A couple of issues ago, we brought you the pubs of the Cultural Industries Quarter, and this month we have the comprehensive round-up of all the pubs in another of the city centre’s 11 quarters.
As you have probably gathered from the name, the Cathedral Quarter is centred around the Cathedral Church of St Peter and St Paul, often simply known as Sheffield Cathedral. Previously just a parish church, it was elevated to cathedral status in 1914 and is one of only five Grade I listed buildings in the city.
The real ale venues around this area are a microcosm of the pubs around Sheffield, with traditional locals sitting side-by-side with large chain pubs, restaurants and café bars. There is plenty of choice for discerning and casual drinkers alike, with beers to suit all tastes and budgets.
St James Street
Well-known among Sheffield’s live music fans as a premier rock venue, this Star-owned pub is currently run by Andrew Delemere. The pub has recently undergone a complete refurbishment, including a new recording studio upstairs, and is set to re-open at the end of August. In recent times, there has been a definite move towards real ale with up to four now available at any time, a rotating local beer (often from Kelham Island Brewery) joining the three regulars from national brands.
As the name suggests, this restaurant specialises in pizza and craft beer and is popular with drinkers as well as diners. There are three changing real ales available alongside an extensive range of craft cans and bottles. As an added bonus, there is a very pleasant seating area in Paradise Square in which to enjoy them.
Silver Street Head
This peculiarly-shaped pub is full of character, with its myriad wooden and brass features and mixture of seating areas. Loved by real ale fans and nearby office workers alike, the Three Tuns offers up to six cask ales, often including a local brewery such as Blue Bee. The meals are also popular here – think traditional pub fare such as sandwiches, burgers and fish and chips. Of course, there is also a fantastic pub quiz every Thursday from 7pm.
This traditional pub with guest rooms has recently seen a change of management and unfortunately we have not been able to check in since the handover. Presumably the layout of the pub has not changed; the central horseshoe bar is the main feature, with a number of surrounding seating areas. On our last visit to the pub there were four working hand pumps.
Like the Church House above, this pub is known for its affection for rock and alternative music and has either live music or a DJ set most evenings. However, this is a cosier, one-room affair and has a wider selection of real ales, with as many as six available. Kelham Island Easy Rider and Wychwood Hobgoblin are the regulars. There are also two Weston’s real ciders on offer, plus a generous 10% discount for CAMRA members on all real ales.
This large Wetherspoon pub is housed in a converted bank building and offers the chain’s popular combination of cheap beer and reasonably-priced food. On the real ale front, the three standard Wetherspoon regulars are joined by up to seven guest casks, although it is often fewer than this apart from during festival times. Look out for the Steel City Festival beer mats with this pub’s name on them!
If you’re looking for a relaxed venue that takes great pride in both its food and drink offerings, Cavell’s offers both to a good standard. Two changing real ales are usually available at this family-run café bar, alongside a range of draught lagers and an extensive food menu which caters to all tastes.