Sheffield’s Cultural Industries Quarter is one of 11 designated city centre quarters designtaed by Sheffield City Council, each with its own distinctive characteristics. A roughly triangular area just to the southwest of the city centre bounded by Eyre Street, Howard Street, Suffolk Road and St Mary’s Road, its name was chosen in 1981 as part of a council initiative to attract new businesses to the run-down former factories that typified these streets. Nowadays the area has a new lease of life, with over 300 companies based there, plus a host of shops, cafés, flats and of course, pubs.
There are currently seven venues within the Cultural Industries Quarter offering real ale, some more well-known than others. From beer-lovers’ meccas to cheap student favourites, the diverse pubs in the area offer something for everyone.
Rutland Arms, 86 Brown St, S1 2BS
A pub that needs little introduction to Sheffield’s beer fanatics, the Rutland is known for its excellent range of cask and keg beers, delicious food, distinctive exterior and vibrant atmosphere. Following a recent bar upgrade, there are now seven handpumps installed; Blue Bee Reet Pale is the only regular, and guest ales usually include an interesting mix of smaller breweries from the local region and further afield. The keg lines offer an eclectic mix of big-name craft brewers and some rarer beers, with tap takeovers and themed evenings a regular occurence. It can sometimes feel a little cramped inside (some might say cosy!) but fortunately there’s a lovely beer garden out the back, weather permitting of course.
Red Lion, 109 Charles St, S1 2ND
A 19th century inn, once a ‘Palace of Varieties’ (with evidence on the walls) that retains some rare historical features. It now draws a varied crowd, including the more discerning students and staff from the nearby university.
Reasonably priced traditional pub and Thai food menu (including popular Sunday roasts). There’s a good sized pool table, conservatory, modest but well-tended beer garden, and a Monday quiz with bingo and chips.
On the bar you will find up to four real ales: Abbeydale Moonshine and Stancill Barnsley Bitter are regulars, with something from Sheffield Brewery often making an appearance too.
And if you pop out the back there’s a striking mural by Faunagraphic.
Howard, 57 Howard St, S1 2LW
This Marston’s-owned pub with its distinctive mock-Tudor frontage underwent extensive refurbishment a couple of years ago, giving the pub a more modern look and feel inside and out. There are four handpumps on the bar offering a range of real ales from the Marston’s list which are usually pretty well-kept but a little safe. Recently got a whole new food menu featuring the usual pub meals such as burgers and small plates.
Globe, 54 Howard St, S1 2LX
Very popular with students from Sheffield Hallam University next door, the Globe definitely isn’t known as a real ale pub but does nevertheless offer three cask beers, which often include something local from either Bradfield or Thornbridge. Sports lovers will find a big screen showing all the big matches, plus there’s a food range full of standard pub fare.
Lord Nelson, 166 Arundel St, S1 4RE
A long-time favourite of Sheffield United fans on their way to Bramall Lane, if it’s a quiet pint you’re after then it’s probably wise to check the Blades’ fixture list beforehand. Featuring a simple layout with three seating areas surrounding a central bar, this small corner pub offers up to four real ales.
Sentinel Brewhouse, 178 Shoreham St, S1 4SQ
This carpet showroom turned brewhouse opened in June 2016 and has been offering a range of cask ale and craft keg beers ever since. On our last visit, there were six handpumps in use, half featuring the brewery’s own beers and half guests from mainly Yorkshire breweries. There has to be something said for drinking fresh beer in the same building it was brewed in, and the clean and comfortable surroundings offer some shelter from the busy road outside. As well as the ale, there’s also a decent food offering and regular themed nights with food and beer pairings.
Showroom Café Bar, 15 Paternoster Row, S1 2BX
This bar attached to the Showroom Cinema offers a much better pre-film drinking exprience than many cinemas, with a good range of locally-produced drinks available. There are up to two real ales on offer at any time, the regular Buxton Axe Edge plus a guest. The bar is also open to the non-film-watching public.