The Sheffield area has an enviable list of breweries and many of the have either an on site tap room, their own pubs or an independent pub of choice for trying their beers! Here is our guide to the best places to sample local ales.
Devonshire Cat, City Centre
With 12 handpumps adorning the bar and over 100 beers from around the world, the Dev Cat is a great place for the discerning drinker. Now operated by Abbeydale Brewery, there are usually up to six of their beers as well as a number of interesting guests. A recent refurbishment has created a central island bar with various seating areas around.The menu ranges from light snacks through to full meals served all day to 9pm (6pm Sundays).
Getting there: tram to West Street, various City Centre bus routes.
Rising Sun, Nether Green
This pub is a large suburban roadhouse operated by local brewer Abbeydale. There are two comfortably furnished rooms with is a log burning fire between the main bar and the glass roofed extension, which also has glass panels in the end wall. A range of Abbeydale beers is always served, with up to six guests mainly from micros, dispensed from the impressive bank of 13 handpumps. Also has 9 keg taps serving continental lagers and keg ales. Quizzes are on Sunday and Wednesday evenings. The Sunfest beer festival is in the second week in July.
Getting there: bus 83a or 120
Blue Bee Brewery
Kelham Island Tavern, Kelham Island
Former CAMRA National Pub of the Year (2008 and 2009) and regular regional and local winner, this small gem was rescued from dereliction in 2002. A two roomed free house with impressive garden. Twelve handpumps dispense an impressive range of beers, always including a mild, a porter and a stout. In the warmer months you can relax in the pub’s multi award-winning beer garden. Regular folk music features on Sunday evenings and quiz night is Monday. No meals Sunday.
Getting there: tram to Shalesmoor stop or buses 57/81/82/86
King & Miller, Deepcar
This pub was originally a three roomed village local which is now two roomed. The large public bar has fixed seating, two good windows and a separate pool area at the rear through a widish doorway and stone walls – Victorian fireplace with coal fire, button upholstered fixed seating. There are some fine etched Tennant Brothers (two internal and one external) windows each with a colourful stained and leaded crest. The pub was taken over as their second pub by Bradfield Brewery in April 2018 in order to provide up to six beers from the Bradfield range. After sympathetic refurbishment, it reopened in October 2018.
Getting there: bus SL1/SL1a (link bus – connects with trams at Middlewood)
Nags Head, Loxley
Tap for the nearby Bradfield brewery, this friendly two-roomed country pub is on the main road towards High Bradfield. Six beers are available, including both seasonal and special one-offs, all at very competitive prices. Good home-cooked food is served (no food Sunday evening, Monday or Tuesday). Excellent views of the Loxley Valley can be enjoyed from the outdoor drinking area. The games room includes a ¾ size snooker table. Opens early at weekends (10:00) to cater for anglers and walkers. The front of the pub was extended in 2019, to enlarge the main bar area.
Getting there: bus 61/62 (rural bus – connects with trams and other buses at Hillsborough Interchange)
Wharncliffe Arms, Wharncliffe Side
A pub since the 1830’s, closed by Punch in Nov 2011, reopened as a free house in Sept 2012. A long single room split into distinct areas by the bar, open fires at both ends. A locals pub with a focus on conversation. Local carol singing Sunday lunchtimes in December. Also hold fairly regular charity auctions. Bought by Bradfield Brewery, September 2019, and reopened on November 21st.
Getting there: bus 57/SL1/SL1a
The Ale Club, Ecclesall Road
The Ecclesall Ale Club is an ale house and bottle shop run by Brew Foundation selling beer in cask, keg, bottle and can from independent breweries. Five hand pumps and eight keg taps.
Getting there: bus 65/81/82/83/83a/272
The Ale Club, Fulwood
Cosy drinking den & bottle shop, the second tap from Brew Foundation, the sister to the Ecclesall Ale Club. Opened on 14th December 2019.
Getting there: bus 83a/120
Chantry Inn, Handsworth
Traditional pub in St Mary’s churchyard. Three rooms with low ceilings supported by oak beams. One of four pubs in the UK with claims to be built on holy ground. Originally house for chaplains from mid-13th century becoming a public house in 1804. Sword dancers practice here in the winter. Re-opened as a Chantry Brewery pub., 16th.May 2019.
Getting there: bus 30/30a, 52/52a, X5, X6
Cutlers Arms, Rotherham
Originally dated 1825, the pub was rebuilt for Stones Brewery of Sheffield in 1907. Architect R. Wigfull was responsible for the impressive façade and other features. It was faced with demolition in the early 2000’s but was saved following statutory listing in 2004. Following a period of closure it was newly restored to its original Edwardian splendour by Chantry Brewery, reopening in February 2014. It retains some of the original art nouveau windows, tiling and original curved bar counter with elegant dividing screen. Local craftsmen were employed on the restoration. Offering a full range of Chantry beers, guest ales, two real ciders and quality craft beers on tap. Live music is on every Saturday evening, Sunday afternoon and most Fridays. Featured in CAMRA’s National Inventory of Historic Pub Interiors. No formal meals served but snacks such as pickled eggs and specialist pork pies are.
