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The Queens Ground at Hillsborough has introduced real ale and real cider following the installation of three handpumps on the bar. The range is not finalised yet as they are establishing what sells well, however expect the more popular local beers such as Bradfield Farmers Blonde to feature.

The Blue Stoops on Dronfield High Street is in the process of being sold by Enterprise Inns to Forum Café Bars Group. Work to repair the building ready for winter is due to start soon with a full refurbishment planned in the new year before opening in the Spring. It will follow a similar format to venues such as the Broadfield on Abbeydale Road, the British Oak in Mosborough and the York in Broomhill – smart yet relaxed atmosphere, bar area with quality drinks including cask ales, craft beers and classic cocktails and a restaurant area with a simple menu of good chef prepared food.

The Manor House Hotel, also on Dronfield High Street, have given their bar a refurbishment with a new rustic feel. Abbeydale Moonshine continues to be available on handpump.

The Red House on Solly Street in Central Sheffield is due to reopen on 22nd September following a refurbishment. The new management is Craig and Marie Harris, who have previously had stints running the Castle Inn at Bradway and Peak Hotel in Castleton. The bar will feature five real ales from local breweries and premium lagers in the form of Estrella and Budvar. Craft keg is on the way too. Deli style food will be served in the daytime in the form of sandwiches and bar tapas. Coffee will also be available.

It will be the end of November when the extension at the Rising Sun at Nethergreen will be finished and the managers, Ryan and Nicole have covered the temporary wall with beer mats. Along with the ones on display in the other room which has been refurbished, Ryan believes that there is over a thousand. If you want to come and count them, there is a choice of thirteen hand pulled beers to choose from while you take on this task.

The Punchbowl at Crookes is now part of the Reet Ales Pub family alongside the Rutland Arms, Closed Shop, Three Tuns and Blue Bee Brewery. It reopens on 19th September following refurbishment and as well as a pub bar with real ale from Blue Bee plus guests it will be home to ‘Reet Pizza’, serving quality freshly prepared pizzas and great beer to wash it down!

Ashley Sheppard is the new manager at the University Arms who advises the pub offers an excellent range of local breweries on offer – permanently featuring ‘Acorn’, ‘Welbeck’, ‘Kelham Island’ and ‘Thornbridge’ supported by 4 other guests ales from local and national brewers at all times. The pub also offer home cooked food Monday – Saturday,  boasts a proper beer garden, conservatory and function rooms, all coming together to make a great venue for both families and ale enthusiasts – and of course students!

Due to a technical issue, the Dronfield entries are missing from the 2016 Good Beer Guide. The pubs missing are the Travellers Rest in Apperknowle, Coach & Horses in Dronfield and Rutland Arms in Holmesfield. Details of these pubs can be found at www.whatpub.com.

The Ladybower Inn has reportedly been sold to Batemans Brewery.

Peddlers Night Market takes place on Arundel Street again this month on 2nd and 3rd October with stalls featuring all sorts of street food, entertainment, stalls and craft beer.

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Dronfield & District CAMRA sub branch have presented their Pub of the Season award to the Coach & Horses in Dronfield. Dronfield Chairman Rob Barwell wasn’t available, so Sheffield & District Chairman Andy Cullen did the honours, presenting the certificate to manager James Broad and team, who also thanked the kitchen staff and customers for helping make the pub what it was.

Horse and Jockey, Unstone. –  Landlord John continues to maintain sales of Timothy Taylor’s Boltmaker. At the time of writing (4th September), the price was £2.20 per pint. This will eventually increase to £2.60.

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Traveller’s Rest, Apperknowle –  On 22nd August the Traveller’s hosted Gold Wedding celebrations for Ruth and Roger Hepworth of CAMRA’s Dronfield Branch. A magnificent afternoon buffet was followed by Pie and Peas in the evening. Music was provided by pub regulars The Hippersippi Jazz Band and choice ales were on tap.

 

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Andy Cullen

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.

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