Pub of the Year 2024 (East Sheffield)

The Chantry Inn (400 Handsworth Road, S13 9BZ) has been voted as Sheffield and District CAMRA East Area Pub of the Year for 2024.
 
This historic pub which was built around 1250 is uniquely one of only four pubs in the UK set in consecrated grounds being within the boundaries of St Mary’s parish church in Handsworth.
 
It compromises of three different rooms each with some original and unique features including real fireplaces, beamed low ceilings and even the bell pushes used in previous days to order the ale. There are also claims of various tunnels and passageways from the cellar to the church. 
 
It has had a varied past originally being a chantry and safe house for nuns, then a washhouse and a school before being a pub for much of the later years from the early 1800’s.
 
Chantry Brewery acquired the pub in early 2019, undertook a tasteful restoration and now deliver real quality beers. There are always 5 cask ales on tap from Chantry brewery with a rotating special including Steelos, Kaldos, Full Moon alongside the regulars of New York pale, Iron and Steel bitter, Special Reserve and Diamond Stout. There are also changing keg beers available often from Tiny Rebel or Beavertown as well as real cider options and Chantry brewery’s own Helles lager. 
 
Congratulations to all involved with the Chantry Inn including the brewery and the pub manager Terry and his partner Alison. The area pub of the year award presentation is planned for the evening of Tuesday 11 June and all are welcome to join the celebration. 

Pub of the Year 2024 (City Centre)

The Bath Hotel on Victoria Street, just off West Street has been crowned Sheffield City Centre Pub of the Year.

After a 10 year period of it being leased to Thornbridge Brewery, owners Brian and Ruth Johnson took the pub back in 2022 and successfully re-established it as a favourite on the real ale circuit.

Featuring 2 rooms largely unchanged from the refit by Ind Coope in 1931, the Bath is one of the more atmospheric of Sheffield’s pubs. They always offer a wide range of excellent well-kept real ales as well as a numbers of keg beers.

The award presentation will be taking place at 9pm on Thursday 14 May.  All welcome to come and join us for a beer or two!

Getting there – University of Sheffield tram stop or bus stops on Glossop Road/West Street are close by.

Pub of the Year 2024 (West Sheffield)

The winner of this year’s Sheffield West Pub of the Year award is the Itchy Pig in Broomhill.

Opened in 2016 by joiner and real ale enthusiast Ted Finlay, the Itchy Pig rapidly established itself as a must visit in the area.

Featuring 5 cask lines and 6 keg lines, as well as a range of wines, spirits and soft drinks, there is always something to suit every palate.

There is also a choice of different flavoured pork scratchings which were the inspiration behind the pub’s unusual name. Real Ale fans in Sheffield have taken the Pig to their hearts, as evidenced by the fact it has won this award twice previously.

Join us on Thursday 23rd May for the presentation at 9pm. It’s sure to be a good evening and Ted has promised to put on a “spread”! See you there.

Getting there: Buses 6 and 120 stop outside, buses 10, 10a, 51, 52, 52a and 257 stop a couple of minutes walk away.

Pub of the Year 2024 (District)

The winner in the Derbyshire part of our Sheffield & District branch area competition, as voted for by our members and validated by our judges, is the Old Hall Hotel in Hope.

The main pub building is a 16th Century coaching inn sited on the main road through the village opposite the church which is split into three areas – the main lounge containing the bar, a smaller side room and a restaurant. Upstairs there are hotel rooms offering bed & breakfast accommodation with the breakfast served in the tea room, located in a newer building that is connected to the main pub.

The pub is traditionally furnished and in the winter gets quite cosy with the fire lit!

A selection of well kept real ales is available on the pub’s bar, generally leaning towards the more traditional styles. The pub is also proud of its scotch whisky selection with some of the stock arriving following road trips to the highlands and islands of Scotland!

On most bank holiday weekends a marquee appears on the pub car park hosting the Hope Valley Beer & Cider Festival with a large range of cask ales served on a mixture of handpump and gravity and the opportunity is usually taken to showcase breweries from or near to Derbyshire including the two most local brewers Intrepid and Eyam. The festival also features live entertainment and a snack bar.

The Old Hall Hotel is leased from Heineken’s Star Pub Company by Atlantik Inns, a local company run hands on by experienced pub landlord Rick Ellison and his team. There is a quiz night every Tuesday and various other events from time to time and attracts tourists staying in the area, hikers and day trippers as well as locals that live in Hope or other nearby villages.

Join us at the Old Hall’s beer festival on Saturday 25 May when we’ll be presenting them with the District Pub of the Year award at around 3pm.

Buses 173 (Bakewell-Castleton) and 271/272 (Sheffield-Castleton) stop close to the pub or Hope railway station (Sheffield-Manchester line) is a 10-15 minute walk away.

