Inn Brief

It has been announced that the Two Rivers cafe bar should be opening in the autumn. This is a micropub being converted from former public toilets that sits over the confluence of the rivers Don and Sheaf on Blonk Street, an area of the City Centre currently being smartened up as part of the Grey-to-Green scheme which covers the corridor from West Bar to Castlegate. The bar will feature up to 5 cask beers and will also do food. It is owned by Red Sky Inns, who also own the Riverside cafe near Hillsborough and the Wentworth at Carbrook.

A planning application has gone in to turn the former Steel City Cakes shop unit at 434-436 Abbeydale Road (across the junction from the Broadfield) into a micropub.

The Olde Nags Head at Castleton has a house beer brewed just down the valley at Intrepid Brewery. Lucky Hoof is a 4.3% amber coloured best bitter.

The Old Mustard Pot at Midhopestones reopened at the end of June. Under the new management of Matt Dawson, the pub offers an extensive food menu in addition to three cask beers. On our visit, these included Fullers Chiswick Bitter, a beer not often seen in our area.

Good luck to Holly Whittaker-Leggett and family who have taken the Castle in Bolsterstone on a six-year lease. The is a large imposing open plan pub next to church in the centre of village. Popular with walkers and frequented by the local male voice choir, it was listed as an Asset of Community Value (ACV) in April 2014, the first Sheffield pub to achieve this status. Beers vary, but often include Black Sheep, Bradfield, Robinsons, Timothy Taylors and Wychwood. There is occasional live music, a quiz on Sunday evenings, Wednesday evening poker and Thursday, bingo and card night. The pub is also one of the sponsors for Stocksbridge Walkers are Welcome.

The Green Dragon in Dronfield are holding their annual party in the car park on Sunday 25th August from 3pm to raise money for the local “Sam’s Journey” charity. There will be entertainment, stalls, bacon sarnies plus of course the pub’s bar.

The latest addition to the growing collection of pubs and bars around the Kelham Island area is Saw Grinders Union at Globe Works, Shalesmoor, which opened on Thursday 4th July, compromising two buildings around a courtyard which between them feature a bar, coffee shop and restaurant. The smart looking bar has two handpumps serving cask beers which at the time of writing were from Abbeydale Brewery, they also have a number of craft beers on their keg taps.

The Peak Hotel at Castleton has had a minor refurbishment and introduced a new food menu, they have also moved onto Heineken’s smart dispense system for cask ales which is more eco friendly, using less cleaning chemicals and also using less energy for cellar cooling.

Crookes Social Club is celebrating their 100th anniversary with a festival from 9th to 11th August, raising funds for Sheffield Childrens hospital charity.

The New Barrack Tavern on Penistone Road near Hillsborough is hosting a charity music festival over the bank holiday weekend 23rd to 25th August.

Out & About, the LGBT+ beer drinkers group are leading a pub crawl after the Pride event in Endcliffe Park on 27th July, starting from the Ale Club on Ecclesall Road at 4:30pm.

Inn Brief, Pubs

About Andy Cullen

Andy has been actively involved in CAMRA since the early 2000s after being recruited to sit on a National Younger Members Task Group. Since then he has held roles on the branch committee including Secretary, Membership Secretary, Magazine Editor, Chair and now Social Secretary. Andy has also been involved with the Steel City Beer & Cider Festival almost every year since becoming active in the branch.

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