Sheffield was recently crowned the real ale capital of the world, and anyone who knows Sheffield can not be remotely surprised by this accolade. Ale and pubs are in our blood, and they are central to what it means to be a Sheffielder.
Sadly – with pubs in the UK closing at an average rate of 29 per week – many of our best loved bars are still under threat of closure. Here are just ten pubs in Sheffield that we hope will never, ever change.
Serving the good people of Heeley and its surrounding areas for many years, this independent free house is renowned for its good ale, beer terrace, and bottled continental beer range. The building itself can be described as a quintessentially British pub, with the odd local propping up the bar. The terrace is lovely, but if you don’t happen to visit on the one sunny day of the year, the conservatory is a great spot to people watch and pretend it’s warmer outside than it really is.
The Sheaf View, 25 Gleadless Road, S2 3AA – twitter.com/SheafView
Kelham Island Tavern
This pub has more local and national awards than you can shake a stick at, as well as an international reputation for its quality ale and self-professed ‘year round beer festival’. The Tavern is a beer lover’s paradise, at the centre of the Valley of Beer. Open from 12pm to 12am day in, day out, with a quiz and regular folk music and an extensive choice of beer, this bar is dependable, entertaining, and a firm favourite with people from all over the country.
Kelham Island Tavern, 62 Russell Street, S3 8RW – kelhamtavern.co.uk
The University Arms
Owned by the University of Sheffield, this pub is loved by students, academics, and the general public alike. The beer garden is the perfect sun trap, and they make the most of it throughout the summer with live music events and barbecues.
The pub itself is a grand old building, originally built as a vicarage many moons ago. It is currently under threat from developers, so we need to show our support by drinking as much of their beer and eating as much of their food as we possibly can.
197 Brook Hill, S3 7HG – facebook.com/universityarms
The Hillsborough Hotel
This beautiful old hotel pub has been through a lot of change over recent years, with frequent changes in management and a couple of refurbs. That being said, the couple in charge now look like they’re here to stay. The current owners have reinstated all the old live music and quiz nights that people grew to love, and their old regulars are flooding back.
54-58 Langsett Road, S6 2UB – hillsborough-hotel.co.uk
The Hallamshire House
This Thornbridge Brewery pub in Commonside is very much a locals’s local. Everyone knows everyone, and it’s been that way for many a year. The students in the area are happy to call it their regular haunt too, and everyone gets on in perfect harmony.
With high quality products on offer across the board, from bar snacks (the delicious Karkli, pork pies, and loads more) and a great spirit selection to the full size snooker table and – of course – amazing beer, there’s nothing not to love about Hallamshire House.
49-51 Commonside, S10 1GF – myhallamshire.co.uk
The Closed Shop
Across the road, also on Commonside, is lovely little ale pub, The Closed Shop. Their food is to die for – good quality pub grub with some tapas thrown in for good measure. With connections to Sheffield’s very own Blue Bee Brewery, you’re guaranteed a refreshing pint here, and if pub quizzes are your cup of tea, try Andy’s themed Sunday quiz for a good laugh.
52-54 Commonside, S10 1GG – theclosedshopssheffield.co.uk
The Bath Hotel
In the heart of Sheffield, this 150 year old pub is a firm favourite with local musicians, beer buffs and pub lovers alike, and the historical interior is of national significance. On top of that, their hot roast pork sandwiches on Fridays and Saturdays are legendary. We would be heartbroken to see anything about this place change.
66-68 Victoria Street, S3 7QL – beerinthebath.co.uk
Slightly further afield, but still technically considered to be within the Sheffield District, is the Angler’s Rest at Millers Dale. Recognised by many as one of the best ale pubs in the Peak District, it’s well worth a visit. Their home-cooked meals make it the perfect addition to a day spent stomping around the hills. Having been built in the mid eighteenth century, and barely changed since, it’s almost certainly the oldest pub on this list.
Millers Dale, Buxton, SK17 8SN – theanglersrest.co.uk
The old coaching house just outside Kelham Island was taken over by its current management in 2011, just in time for Tramlines festival. In the five years since it has gone from strength to strength, with a classic combination of good drink, good music, and knowledgeable staff.
This airy, rustic Victorian pub prides itself on great food – their pies are highly recommended – good beer and an intimate atmosphere. It’s also one of the few places in the city that you can find Sheffield’s very own True North Sheffield Dry Gin, amongst an extensive spirit selection.
452 Abbeydale Road, S7 1FR – thebroadfield.co.uk
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