Dronfield Town Centre

Dronfield is a small town just south of Sheffield over the county boundary in Derbyshire. It can be reached by train in about 10 minutes or Stagecoach bus 43/44 provides a regular service from Sheffield with a “Silver Dayrider” ticket offering good value all day travel on Stagecoach services.

The town centre is in two parts, “Dronny Bottom” in the valley where the rail station is, from there head uphill via Church Street past, you’ve guessed it, the church and onto the High Street where the more modern civic centre has been built alongside the historic buildings.

There are a number of pubs and bars in the town centre plus more in the suburbs and surrounding villages, which are linked to Dronfield Civic Centre by local rural buses 14/15/16, operated by TM Travel.

The area is surprisingly good for real ale and craft beer, partly down to having its own local CAMRA branch which was previously part of Sheffield & District and partly down to being home to some great enterprising publicans and brewers, who jointly put on a beer festival every June.

This guide concentrates on the town centre, however it is worth a trip to the nearby villages  of Holmesfield, Hundall, Apperknowle and Coal Aston along with the suburbs of Dronfield Woodhouse and Hill Top too! All the venues listed are within walking distance of one another.

Beer Stop, Callywhite Lane
Small, specialist independent beer shop. Massive selection of craft beers in bottle and can, many of which are bottle conditioned ales. They also have interesting craft beers on draft on their keg taps, available to drink in or takeaway.
Getting there: train to Dronfield station or bus 44 which stops outside.

Blue Stoops, High Street
The Blue Stoops reopened in November 2016 after being closed and becoming near derelict. After two years of closure True North Brew Co bought this historical pub and gave it a completely new lease of life, by completing an extensive refurbishment including a function room, restaurant and beer garden. Cask and keg beer from True North and guests.
Getting there: buses 14/15/16/16a to the Civic Centre.

Coach & Horses, Sheffield Road
Small, cosy pub 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.
Getting there: bus 43 stops outside

Dronfield Arms, Chesterfield Road
The Dronfield Arms became Dronfield’s first brewpub when a brewery kit was installed downstairs in the former restaurant in 2015. This is on display to customers through a glass panel in the floor of the main bar. The original brewery name was Hopjacker which has been disbanded although the name still appears around the pub. A new brewery Gravity Brewing Co are leasing the kit and will be brewing without tie to the pub. The Arms features a very long bar with the real ale dispensed at the top end which has a large comfortable seating area. Also on the bar are several keg fonts including Key Keg. There is an outside raised seating area at the rear of the pub.
Getting there: train to Dronfield station or bus 44 stops at the nearby Post Office

Green Dragon, Church Street
Cosy historical pub with the addition of a heated outdoor drinking area constructed alongside the car park. Selection of well known real ales both local and national. Operates as a traditional local midweek and has quiz nights Monday and Thursday whilst it becomes a livelier town centre venue at the weekend with a DJ Friday nights and entertainment Saturday nights.
Getting there: train to Dronfield station or bus 14/15/16/16a to the Civic Centre

Manor House Hotel, High Street
The Manor House is a beautiful 15th Century Grade II listed building, full of original features and olde world charm, and located in the centre of the historic town of Dronfield. The vibrant bar and restaurant are both very popular with local residents & hotel guests. DJ plays in the bar Friday nights. Abbeydale Moonshine available on handpump.
Getting there: buses 14/15/16/16a to Civic Centre

Pioneer Club, Stonelow Road
A family orientated, award winning club where all visitors are welcome. Membership is not required to drink in the lounge bar although members enjoy a discount. Satellite sports channels are available. A varied programme of entertainment is planned for the Concert Room. Extensively refurbished to provide a cheerful and welcoming atmosphere, 4 real ales on the bar including some local beers.
Getting there: buses 15 and 44 stop at the end of the drive

Underdog, Chesterfield Road
Following an extensive refurbishment of the former Smiffy’s bar (previously a cafe) the Underdog opened its doors in Sept 2019. It is a large single room with a very high ceiling, wooden floors and is furnished in a contemporary design. The long bar hosts 5 real ales, 4 ever changing, and several keg lines including some interesting craft options alongside a varied selection of spirits. The bar welcomes dogs and children (check times restrictions) but not vaping.
Getting there: train to Dronfield station or bus 44 stops at the nearby Post Office

Victoria, Stubley Lane
Traditional, friendly street corner boozer. Although the Vic is in the town centre it is a proper local. Up to 5 reasonably priced real ales, comfortable corners, pool table, darts and football on the TV.
Getting there: buses 14/15 and 43 stop around the corner outside Sainsburys.

White Swan, Chesterfield Road
Reopened following refurbishment in 2018, this is a classic town centre pub. Two rooms – one a comfortable lounge and the other containing a pool table with sport on TV, two real ales, food is a Pie Minister franchise.  Beer garden accessed via a door at the back of the lounge.
Getting there: train to Dronfield station or bus 44 stops at the nearby Post Office

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