Community Pub focus – Shiny Sheff

The Shiny Sheff was originally built as a Whitbread pub in the late 1960’s. It was closed for a short period in 2015 and has since reopened with a new look and a new Landlord, Mike Cashmore. Mike moved from the Sportsman (Crosspool) taking on the reigns in the summer of 2015. Regular beers are Abbeydale Moonshine and Bradfield Farmers with the prospect of more to come as trade grows. The pub is a well-used suburban family pub, catering for all ages.  In addition to one-off events (eg. a celebration of Burns Night), regular events include karaoke, a twice-weekly quiz and weekly live entertainment. Other attractions include free wi-fi and a selection of children’s books. Mike wants to increase the community reach of the pub and is looking to plan further charity events as custom increases. Opening times are from 11:30 with 23:00 closure, Mon- Thu, midnight on Saturday and 23:00 on Sunday. Food is available daily from 12:00-21:00. The extensive menu caters for all and also includes ‘two for a tenner’ offers: members of the ‘Golden Club’ can also receive a ‘6th.meal free.’ The pub (274-276 Crimicar Lane, Lodge Moor, S10 4EP) is currently managed by the Bermondsey Pub Company, an independently run company which is owned by Enterprise Inns. They run 13 pubs, mostly in the north of England. The name came from HMS Sheffield, the most heavily decorated ship which has formed part of the Royal Navy. During the Second World War, the ship took part in actions against several major German warships. Unlike most Royal Navy ships of that time, her fittings were constructed from stainless steel instead of the more traditional brass. This was an attempt to reduce the amount of cleaning required. Her nickname, the “Shiny Sheff,” stemmed from this. The front bar of the pub includes a large model of the ship and numerous framed memorabilia, including many newspaper cuttings. Ex-crew members still use the pub as a regular meeting place. The stainless steel ship’s bell, (made by Hadfield’s), hangs in Sheffield Cathedral along with the battle ensign. The Shiny Sheff is one of the many community pubs which deserve our support.   – Dave Pickersgill

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