Route 97

This month’s guide to pubs along bus and tram routes is focused on the City to Totley part of bus route 97, operated by First South Yorkshire. In the City Centre this runs from High Street, the Peace Gardens and Moorfoot before heading out onto London Road, Abbeydale Road and Baslow Road, terminating at Gillifield Wood – the county boundary! Arriving back in the city centre Eyre Street and Arundel Gate is served. Additionally TM Travel bus 218 runs from Sheffield Interchange and follows the same route from Moorfoot to Totley before continuing to Matlock. These buses are supplemented by others as far as Broadfield – First buses 75, 76 and 98 along with Stagecoach bus 87. Once in Totley, local bus M17, operated by TM Travel, provides connections to some other local pubs in the Dore, Totley and Bradway area during the daytime. A day ticket for First buses in Sheffield (FirstDay) costs £3.80 or a day ticket on all buses and trams in Sheffield (Citywide) costs £4.50. These tickets are sold by the bus driver.

City Centre

Bankers Draft

Large two floor Wetherspoons with a bar on each floor offering a selection of real ales at reasonable prices along with their usual food offering.

Church House

A nice bar run by Heineken with food available, a range of real ales offered from their portfolio which includes Caledonian Brewery.


Traditional City Centre pub, food available, live music nights held – see advert

Mulberry Tavern

Comfortable, traditional City Centre bar upstairs with real ales and pool table, live music venue downstairs.

London Road

Old Crown Inn

A classic pub with a modern makeover, three real ales are available which generally fall into the ‘local favourite’ category and bar snacks are served. Very busy with Sheffield United fans on match days.


Good beer range can be found in this long thin pub that could have its look described as ‘shabby chic’ where you will find football supporters and musos happily rubbing shoulders. Bar snacks available.

Picture House Social

Located underneath the old Abbeydale Picture House, you descend a staircase from an almost anonymous frontage into a smart lounge which is a modern and fashionable design with a nod to the building’s art deco style. Three real ales are available, additionally interesting bottled beers from both the UK and rest of world are featured with guest bottles listed on the blackboard, these are sourced via Hop Hideout. As well as the lounge containing the bar, there is a diner and games room.


Part of the Forum Group and nicely refurbished with a vague railway and alehouse mixed theme, when you enter there is a central bar with a dining area to the left and drinking area to the right. An extensive beer range is featured with something interesting always available and on the food side of things the pub is famous for its pies.


Recently refurbished and offering a selection of real ales and good food.

Robin Hood

Part of the Ember Inns chain with their usual homely interior design and food menu, the bar features 10 handpumps generally with a variety of 5 beers on at any one time, the other pumps being prepared for the beers coming up next.

Wagon & Horses

Part of the Flaming Grill chain, this place is mostly about the dining with burgers, steaks etc, however it does have a proper pub section. Beers are mostly well known national brands.

Jack’s Bar

Located under the Beauchief Hotel, this is a comfortable cellar bar, however if the weather is nice there is also a pleasant beer garden. The beer is from Thornbridge.

Cross Scythes

A gastropub with hotel rooms in the adjoining building and an artificial beer garden at the rear. Although much of the pub is a dining area where good food is served and staff look the part, those just popping in for a drink are still made most welcome. A choice of three real ales are available, including a changing guest beer. Walk from the main road down Hillfoot Road to reach the following two pubs:

Crown Inn

proper country pub with a selection of well known beers and home cooked food. Cricket Inn – a long established pub located next to the Cricket green (the pub’s beer garden is on the same field!). This is part of the Brewkitchen chain of gastro-pubs which is a partnership between Thornbridge Brewery and Richard Smith’s restaurants. Via bus M17 – board on Baslow Road, next stop down from Cross Scythes:


Devonshire Arms

Offers a range of around 6 real ales with a mixture of local brews and well known national brands. Large multi room pub with lounge, pool table room and an adjoining wine bar/bistro.

Hare & Hounds

Looks like a row of terraced cottages from the outside, the pub is long and thin with two rooms, one a comfortable room catering for diners enjoying the value for money menu, the other a more basic tap room for drinkers. Real Ales are normally Tetleys Bitter, Abbeydale Moonshine and a guest.

Totley Rise

Shepley Spitfire

Recently refurbished Greene King estate pub with a pleasant drinkers lounge, pool table area and separate dining area. Beer garden at rear.


Old Mother Redcap

A fairly modern pub in a farmhouse style building next to Bradway bus terminus, inside the bar area is L-shaped and offers mainly fixed seating. The pub is owned by Samuel Smiths Brewery and offers all their own products at reasonable prices. Food served at most meal times.

Castle Inn

At the end of a row of terraced cottages above the railway cutting, this pub has three cosy rooms – tap room, lounge and restaurant along with a beer garden at rear. The three real ales change regularly and are mainly from breweries in Yorkshire and the East Midlands. Lunchtime meals are served daily except Monday, evening meals Tuesday to Saturday.

2 thoughts on “Route 97

  1. Cross Scythes wrongly marked on the map – actually on Baslow Road close to, as implied, The Crown Inn

    1. Thanks John! We had indeed marked the wrong Cross Scythes on the map. Sorry about that – should be fixed now.

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