Getting there: Bus X1 or walk from Rotherham Central tram & train station.
Brewery tap room, Parkgate
The brewery is in a double industrial unit near Parkgate shopping park and now has a tap room upstairs on the mezzanine level offering the opportunity to drink the beer at source!
Getting there: Tram Train to Parkgate terminus
Frog & Parrot, City Centre
Greene King pub recently revamped and much smarter than previous incarnations. L shaped with a raised bar area, large windows overlook Division Street. DJ nights and live bands draw crowds at weekends. Local guest beers feature.
Getting there: West Street tram stop, various City Centre bus routes.
Don Valley Brewery
Blind Monkey, Walkley
Re-opened 27th April 2018 after extensive renovation. The formally open-plan pub is split into four separate areas. Decor was obtained from a large variety of sources. Much is ‘of age,’ little is recent. The bar area includes, possibly unique, pump handles and lots of design-care. The outside area is well planned and offers a comfortable experience on sunnier days. Food is available.
Getting there: bus 135
Drone Valley Community Brewery
Drone Valley Brewery, Unstone
Community-owned five brewer’s barrel establishment which commenced brewing in 2016. The brewery is primarily volunteer operated and welcomes new members and shareholders alike. Opens to the public serving cask and bottled beer on Saturday afternoons.
Getting there: bus 43/44
Fuggle Bunny Brew house, Halfway
Family owned brew house. Open as an off-license for take-away beer Mon-Fri, and as the Fuggle Bar on Friday only.
Getting there: tram to Halfway Park & Ride, bus 80/80a
Brewery tap room, Neepsend (coming soon)
Kelham Island Brewery
Fat Cat, Kelham Island
Opened in August 1981, this is the pub that started the real ale revolution in the Kelham Island area. Beers from around the country are served alongside those from the adjacent Kelham Island Brewery. Vegetarian and gluten-free dishes feature on the menu (food 12-3 and 6-8 Monday – Friday; 12-7 Saturday; 12-3 Sunday). The walls are covered with many awards presented to the pub and brewery. In June 2018, local artist Matt Cockayne, spend three days painting a mural on the outside corner wall. Beer festivals are held every August and at various other times. Monday is curry and quiz night.
Getting there: tram to Shalesmoor, buses 57/81/82/86
Lost Industry Brewing
Industry Tap, City Centre
Specialist craft beer bar brought to you buy the same people as Lost Industry Brewing, featuring a keg tap wall with 21 lines including both Lost Industry and guests plus a fridge full of cans and bottles. The tap list is displayed on a TV screen above the bar. A simple bar food offer of pizza and panninis is available to accompany your beer.
Getting there: Various City Centre bus routes
Formally, the Palm Tree, renamed as The Raven, November 2019. Traditional friendly community pub. Live music, open mic nights, karaoke. Since September 2019 operated by the owners of Wisewood Inn and Loxley Brewery. The pub closed for renovation and reopened on Friday 15th.November 2019. Six handpumps (including four Loxley beers) and nine craft keg taps.
Getting there: bus 52a
Wisewood Inn, Wisewood
A pub popular with drinkers, main bar has three rooms (including a pool room). The cellar bar downstairs is available for hire for all occasions. A large garden to the rear, possibly the largest beer garden in Sheffield, overlooks the Loxley valley. The varied food menu includes continental sausages, pizza and tapas. Adjacent to the cellar bar is located the Loxley Brewery, which commenced production in February 2018. CAMRA Pub of the Month July 2017 and April 2020.
Getting there: bus 61/62 (rural bus – connects with trams and other buses at Hillsborough Interchange)
Guest beers from small/independent breweries include a stout or porter. The pub also provides probably the largest selection of whisky in Sheffield with over 200 available. At the top of a steep hill (pedestrian handholds provided), this community pub reopened as a free house in 2010 after seven years of closure. Extensively restored, it has many Victorian features, including etched windows and mirrors. At the rear is a large decked garden. No electronic games, TV or jukebox.
Getting there: short walk from bus 95, 95a or 135
Sheaf View, Heeley
A nineteenth century pub near Heeley City Farm, the Sheaf experienced a chequered history before becoming a real ale oasis since re-opening as a freehouse in 2000. The walls and shelves are adorned with assorted breweriana and provide an ideal background for good drinking and conversation. A wide range of international beers, together with malt whiskies and a real cider complement the eight reasonably priced real ales. Six guest beers (one of which is always from Neepsend Brewery) and an extensive range of bottle Belgium and continental beers. Great value and a warm welcome come as standard. A busy pub especially on Wednesday quiz night and Sheffield United match days.
