Sportsman, Cambridge Street

December will see the reopening of the Sportsman on Cambridge Street in Sheffield City Centre following a refurbishment under the new management of Kelham Island Brewery and the new name of Tap & Tankard.

It will be Sheffield themed and showcase beers from local breweries – including of course Kelham Island – on it’s 8 handpumps.

There will also be a simple food offer.

Those who were a fan of the Sportsman in it’s rock bar guise needn’t be too upset – this has been moved pretty much lock and stock around the corner to the premises more recently known as Lion’s Lair which is to go back to the old days of the Yorkshireman rock pub!


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 comment

  1. Tap and Tankard: the Good, the Bad & the Ugly.

    We thought it might be a pleasure to go to a pub that has replaced a rather lack lustre rock bar serving mediocre beer, but it is not really deserving of some of the glowing revues it has received.
    Firstly, it has not been refurnished, merely cleaned and tidied up a little, with the old dark wooden bench seating, still there from the days when I used to frequent the pub in the eighties, re-cushioned and a new carpet on the floor.
    The walls have had a lick of emulsion paint and the chimney breast plastered with old copies of The Star to read – which for me was a good job.
    On entry, I ordered three pints of Kelham Island’s Pale Rider for myself and my two companions, which at £2.90 a throw is at least 10% more expensive than the £2.60 I normally pay in another pub that is only a ten minute walk away.
    The bar person said that the beer had gone off and would change the barrel, and then bring three pints over to our table.
    Twenty minutes later, and with the chimney breast thoroughly read from top to bottom, we had to remind the bar person that we were very thirsty and waiting for our drinks, because he had forgotten about us.
    When the three pints of beer finally came to the table, they had an unpleasant aroma to them, and a slightly bitter aftertaste and they definitely did not taste like the Pale Rider we have all quaffed so many times before. So, either the glassware or the pipes were tainted in some way.
    Yes, we should have complained, but after waiting twenty minutes for three overpriced beers, we decided it might not be worth the hassle, and we were moving on to the Museum. (Excellent choice of well kept beers at sensible prices, by the way)
    Then I paid a visit to the facilities at the back and was transported back to the nineteen eighties once more, because very little has changed.
    Same crappy tiles, same communal urinal trough and the same hand dryer that was out of action…crap, crap, crappetty crap.
    It was horrible and smelly, with no decent soap and no hot water.
    Unless things improve drastically, we will definitely not return to it.
    Disappointingly lack lustre is about the best I can say about it.

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