In 1903, “Re-built, Re-furbished and up-to-date.“ By 2014, run-down and failing: purchased by new owners, a sensitive refurbishment and Regional Inventory listing followed. The latest chapter in the renovation is now in hand, planning permission for locally-needed hotel accommodation: nine en suite B&B rooms on the first floor. Historical elements such as the dumbwaiter and fireplaces will be kept and restored as sympathetically as possible. The planning application also mentions praise from CAMRA for the sympathetic restoration of the ground floor public house. We anticipate that this positive ethos will be continued as the owners develop the first floor. See the entry on the Heritage Pubs website. The Stocksbridge area is the new ‘go-to’ recreational cycling/walking area in the South Pennines. Stocksbridge hosted the finish of the cycling Tour de Yorkshire in 2017 and was voted second in the Ramblers ‘Britain’s best walking neighbourhood’ in 2018. Dave Pickersgill If you fancy a trip to Stocksbridge, various buses stop outside the Friendship including the 57 from Sheffield City Centre, SL1a from Middlewood tram terminus, 201 from Chapeltown and 23/23a from Barnsley. The pub has now reopened after the Coronavirus lockdown, more info on their Facebook page.