In the heart of Sheffield’s Ecclesall Road you’ll stumble across one of Sheffield’s first microbars and one if its best kept secrets, Portland House. With its stylish yet minimalist interior, the bar is popular amongst locals and Sheffield’s real ale lovers, due to its wide range of hand-pulls and craft beers.
Being the first in Welbeck Abbey Brewery’s portfolio of pubs, the bar dedicates at least four of their hand-pulls to Welbeck, alongside other featured guest beers and ciders, and CAMRA members can enjoy 10% off beer orders. For something a bit stronger they stock and rotate a small but considerately selected range of spirits provided by StarmoreBoss on Sharrow Vale Road. They’ve also paired up with Le Bon Vin, a family run Sheffield wine merchants, and together they have selected a delicious range of wines available by the glass or bottle.
It’s not all about the booze though, so if you’re after something mellower you’ll find Sheffield’s own Birdhouse Tea Co or Cafeology coffee available at the bar. Both go perfectly with a slice of fruit cake provided by Tipple Tails, a Sheffield based company who make award-winning traditional fruit cakes with locally sourced ingredients. The bar is dedicated to using local suppliers for all of their products, and even serve up their own style of ‘Northern Tapas’ with their cheeses, pies and chutneys all coming from local suppliers.
The bar also hosts a range of speciality evenings from gin tasting to beer and cheese pairings, which is always held in conjunction with local suppliers and showcases their passion for their products. It’s a great place to relax and watch the world go by, and you may even bump into a local celebrity or two as the bar is often frequented by members of the Arctic Monkeys!
Portland House is located at 286 Ecclesall Road and is open six days a week (closed Mondays). Buses 65, 81, 82, 83, 88 and 272 all stop nearby.