The two Sheffield City Centre Stonegate pubs that closed for a minor refurbishment – the Beehive on West Street and Globe on Howard Street, are now both open again and operating as “Craft Union” venues, which are Stonegate wet let pubs run in partnership with self employed managers and their staff. The focus is on drinks deals and entertainment with the Beehive open until 2am at the weekend with a DJ on. Cask ale remains available at the Beehive with Timothy Taylor Landlord, Marston’s Hobgoblin Gold and Robinsons Dizzy Blonde on the bar on the opening weekend.
The Wharncliffe Arms is set to close temporarily at the end of May for renovation work which will see an extension of the seating area, installation of a commercial kitchen and relocation of the bar area.
The Ladybower Inn reopened at the beginning of April although just serving drinks – beers, wines, spirits, cocktails and hot drinks. The kitchen was scheduled to open on 17 May so by the time this issue of Beer Matters hits the pubs the food menu should have been launched! Also by the time you read this in print the rooms upstairs should be available to book for overnight stays.
The Cross Scythes Hotel in Totley, which was leased from the Stonegate pub company by a local independent operator, closed on the 18 April after 5 years being run by Ben & Scott – a good chunk of which was through the Coronavirus pandemic! The pub and restaurant reopens on 12 June following refurbishment as part of Stonegate Pub & Dining chain.
It has been announced which Dronfield area pubs and clubs are taking part in the annual One Valley festival on Saturday 3 June. The main town event involves the Victoria, Blue Stoops, Manor House Hotel, Green Dragon, White Swan, Dronfield Arms, Underdog, Jolly Farmer and Dronfield Woodhouse Sports & Social Club. Running alongside this is “One Valley Extra” at Drone Valley Brewery. There are four Stagecoach bus routes serving Dronfield and most of the venues – 15, 16, 43 and 44 with a “Silver DayRider” pass offering all day travel on Stagecoach services in the area for £5.90 per adult or £15 for a group of 5, this can be purchased and use on the Stagecoach app, alternatively a flat fare of £2 per ride applies, paid to the driver – see stagecoachbus.com for more information.
The Cremorne on London Road has a new manager and the pub is back on form with a good range of well kept cask ales and music has returned too!
The Cricketers Arms on Bramall Lane has been voted as a top fans pub for an award by football supporters. The pub only opens on match days and has lots of Blades memorabilia on display, Abbeydale Moonshine is on the bar at a reasonable price.