New micropubs

The micropub revolution continues to change the face of beer drinking across the country, and Sheffield is no exception. Since the city’s first micropub – the Beer House on Ecclesall Road – opened in December 2014, a number of new venues have now joined the scene. In the last month alone there have been two micropubs opened in the Steel City, both of which serve real ale.

Brewer & Hop (40 Wostenholm Road, S7 1LJ) is a classic micropub with a one-room layout dominated by the bar. Owned by husband and wife team, Lauren and Dom Seigies, the pub is located within the Dalbury & Palmer hotel complex. On our first visit there were three real ales on the bar: Sheffield Brewery’s Seven Hills and Five Rivers, as well as Sentinel SG. There was also a selection of traditional bottled ales, plus a lager and keg cider. According to the owners, there are plans to introduce a craft keg line in future. During the recent warm weather there has also been a number of outdoor tables to allow drinkers to enjoy their pints outdoors.

Interior of the Garden Room

Just a 10-minute walk away, the Garden Room (287 Ecclesall Road, S11 8NX) is a café cum wine bar cum micropub located in the former Captain’s Cup coffee shop, opposite the Portland House. This is another husband and wife operation, with new owners Gary and Julie undertaking their first independent venture having previously been in charge at the Cock & Magpie in Chesterfield. On our visit, Thornbridge Jaipur and Castle Rock Harvest Pale were available on handpump, alongside a selection of keg beers.

Meanwhile, just as we were going to print we received news that the keys had been handed over for the Chapeltown Tap House, a new micropub located in a railway arch opposite Chapeltown station. We look forward to visiting soon!

Dominic Nelson

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