northern Counties East First Division.
Here's our guide as it stands. Suggestions welcomed for future updates.
A rail campaigner is going to help us spread the word by sharing this information and posting it on various online platforms (pardon the pun!)
Our shared intention is to get more people using the railway service to and from Brigg.
Brigg is an historic market town in North Lincolnshire with much to offer visiting football fans.
Brigg Town Football Club's EC Surfacing Stadium, formerly known as The Hawthorns, is 14 minutes walk (at reasonable pace) from the railway station.
It's very easy to find on foot, being located near the A18, off Wrawby Road.
Pictured below is the travel poster which can be found on the Cleethorpes (nearest) platform at Brigg station; this includes a map of the town centre and also the location of the football ground, which will prove helpful (see picture above).
GETTING THERE: After arriving by train, follow the wide approach road that leads from the station, passing the Hewson House council offices. Continue straight ahead (using the zebra crossing) to the end of Queen Street (look out for the old Post Office and the Nisa Local shop). At the far end of Queen Street, cross the main road (A18) via the pelican crossing that's ahead of you. Go right and follow the footpath past the former Courthouse. Stay on this path at the war memorial roundabout as it makes a left turn. Then keep walking beside the A18 until you get to the Recreation Ground (opposite the cemetery). Turn left at the 'Football Ground's sign and follow the approach road until you reach Brigg Town's ground. It has a sizable licensed clubhouse - visitors always welcome, and there's a big screen TV.
FANCY A PINT? The White Horse is close to the pelican crossing mentioned earlier. It's a large, modern-style Wetherspoon's which serves meals at budget prices, and the beer is cheap with many real ales on offer. If the weather's fine, try the extensive beer garden at the back which has plenty of seating.
Located just a short walk from Wetherspoon's, the Britannia Inn, near the war memorial roundabout, is a homely hostelry owned by Marstons. It has reasonably priced drinks (try the Pedigree) and has a pool table. Its rear beer garden has COVERED seating if you fancy a fag. UPDATE ADDED MID-OCTOBER 2019: The Britannia is now doing meals seven days a week, including Saturdays, with main courses costing between £5 and £6. View details through this link....
Brigg Town FC stresses it has a fully-stocked bar with great beer prices and lots of warm affordable food options, plus Sky Sports for visiting fans to catch up on Premier League matches.
Pips Kitchen is open in the clubhouse from 8.30am through to 5pm on match days. Visiting fans can tuck into a range of meals and snacks at reasonable prices, including chip butties, jacket potatoes with various fillings, and steak pie. There's also a weekly 'special' on the menu. Call Pip on 07714 767820 for further details or to place your order. Find out more on the Pips Kitchen Facebook page. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT PIPS KITCHEN through this link...
TAKEAWAYS: Most of these are located within the town centre. Before the pelican crossing, turn LEFT past the White Horse and head along Wrawby Street into the pedestrian area. Keep walking and just before reaching the tall clock tower (pictured above) you'll find Scalinis fish & chip restaurant - sit in or takeaway options available. Alternatively, pass the clock tower into the Market Place and then turn right through a small archway into Coney Court. At the Hungry Fisherman you can eat in or sit down. Both these town centre chippies offer Day Specials. Also in the Market Place is the Yellowbelly Pizzeria, which is licensed, offering wine and also real ale from a Lincolnshire craft brewery. The Lord Nelson Hotel (just a stone's throw from the clock tower) is run by the Old Mill Brewery, Snaith, and offers food as well as ales. The Woolpack, also in the Market Place, is one of Brigg's most popular watering holes with the locals.
SANDWICHES, ROLLS & PIES: Try Cooplands on Wrawby Street (about 70 yards before the clock tower as you walk into the town centre).
LATE BREAKFAST: The Deli & Diner, on Wrawby Street, is recommended and does other meals, too. This was once a pub providing accommodation for anglers from Yorkshire who came, by train, to fish Brigg's River Ancholme for pike, perch and eels.
SPORTS BAR: The Black Bull, on Wrawby Street, has an impressive covered seating area at the back with large screen TV and (amazingly) some palm trees! It's a Craft Union house, so the beer is very competitively priced. One guest real ale is usually stocked.
A BIT OF CULTURE: Brigg Heritage Centre is in the Market Place, on the first floor of the distinctive black and white painted Angel building. Admission is free (donations welcome) and it's open on Saturdays. Star attraction is a prehistoric boat, preserved and displayed in a glass case. Exhibitions on various topics change regularly. On the ground floor of the Angel is the Cafe Courtyard which is very popular. Prime Minister Winston Churchill stayed at the Exchange Coach House during the Second World War. Entry to it is via an archway midway along Wrawby Street and a helpful sign points the way to its bars. The Exchange is renowned for its Thai food (English fare also available). This is Brigg's only grade two* (star) listed building and dates back to the 1760s.
THE MARKET: Brigg has a small Saturday market with fresh fruit available from the largest stall if you want to meet your 'five a day' quota. Once a month (usually the fourth Saturday) a large farmers' market is held. If you side's match in Brigg coincides with a farmers' market, it's well worth a visit, with ostrich burgers among the snacks on offer.
SHOPPING: Brigg is renowned for its niche shops, many of which are located in small alleyways and courtyards within the pedestrianised town centre. Well worth browsing is the Rabbit Hole Book Shop, very close to the Buttercross.
ON THE WAY HOME: As you are walking back into Brigg after the game (perhaps after a pint at the ground) we suggest calling in at the Britannia. It's close to the war memorial roundabout and only five minutes walk from the station. When you're ready to leave, use the rear exit through the archway, then head right for 50 yards. You now only need to use the zebra crossing (adjoining the Nisa Local shop) to be at the approach road back to the station for your train home. We trust you enjoyed your day out in Brigg and hope you'll return again in future seasons.