Pub of the Month February 2019

We first visited the Blake during the Sheffield Beer Census in June 2017 and were so impressed with it that we make a point of calling in whenever we are visiting friends in Walkley. Although we are neither local or regulars we are always made welcome.

Formerly part of the Stones brewery estate, the Blake is now owned by James Birkett, who also runs the Sheaf View and Wellington pubs, along with Neepsend Brewery. It’s a street corner pub with a central bar and three comfortable rooms, including one with a log burning stove for the cold nights. There’s also an outside sitting area for when it gets warmer.

On the bar you’ll find Neepsend Blonde plus 5 rotating guest ales, usually from small independent brewers. There’s also a good choice of international beers either on keg or in bottle and a scrumpy for cider lovers. On the shelves behind are over 180 different whiskies, plus a range of rums and gins. Pork pies are usually available as well as the usual snacks.

A major attraction of the Blake and the other pubs in this group is that they don’t have TVs or background music. You go there for the company and conversation. It’s surprising how many dog walkers find their way there too, and quiz lovers are welcome on a Wednesday.

It’s a great local – I wish it was nearer to where I live! You’ll find it open between 12 noon and 11.30pm seven days a week but it’s either uphill or downhill if you’re walking to this pub on Blake Street. A choice of either the 95 (Fulton Rd stop) or 31 buses will help get you there.

Malcolm Dixon

We will be presenting the Blake Hotel with their award on Tuesday 12 February, as usual arriving from around 8pm onwards for a presentation at 9pm. We hope you can join us!

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