This months Pub of the Month award see us back in Commonside at the Closed Shop, directly opposite last months winner, Hallamshire House. Beer drinkers in the area have never had it so good!
The Closed Shop was taken on by Sheffield’s Reet Ale Pubs over three years ago and it has since gone from strength to strength. A large scale refurbishment in July 2013 added the kitchen and updated the interior. It’s a traditional style pub with separate areas on different levels, and a large beer garden. The back room has a pool table and large TV screen for showing the occasional sports event.
Manager Andy Stephens, Assistant Manager Christie McIntosh and bar staff Dan, Kirsten and Louise have worked hard to ensure the pub has a very friendly feel. It’s a great pub to just sit and chat to friends and the informal nature of the staff adds to the atmosphere. Evidence of this is the outdoor ‘A’ board with its ever changing humorous comments. (the word ‘humorous’ is being used loosely in this context as you’ll see when you visit!)
However don’t let this light-hearted touch fool you when it comes to the serious business of food and Drink. 8 handpulls serve an array of fine beer, always including Blue Bee’s excellent Reet Pale, which is hardly a surprise as the company also owns the brewery. One or two Blue Bee specials usually feature on the other pumps as well as a range of local and national beers featuring a variety of styles.
A good wine and spirits list caters for the non-beer drinkers. Worth a mention is Christie’s ‘Ginfusions’ – gin from Locksleys of Sheffield infused with an array of flavourings. Home cooked food is also a feature of the pub with a good mix of traditional dishes such as steak and ale pie, classic burgers, and old-favourite butties. Chef Dean Long and assistants Simon and James produce an ever-changing specials board to add to the choice and vegetarian options are always available. Sundays see the menu expanded to include traditional roast meats which are extremely popular.
Wednesday and Sunday quizzes are a big attraction at the pub. Free to enter, often themed, and with a range of prizes.
Sheffield CAMRA will be presenting the award on Tuesday 8th March. The evening starts at 8 pm, with a free buffet after the presentation.
The Closed Shop opens at 4 weekdays, food till 9.30, and opens midday at weekends, with food till 9. Full details are on the pub’s website www.theclosedshopsheffield.co.uk or their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/TheClosedShop. You can also follow them on twitter – @theclosedshop. Get there on bus 95 or car parking is available at the rear of the pub.