Getting there: buses 10/10a/11a/18/20/24/25/43/44/252/X17
Traditional cosy, three roomed real ale pub. Neepsend beers are brewed on a separate site but still form the core beer range here alongside a range of guest beers including a stout or porter.
Getting there: Shalesmoor tram stop is next to the pub or bus 57/81/82/86
Sheffield Brewery Company
Sheffield Brewery tap room, Neepsend
The Sheffield Brewery Company has operated in the historic Albyn Complex since 2006, well-known for producing the world famous Blanco Polish in its time. Nowadays, the original, rustic Victorian red-brick factory houses one of the UK’s only traditional, gravity-fed tower brewing systems, and is home to the Brewery Tap Room – open to the public on most Fridays and Saturdays. When the bar is open, four of their beers are available.
Getting there: Shalesmoor tram stop or bus 7/8
Gardeners Rest, Neepsend
Taken over by the Gardeners Rest Community Society in 2017, this friendly well-run free house acts as the brewery tap for the nearby Sheffield Brewery. In addition to, at least, four Sheffield Brewery beers, there are up to eight guests, sourced nationwide from small independent breweries. Also available are, at least, two ciders. The main bar, with its clean bright interior, houses art exhibitions. To the rear is a conservatory leading to a beer garden which overlooks the River Don. On the left is a cosy ‘Dram Shop’ with a restored bar billiards table. There is live music at weekends and regular beer festivals. Snacks are available. Sheffield and District CAMRA Pub of the Year 2019.
Getting there: Infirmary Road tram stop is 5 minutes walk away or bus 7/8 stops outside
Albion, London Road
Recently returned to it’s original pub name of the Albion and very much a Sheffield United supporters pub although a relaxed venue on non-match days. Operated by Stancill Brewery and offers up to 10 beers on handpump.
Getting there: Bus 20/43/44/75/76/86/97/98
Closed Shop, Commonside
Traditional friendly local in a residential setting, with a focus on customer service and traditional pub values. Following a significant refurbishment in 2013 and further changes in 2017 when Stancill Brewery took over the operation of the pub, there are 10 handpumps, dispensing beers from Stancill and guests. Weekly quiz each Wednesday.
Getting there: bus 95/95a
Horse & Jockey, Wadsley
Tastefully decorated with three distinct areas surrounding a central bar. An exposed brick feature fireplaces divides the carpeted lounge. There is also a games area with pool and darts. A Stancill Brewery Tap the pub offers ten real ales, two locally brewed lagers, four craft keg beers, cocktails, an extensive gin wall, cocktails, Novell coffee and they work closely with quality street food providers such as Nether Edge Pizza Company.
Getting there: bus 57/61/62
Old Grindstone, Crookes
Managed by Stancill brewery since May 2019. Extended greatly the upper level games areas was once a separate outbuilding. Has large projection screen in back room for televised sport. Plenty of other screens in rest of pub. Offers a range of severn beers from Stancill Brewery, some regular and some seasonal.
Getting there: bus 52/52a
The Brewery of St Mars of the Desert
SMOD tap room, Attercliffe
Tap room in building adjacent to brewery around the same courtyard. Opens to the public most Fridays and Saturdays (this can vary at the moment, check social media for latest updates) with a selection of their beers on keg tap plus bottled beers available to take home. Sometimes new beer launches take place at the tap room sessions. The tap room bar is normally staffed by the brewers themselves who can answer questions about the beer and will from time to time conduct brewery tours.
Getting there: bus 9/9a/52/52a or tram to Attercliffe.
Tapped Brew Co
Sheffield Tap, Sheffield Station
Opened in 2009 this was originally the first class refreshment room for Sheffield Midland Station, built in 1904. After years of neglect the main bar area has been subject of an award-winning restoration retaining many original features. Included on CAMRA’s National Inventory of Historic Pub Interiors. Further seating has been provided in the entrance corridor and to the right of the bar. Usually three beers are from the on-site Tapped Brewery, opened in 2013 in the impressive former dining room and which can be viewed behind the glass screen. Foreign beer includes over 200 bottled beers.
Getting there: Train or tram to Sheffield Station, buses to Sheffield Interchange
Bath Hotel, City Centre
A careful restoration of the 1930’s interior gave this two roomed pub a conservation award and acknowledgement by CAMRA as one of Britain’s pubs with Nationally Important Historic Pub Interior. The bar lies between the tiled lounge, a small corridor drinking area and the cosy well-upholstered snug. There are usually three Thornbridge beers and thee guests available. There’s regular live music and a weekly quiz on Thursdays. Food is light snacks only.
