Inn Brief

Planning permission has been applied for to convert the former Travellers Rest in Dronfield into a domestic dwelling. The pub was notable for being the location of the first ever branch meeting of Sheffield & District CAMRA.

The Old Grindstone at Crookes is under new management again and the incoming management pair have also brought two dogs with them. Just up the road, the Punchbowl is also under new ownership, having been taken over by the People’s Pub Company.

Licensee Alan Ward has left the Walkley Cottage, having been the landlord since 2011. He had been in the pub trade for more than 40 years, having previously run the Freedom House on South Road.

The Penny Black on Pond Hill has undergone a full refurbishment, including the installation of three hand pumps. Two beers from the Greene King range feature alongside Black Sheep Best Bitter.

Sticking with the theme of refurbishments, the Hare & Hounds at Dore and the Nursery Tavern on Ecclesall Road both closed briefly before Christmas for renovations, while the Milton Arms in Elsecar reopened on 8 December after an extensive refurb.

The long-anticipated Brass Monkey micropub has now opened on Middlewood Road, Hillsborough. There are three real ales on offer, often featuring local breweries such as Bradfield, Loxley and Kelham Island. Owner Stacy Reed and his business partners also have plans for another bar in the city centre.

Rumour has it that the Sleep Hotel on Scotland Street (formerly the Crown Inn) is turning back into a real ale and craft beer pub at the hands of well-known local publicans, licensing permitted.

The Pointing Dog on Ecclesall Road has been renamed the Lost & Found. Meanwhile, the former Champs sports bar in Malin Bridge is now known as the Loxley. It remains a sports-themed venue with three real ales available.

The Dore Moor Inn is no longer a pub after Mediterranean restaurant chain Ego purchased it from previous owners Vintage Inns. Set to reopen in March, it is rumoured that Bradfield cask beers will still be available.

St Michael’s Social Club on Hunter Road is set to be sold at auction on 29 January. The building includes a bar, cellar, beer garden and living quarters.

The Riverside on Mowbray Street (owned by True North) reopened on 12 January following a bar refit. There is now a wider range of craft keg beers alongside the seven handpumps.

The Devonshire Cat is holding a Meet the Brewer evening with Manchester’s Marble Brewery on Thursday 21 February, with a number of Marble beers appearing on cask and keg.

Shakespeares on Gibraltar Street will be hosting a Meet the Brewer and tap takeover event featuring Ridgeside Brewery from Leeds on Friday 8 February from 6pm.

Over in Dronfield, the Beer Stop has expanded its range of craft lines to 4, including permanent lines from Northern Monk and Cloudwater.

Another new craft beer bar is heading to Abbeydale Road. The Dead Donkey is set to open later this year in the former Mr Pickles’ Yorkshire Food Emporium unit.

The Cross Keys at Handsworth closed before Christmas and is currently boarded up. The Everest, also in Handsworth, is undergoing refurbishment.

Someone must have been swearing at the Cow and Calf, the Sam Smiths pub at Grenoside, because the gates are closed and there are massive boulders behind the gates.

The Prince of Wales, Ecclesall Road South, will reopen on 26 January after refurbishment. The beers usually on are Abbeydale Moonshine and Old Speckled Hen; these will remain but there will be a greater range of keg beers and food.

Well done to the Gardeners Rest on Neepsend Lane and the Hallamshire House on Commonside, which have just been granted Cask Marque accreditation.

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