Wharncliffe Arms, Wharncliffe Side

Running this lovely, local country pub is myself, Dave. This is the second time I’ve run this little pub, the first time being around nine years ago. I started out at the young age of 18 working for Ward’s Brewery in Sheffield, which gave me my love for real ale.

I took the Arms back on in January 2015 working as a manager for somebody else, but it soon turned out that it wasn’t for him and wanted to leave. It then became apparant that the place was going to shut and get boarded up, which I couldn’t let happen as it’s been my local in one way or another for around 15 years, so I took on my own lease in April 2015.

In that time we have redecorated twice and increased the cask ale range from one to now six cask ale pumps. We stock a huge range of real ale with the regulars being Bradfield Farmer’s Brown Cow and Robinson’s Dizzy Blonde. The rest are made up from a range of breweries from local ones like Bradfield, to Cross Bay in Morecambe and Maxim in Sunderland. We have a strong relationship with Robinson’s brewery, who have been really supportive in helping this little pub grow and for which I’m grateful.

wharncliffe pumps

As well as the beer, we have a great range of other things going on. We hold bingo nights on a Mondaywhere every penny is paid back out in prizes. We also do a quiz night on a Wednesday which has proven to be very popular, with a gallon of beer given away every week. Alongside that we run “The Golden Cap”, which is basically a bag of bottle caps with one being gold. Pick the golden one and you’ve won the jackpot, which was £1000 the last time it was won.

We hold a brilliant folk session on the last Thursday of each month, which is run by the Fates group and is proving highly popular.  Every Saturday night we have a live singer which ranges from a five piece band to some brilliant solo acts, we also do karaoke once a month just to break it up a little.

On a Friday tea time we serve our home made gourmet burgers, including our now famous Wharncliffe Whopper (try it if you dare!). We also have a lovely riverside beer garden with swings and a slide for kids to play on.

Coming up on Sunday 27 August from 1-7pm we have a special one-off live music festival in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, featuring Tony Walsh, Amy Carnall, Stevie Moore, Shades of Vinnie and more plus an outside bar and food. Please come along and support this great cause!

Dave Briggs

You can find the Wharncliffe Arms at 72 Main Road, Wharncliffe Side, Sheffield, S35 0DN. The number 57 bus from the city centre stops almost directly outside the pub, as does the SL1 Supertram link bus from Middlewood.

3 comments

  1. Not sure if Dave Briggs has now gone – think he must have – but the Wharncliffe Arms now seems on its last legs. Recent visit on a Saturday evening found it nearly empty – 5 paying customers – with good range of handpulled ales but the pint of Bradfield Farmers Blonde I had was undrinkably bad. Just left it and went. Someone from CAMRA needs to help and advise them.

  2. Hi Paul,

    From what I’ve heard, Dave has now moved to the Blue Ball just up the road but I can’t comment on the Wharncliffe Arms as I haven’t been there myself. However, we will continue to support all pubs in our branch area that serve real ale and your feedback will definitely be taken on board.

    Thanks,
    Dom

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