Inn Brief

The Freemasons at the bottom of Walkley Lane is under new management and is now called The Riverside. There is a range of real ales starting at £2.35 a pint.

The Sportsman at Crosspool, an Ember Inn has six real ales with the guest beers being voted for by the customers. There is an illustrated Ale Guide with descriptions of the beers to choose from. The manager Michael Cashmore and his team offer all real ales at £2.49 after 5pm on Monday and to CAMRA members there is 20p off all the time.

The Coach & Horses in Dronfield is offering 20p off a pint for CAMRA members on all the Thornbridge cask ales.

A planning application has been submitted to Sheffield Council seeking permission to demolish The Wheel, Plumbley Lane, Mosborough, and replace it with housing. Documents supporting the application say there are other pubs nearby and The Wheel is no longer financially viable. A decision is expected from the council by the end of March.

Bamford Post Office has relocated to the Angler’s Rest. Liz Marshall, of pub owners Bamford Community Society, said: “We are delighted to be able to save this amenity.”

The Yew Tree, Holmley Lane, Coal Aston now serves Timothy Taylor’s Landlord on handpull. Licensee Andy Jarvis reports that it is selling well.

The Wagon & Horses at Millhouses will by the time this magazine hits the streets have reopened as part of the Flaming Grill Pub chain. Other pubs locally operating under this brand include the Ridgeway Arms and the Belfry. The food side of the pub offers reasonably priced burgers, steaks, wraps etc and the bar side includes a selection of the more well known real ales with a 10% discount for CAMRA members.

The Millhouses is under new management with the same company as the Talbot Arms in Dronfield Woodhouse taking the lease. A new food menu has been introduced.

The Tickled Trout in Barlow, Hearty Oak in Dronfield Woodhouse and Blue Stoops in Dronfield were at the time of writing closed and either for sale or to let.

The Horns Inn at Holmesfield is up for sale, freehold, as Enterprise Inns are disposing of the property. In the meantime the pub has reopened temporarily as a freehouse with real ales and bar snacks available!

The Derby Tup on Whittington Moor has reached the significant landmark of 30 consecutive years inclusion in the Camra Good Beer Guide and to mark the occasion the pub owners Castle Rock brewery and the Derby Tup held a celebration evening on Thurs 20th Feb.

The Closed Shop at Commonside celebrated its 1st Birthday(!) since re-opening under the management of the folk from the Rutland Arms on the 13th of February with a build-your-own-butty-buffet, music, and plenty of ale!

The British Oak at Mosborough appears to have been bought by the Forum Café Bar group to be converted into a Broadfield style venue which has proved very successful with good beer, food and service.

The Brown Bear in Sheffield City Centre has a new sign!

The Ball Inn, Crookes has just had four more hand pumps fitted taking the total to fourteen. Two of the pumps will have beer from Sheffield’s newest brewery, Stancill. More news next month.

The Peaks Inn at Castleton is now under the new management of Rick Ellison, who already operates the Old Hall in Hope. By the time this magazine hits the streets it should have reopened, following a thorough clean!

Also by publication, the Yew Tree at Malin Bridge should have reopened as Champs2. Like its sister pub on Ecclesall Road, it will be a local pub serving real ale but with a lively atmosphere with sport on the TV and American fast food such as burgers and chicken wings on the menu.

The Cavendish on West Street is now open following refurbishment, it is still aimed at students but has been rethemed – the brand is no longer ‘Its a Scream’, now it is ‘crafted for students’. Those students wanting to go and get work done there will appreciate the free Wi-Fi and plug sockets for laptops at the fixed tables. As before there are pool tables, TVs and food, however the revolution here is on the bar.

As well as the usual mainstream keg nonsense (smoothflow bitters and generic lagers) there is also a section of the bar given to ‘craft’ with a blackboard advertising what is on the 5 craft keg fonts and 3 handpumps. On the handpumps so far it looks like a choice of Abbeydale Moonshine beer and Westons Old Rosie Cider plus a guest ale all at prices that are reasonable for the City Centre.

Affinity Club on Arundel Gate is no more and is once again known as the Mulberry Tavern. The pub reopened under new management on Saturday 15th February following a refurbishment to convert it back to a traditional pub. It is still a work in progress in that the downstairs bar is not yet in use, this is still under refurbishment and will host live music. The main pub upstairs has a bar with two real ales and reasonable prices, pool table and juke box.

Inn Brief, Pubs

About Andy Cullen

Andy has been actively involved in CAMRA since the early 2000s after being recruited to sit on a National Younger Members Task Group. Since then he has held roles on the branch committee including Secretary, Membership Secretary, Magazine Editor, Chair and now Social Secretary. Andy has also been involved with the Steel City Beer & Cider Festival almost every year since becoming active in the branch.


  1. A memorial to the Great Sheffield Flood has been installed on the site of a building destroyed in the disaster. The original Gardener’s Rest pub at Neepsend was one of 700 buildings washed away on March 11, 1864. Artist Simon Wrigglesworth-Baker, has created a sculpture and plaque. He said: “It seems appropriate the sculpture should be placed here on the site of a building destroyed in the 1864 flood, and which is now the garden of the present-day pub – which was also badly damaged in the floods of 2007.”

  2. Developer Staghold Ltd has submitted an application to Sheffield Council to knock down the South Sea pub, (Broomhill) and its accompanying manager’s flat and build two blocks, each home to two apartments. During the 1970s, ’80s and through the ’90s it thrived as a pub, eatery and venue for comedy. In 2011 under new owners, it was transformed into a 200-capacity music venue.

    1. ive signed a lease on the place and the planning permission was applied for in case I didn’t sign as a contingency plan.

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