Pub of the Year 2023 (Kelham Island and Overall)

The Kelham Island Area is now a Sheffield Beer Tourist Attraction, with Bus and Tram connections from the city centre. The Kelham Island Tavern has consistently over the years been awarded Pub of the month, area Pub of the Year and Sheffield Pub of the Year. It is also a former CAMRA National pub of the year award winner, for two Consecutive Years. The Kelham Island Tavern has now been put in to the Yorkshire entry round of the National Competition.  The Kelham Island Tavern is included in the 2023 Good Beer Guide.

This Gem of a pub was rescued from dereliction back in 2002. At the rear of the L-shaped bar area is a conservatory and in warmer weather you can enjoy a pint in the multi award winning beer garden.

Thirteen Hand Pumps dispense an impressive range of beers, always including a Mild a Porter and Stout. The beer range includes Abbeydale Moonshine, Acorn Barnsley Bitter, Pictish Brewers Gold and 10 changing beers, often including Abbeydale, Blue Bee and North riding Brewery. A recent bar refit has also increased the number of craft Beers on Keg.

Congratulations to Josh, Louise and the Team. Please join us for The Presentation on Tuesday July 11 at 9pm. 

Pub of the Year 2023 (West Sheffield)

Sheffield & District CAMRA chairman Glyn Mansell presenting the West Sheffield Pub of the Year award to manager Garry Raynes

A pub has been sited here since the 19th century, with its first appearance in the 1859 General Directory of Sheffield. The name is chosen for pubs facing east and receiving the early-morning sun, which the original building did.

The current pub opened when the then owners, The Sheffield Town Trustees, agreed to provide land for the widening of Fulwood Road free of charge in return for the demolition and re-construction of the original Pub. The existing building opened in July 1904, operated by the Sheffield Public House Trust Company. The University of Sheffield Students Union took over the pub in July 1922, with Abbeydale Brewery taking ownership just in time for Christmas 2005.

The Rising Sun is a community Pub and in the Good Beer Guide 2023. It acts as the tap for Abbeydale Brewery with Daily Bread, Deception, Moonshine and Absolution always available alongside 7 changing beers from Abbeydale and guests.  An ever- changing Cider is also available.

Food is served Tuesday – Saturday 12-9pm Sunday 12-7pm, with the dining room located in a recent extension to the pub. Other recent developments include a section of the car park given over to an upgraded outdoor drinking area.

Congratulations to Garry and the Team for the area Pub of the year 2023 (Sheffield West). We are presenting the certificate on the evening of Thursday 20 July, all are welcome to join us there for a beer or two from 8pm. Buses 83 and 120 stop right outside.

Rising Sun, Nether Green, Sheffield

Pub of the Year (District)

There has been a pub in the village of Litton since three cottages were knocked together in 1787. In more recent times, a late 1970’s Sheffield CAMRA “Real Beer” guide  described the Red Lion in Litton as a “stone built free house in an idyllic setting overlooking the village green, upon which stand the stocks and an ancient stone cross of unknown origin. Its cosy interior has open fires and ‘olde-worlde’ charm. The only beer mentioned was Theakston’s ‘Best Bitter’ and the pub was closed weekday lunchtimes.

Although the pub retains its olde-worlde comfort and charm to this day, it’s now open weekday lunchtimes through to the early evenings and serves excellent meals and beers. It can get very busy especially at weekends when, according to its website ‘it pays to book’ and offers a very fulsome range of excellent homemade food using quality produce from local suppliers .

It now offers anything up to five hand pulled real ales on the bar, mostly local sourced – Peak Ales from Bakewell, Eyam brewed beers and Abbeydale Beers from Sheffield, with occasional beers from further away such as a Porter from Bolton.

It regularly and deservedly features in CAMRA’s annual ‘Good Beer Guide’ and recently achieved top marks in the Cask Marque assessment scheme. It also hosts a beer festival in June as part of the local Wakes Week.

And if you need a base to explore the beautiful surrounding countryside it also offers accommodation either in its own rooms or in a nearby cottage for longer stays. Its also on the 65 (Sheffield-Buxton) and 173 (Bakewell-Castleton) bus routes.

Much praise for making and keeping it this way must go to Jeanne Mason, who has been in charge since 2014, and her excellent bar and kitchen staff. Every day they offer what every village pub should be offering in the choice and quality of the beer and food and surroundings, making the Red Lion a very worthy winner of this year’s District Pub of the Year award from the Sheffield & District CAMRA Members.

As our district winner the pub went forward into the North Derbyshire round of the national competition and achieved runner up.

The team at the Red Lion with their certificates. Photo by John Beardshaw.

The award was made at the end of our 5 mile July RambAle walk which had started earlier at Eyam, calling in at the Bulls Head in Foolow and the Three Stags Heads in Wardlow Mires on the way. Not letting the high number of stiles and gates and the inclement weather encountered on the way preventing us from delivering the certificates to the Red Lion intact (if slightly late).

