Welcome to Yorkshire but not Sheffield?

The Welcome to Yorkshire website includes a page which claims to list ‘fine establishment[s] in which you can enjoy a pint of Yorkshire’s finest ale.’

This seems to be a totally inaccurate phrase as there are only three entries in South Yorkshire: two in Barnsley (not Sheffield as is inaccurately stated for the Wortley Arms) and one which does not serve beer.

In his 2016 seminal report, beer-writer Pete Brown described Sheffield as ‘the world’s greatest beer city.’

Since then, things have only improved. Sheffield has niche pubs, and an excellent, diverse beer scene: a mix of traditional heritage assets and modern bars. It has 30 pubs in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide, more pubs on the CAMRA Heritage Lists than any other city in Yorkshire and, outside London is the only UK city, to have its own heritage pub guide. It also hosts the only pub to win the CAMRA National Pub of the Year Award in successive years.

Beer tourism brings vastly more income to the city than the annual two-week World Snooker Championship. And the Neepsend Brewery Trail is becoming a ‘must-see’ attraction.

Within the city boundary, there are 27 functioning brewing companies, more per head of population than any other UK city. These vary from the long-established: Abbeydale, Bradfield, Kelham Island and Sheffield to the new: Heist, Lost Industry and Saint Mars of the Desert (SMOD). The oldest brewery in the city, Kelham Island, continue to produce a past CAMRA Champion Beer of Britain, Pale Rider, while earlier this year, SMOD were included in the RateBeer top ten list of ‘the world’s best new breweries.’

So, why are there no entries for Sheffield?

Opinion
Dave Pickersgill

About Dave Pickersgill

Dave has been a CAMRA member since the 1970s and has worked at almost 40 Sheffield CAMRA festivals, plus a fair number of others. He is Brewery Liaison Officer (BLO) for Abbeydale, Blue Bee, Bradfield and Loxley. A member of the National Pub Heritage Group, he leads on planning and pub heritage issues. He also edited the Sheffield's Real Heritage Pubs book, for which downloads vastly exceeded expectations. The hard copy was available in October 2018 and was a sell-out. The third edition is available as a free download. Alongside Paul Crofts, Dave is co-local organiser for the 2021 National CAMRA Members’ Weekend, AGM & Conference which is planned to be held at Sheffield City Hall on 16-18 April. We hope to see you there!

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