The bar at Crookes Social Club is now being run by Maurice Champeau, who some may remember from his role as bar manager at the Hearty Oak in Dronfield Woodhouse (from where he got made redundant when the pub closed).
Maurice has been set a challenge at the club to get a lot more beer drinkers in and increase membership, making the club a bigger success.
As well as the usual keg beers, lagers and ciders that is subject to a tied supply arrangement, he has introduced a selection of guest cask beers on handpump supplied by Stancill Brewery – Barnsley Bitter is always available with two other beers on rotation. On my visit I found the beer well kept and tasting great, the beer was also very reasonably priced.
Crookes Social Club is quite a big venue. There is a concert room and function room in addition to the two main bar rooms – the members lounge and the tap room. Anyone is welcome to drop into the tap room for a drink with no membership requirement and there is a friendly atmosphere. If you enjoy your time in the tap room you may consider joining up as a member, there are regular gigs at the club and they also play bowls, snooker and pool.
The club is on Mulehouse Road, which branches off the main road just after the Ball Inn, it is a few minute walk up the hill from here. Bus 52 drops off just before the Ball.
A beer festival is planned for November, the exact date is still to be confirmed at the time of writing but expect a range of beers from Yorkshire breweries sold at a reasonable price and a modest admission fee. Keep any eye on the club’s Facebook page or website.