Pub of the Year 2023 (City Centre)

Situated conveniently on Platform 1b of Sheffield Station, the Sheffield Tap has become a destination in its own right. – popular with locals as well as those travelling to or through Sheffield. And it is a very deserved winner (again) of our Sheffield (Central) Pub of the Year as voted by our local CAMRA Members.

The station refreshment rooms were refurbished and restored by Jamie Hawksworth and Jon Holdsworth, following years of them being closed and disused. Ever since it was re-opened in 2009 it has proved a popular pub and a worthy star in their chain of ‘Taps’ at York, Harrogate, Leeds and Newcastle.

It has always had a good choice and variety of well kept cask beers many originally from Thornbridge and other regional breweries, though since January 2013 many more produced in the on-site Tapped Brewery to be found in what was the First Class Dining Room. They have always had a good selection of foreign and keg beers – possibly due to their relationship with the Pivovar specialist beer importing business

Sheffield Tap and Tapped Brewery

The Tapped Brewer, Ben Tysoe, got his grounding in brewing and running pubs both locally and with spells abroad including in Belgium and he continues to produce a range of beers including various Pale Ales, Stouts and an excellent Porter. He continues to experiment with using different hops as they become available producing one-off specials He also has done some collaborations with other brewers.

The pub has come through being closed for long periods during Covid and having intermittent interruptions to business due to rail strikes but has survived and remains busy most sessions most days and is always worth a visit whether you are passing through or just want somewhere to have a good quality drink in delightful surroundings. It was an ideal and popular location for our ‘Meet and Greet’ sessions for CAMRA Members attending the recent Members Weekend.

Full credit to Manager Craig and his bar team and brewer Ben and their hard work. They will be presented with their ‘City Centre Pub of the Year’ award during our July Branch Meeting on Tuesday July 4th. Do join us.

Malcolm Dixon
(Additional Notes & photos Dave Pickersgill)

Pub of the Year (North Sheffield)

The Gardener’s Rest on Neepsend Lane has been voted Pub of The Year for Sheffield North by the Sheffield & District branch of CAMRA. This is the third time this friendly well-run community-owned pub has won the award and in 2019 they were also Sheffield & District CAMRA’s overall Pub of The Year.

The pub has been through many changes in the last couple of decades. After extensive flood damage in 2007, the pub finally reopened in 2009, and steadily built back it’s reputation and customer base under the guidance of previous owner Eddy Munnelly, who sadly died earlier this year. A tribute to Eddy appears on the News page of the Sheffield CAMRA website.

A turning point in the Gardeners’ history came when Eddy decided to retire in 2016. Keen to keep the pub in all its glory, a group of regulars formed the Gardeners Rest Community Society and took over the running of it. A subsequent share issue saw nearly 400 investors raise enough money to buy the pub outright in 2017. As they say – “more than a pub, a community hub”.

8 handpulls on the bar serve a regularly changing line up of great real ales, as well as real ciders, often from small independent breweries and producers.

Regular live music has been a feature of the pub for some time, featuring local musicians as well as drop-in sessions for anyone who wants to join in. There are also occasional art exhibitions in the main bar; frequent beer festivals; a bar billiards table in the snug; and possibly the quirkiest beer garden in Sheffield.

We will be presenting the award on Tuesday 20th June at 9pm. Everyone is welcome to join us to celebrate and the pub has kindly agreed to provide sandwiches!

Pub of the Year 2023 (South Sheffield)

Sheaf View

The Sheaf View at Heeley has been voted as CAMRA Sheffield & District Pub of the Year 2023 (Sheffield South) by our members.

The 19th century pub, near Heeley City Farm became a real ale oasis since reopening as a free house in 2000. The walls and shelves are adorned with breweriana and provide an ideal background for good drinking and conversations.

The pub changed ownership becoming part of the Trust Inns estate (along with the Blake Hotel) in 2022. Day to day management however has remained unchanged. They now provide eight casks ales, 4 from Neepsend Brewery and 4 guest ales. A wide range of Belgian and other continental beers, an incredible selection of malt whiskies and traditional cider are also available.

They also have occasional events such as their Spring Time Vegan Beer Festival held over the 1st May Bank Holiday this year.

This is a popular local pub and especially so on Wednesday quiz nights and Sheffield United match days.

The Sheaf View has now won the Sheffield South Pub of the Year award 4 times (every time it has been awarded since the area awards were started in 2019)

We are presenting their award on the evening of Thursday 18th May, all are welcome to join us there from 8pm for a beer or two!

The Sheaf View can be found at 25 Gleadless Road, Heeley, Sheffield S2 3AA. Buses 20, 24, 25, 43, 44 and X17 stop nearby on London Road by the railway bridge / Ponsfords furniture store. Car park also available.