Getting there: Tram to University of Sheffield, buses 6/52/52a/95/95a/120
Coach & Horses, Dronfield
The pub is located next to Sheffield F.C, (the world’s oldest football club}’s ground on the northern edge of Dronfield. It is operated by Thornbridge Brewery and showcases a good range of their beers and guest ales across a wide range of beer styles. The large outdoor drinking area is particularly popular when Sheffield F.C. have a home fixture, or when live music is being played. Good value meals are available throughout the week. The pub hosts a quiz night on Sundays and Thursdays and an open mic. acoustic night on Monday evenings.
Getting there: bus 43
Large community pub reopened by Thornbridge in 2010 after extensive restoration. Open plan bar with raised seating area to one side. The back room is home to regular live music and a comedy club.
Getting there: bus 83
Hallamshire House, Commonside
Operated by Thornbridge Brewery, and known locally as The Tardis, the pub has two small comfy rooms at the front, and leading through bar area are a large lounge and an oak panelled snooker room with full size table.There is a courtyard drinking area downstairs with ample seating and soft furniture in the covered area. At least 5 Thornbridge cask ales plus guest beers and a wide range of bottled beers. Quiz night is on Monday and some Saturdays there is live music or a DJ.
Getting there: bus 95/95a
Stag’s Head, Sharrow
Operated by Thornbidge Brewery. Formerly three rooms around a central bar but now opened out but retaining distinct areas. A conservatory leads into the pleasant garden. A total of eight real ales are offered, with two regular Thornbridge beers, an additional six changing Thornbridge beers, and two guest beers.
Getting there: bus 218
Brewery Tap for Toolmakers Brewery just around the corner. Refurbished and exterior facelift in April 2016. Karaoke on Friday nights. Open Mic nights Wednesdays and Sundays. A short walk from the popular ‘Valley of Beer’ pubs. There is also a separate brewery tap room next door that opens for special events such as live music or comedy.
Getting there: bus 7/8
Triple Point Brewery
Triple Point Brewery + Bar, City Centre
Impressive conversion of an industrial shed type building that used to be a carpet showroom. Originally Sentinel brewery and tap bar. Became Triple Point after a father and son obtained the premises from the Liquidator of Sentinel Brewery. There are six handpumps on the bar showcasing the range including both core and seasonal beers, served in a choice of measures – 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or pint and served in appropriate glassware for the style of beer. Also home to the Twisted Burger Company.
Getting there: various City Centre bus routes.
True North Brewery
Blue Stoops, Dronfield
The Blue Stoops reopened in November 2016 after being closed and becoming near derelict. After two years of closure True North Brew Co have given The Blue Stoops a completely new lease of life, by completing an extensive refurbishment including a function room, restaurant and beer garden. A quiz night takes place on Wednesdays. A number of other special events take place throughout the year. A reward card scheme is offered to all customers.
Getting there: bus 14/15/16/16a/43
Operated by local company True North Brew Company and with a deserved reputation for good beer and good food. Dating from 1896, the Broadfield became part of what is now the True North Brew Co in 2011. It has established a reputation for quality food with an extensive menu including hearty pies and home made sausages. A large range of bottled beers and whiskies supplement the nine cask ales which always include beers from their own True North Brewery. Situated within the City’s antiques quarter, the Broadfield is now a leading player in the Abbeydale social scene.
Getting there: bus 10/10a/75/76/86/97/98
Old House, City Centre
After a refurbishment in Aug 2017, the Old House became the Devonshire. There are seating areas either side of the entrance corridor leading into the main bar area, with table service. Food ranging from snacks to hearty mains is home cooked and available throughout the day. The True North beers are brewed just around the corner and are offered for £2.50 a pint between 4pm and 7pm everyday. Bottled world beers available, as are cocktails and gins.
Getting there: tram to West Street, various City Centre bus routes
Riverside, Kelham Island
On the banks of the River Don, with a pleasant terrace overlooking the river. The interior is largely open plan but with a separate room to the right of the main entrance. Furnishings comprise a mix of comfortable sofas and armchairs together with more spartan canteen style tables and chairs. Operated by True North Brew Co.
Getting there: bus 7/8/83/83a/95/95a
Wagon & Horses, Millhouses
A family friendly long narrow pub on three levels adjacent to Millhouses Park, with part of the building converted from an 18th century farmhouse. Most of the food is home cooked.
Getting there: bus 97/98
Occupying a prominent site in the centre of Broomhill, the York was built in the 1830’s and was originally a blacksmith’s and alehouse called the Travellers Inn. Extensively refurbished in 2010, with parquet flooring and wood-panelled walls, it now offers high-quality dining. There is one regular beers from the group’s own True North Brewery together with a range of seven guest ales (including several true True North, and other local beers from the likes of Abbeydale, Arbor, Bradfield, Kirkstall, and Thornbridge), plus two real ciders, and over 60 gins. Beer and food events feature regularly throughout the year.
Getting there: bus 51/52/52a/120