Commonside is one of those classic Sheffield locations that stick in the mind as somewhere unique, especially as a beer drinker. You alight the number 95 bus on the crest of the Barber Road hill, outside the Dram Shop off-licence and New Cod on the Block fish & chip shop. If you are my age you nod at PA Jewellery (Old Bank, Commonside, Walkley) remembering how often their adverts and sponsorship were on Radio Hallam and walk up Commonside where two good pubs are opposite one another. You wonder why you don’t make the effort a little more often. The Hallamshire House is one of those pubs. It is a Sheffield classic multi-room pub and when the long serving licencee retired the lease was taken over by Thornbridge Brewery. A refurbishment took place that gave the pub a more clean, smart and modern look without losing the classic character that people loved about the pub. The two snug like rooms at the front of the pub are still present and correct, as is the big back room with the full size snooker table – one of the few still left in Sheffield pubs – along with the lounge. There is also now a fairly unique smokers room downstairs – an undercroft area with sofas and tables, which extends out into a small beer garden area at the rear. Whatever type of pub you love, there is probably a room for you! Meanwhile at the bar, managers Tom & Becky Ashfield and their team present a selection of craft beers across all the formats – cask real ales, keg, bottle and can; mainly from Thornbridge but complimented by interesting guests – always kept to a high standard. You can be alerted to exciting new beers appearing on the bar by following the pub on Twitter – @HallamshireHaus. Bar snacks are available in the form of pork pies, sausage rolls and scotch eggs. On the entertainment front, there is a monthly blues club, regular quiz nights and other special events. Otherwise it is just great beer served in a nice chilled out pub. Join us for the award presentation evening, we’ll be there from about 8pm on Tuesday 9th February. The Hallamshire House is open Monday to Wednesday 4pm to 11:30pm, Thursday noon to 11:30pm, Friday & Saturday noon to 12:30am and Sunday noon to 11:30pm. Website: www.myhallamshire.co.uk.