We are pleased to announce that the Sheffield & District CAMRA Pub of the Month for July 2017, as voted for by our members, is the Wisewood Inn at Loxley.
The Wisewood Inn was re-opened in its current guise in October 2015 by owner Steve Wesley and licensee Pete Hebb. They have managed to take a run-down establishment at a difficult time for the pub trade and completely turn it around in 18 months. Their vision was to create a suburban pub that sold great beer, offered an exciting food menu, hosted regular music events and appealed to a large customer base, and they have certainly managed to achieve all these.
On the beer front, the Wisewood Inn is Cask Marque accredited and offers a wide range of cask, keg, bottled and canned ales. There are five handpumps installed, with three regular real ales available in Barnsley Bitter, Bradfield Farmers Brown Cow, and an Abbeydale pump. The remaining two pumps have seen guest beers from numerous local and national breweries, and since the re-opening there have been more than 200 different cask and keg ales on offer.
The pub also has a fantastic beer garden, perfect for sitting outside and enjoying the view on a warm summer’s day. They are soon to start hosting regular barbecues, so be sure to watch out for those! Funds raised from many of the events hosted have been used to support local business and charities, so it’s all for a good cause. For those wanting to host their own celebrations, there is a cellar bar available for hire.
Going forward, the owners are hoping to continue increasing their profile as a good real ale pub, and hopefully start to make it into Sheffield & District CAMRA’s annual Top 20 pubs of the year lists. They are also planning to extend the kitchen to deal with increased demand, and there are rumours of the pub launching its own on-site micro-brewery, so watch this space!
Steve and Pete would like to thank CAMRA, and all the members who voted for the Wisewood Inn as their Pub of the Month. A huge mention also goes to the staff, suppliers and breweries who have been really supportive, but of course none of this would be possible without the customers who have returned to the pub and made it their regular.
CAMRA members, don’t forget to vote for your next Pub of the Month. The list of current nominees can be found in Beer Matters and on our website, or if there’s a pub not on the list that you would like to see recieve some recognition, you can also nominate a pub. All votes and nominations can be made through our website, or at any branch meeting.