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The Bulls Head in Ranmoor, which is a Stonegate pub co lease, has reopened under the new management of Adrian and Clair, who also own the Angel at Holmesfield. The pub has four handpumps and they anticipate putting on some local beers including Bradfield Farmers Blonde and Thornbridge Jaipur along with others from the Stonegate list such as Purity Ubu.

The Banner Cross is running a programme of sunday afternoon garden gigs, on every week from 14 July to 1 September between 4pm and 7pm. On the 14 July they’ll also be showing the Euro 2024 football final on the outdoor screen. Check out their Facebook page for more details.

The Robin Hood in Millhouses closed for a refurbishment on 21 April, it is due to reopen on 9 May at 5pm.

The Crown Inn at Totley is having some work done on the pub exterior from 28 May. If you see scaffolding up don’t worry, the pub hasn’t closed down!

The Prince of Wales in Norton Lees has been closed for a refurbishment.

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The Cherry Tree Inn on Carterknowle Road is now open again and has real ale on the bar.

The Shepley Spitfire in Totley closed for a refurbishment on 8 April which also includes upgrades to the outdoor drinking and dining areas. It is expected to open on 9 May.

The Boston Arms in Woodseats are hosting a “crisp fest” from 2 to 6 May which we are told will involve beer and crisp pairings, bottomless crunch, crispmas quiz, special crisp sandwich menu, increased range of crisps, competitions and live music.

The Three Tuns in Sheffield City Centre had new opening hours which includes opening until 1am on Friday and Saturday nights. See their Facebook page for more information.

The Anchor on Tideswell crossroads recently enjoyed a lot of media attention after word got out this rural pubs had a dedicated tractor space in their car park!

Talking of the Anchor and tractors, the annual steam and tractor rally which departs from said pub takes place on 22 June this year.

The Bulls Head in Foolow has extended their opening hours to include Mondays.

The owner of the Red Lion in Litton is selling up and retiring and is holding a leaving do on Sunday 28 April from 4pm with live music. The actual date of handing over to the new owner was not confirmed at time of going to press.

Ben and Jo’s last weekend running the Plough in Low Bradfield was the 20/21 April and new tenants are being recruited to replace them. They aren’t going far though – they are moving up to the Old Horns Inn at High Bradfield!

The Kiveton Tap has now opened as a bottle shop.

The White Hart in Bradwell is now owned by Bradfield Brewery but with a local landlady running the pub. The bar features a range of cask ales from Bradfield but as this rural village pub in in Derbyshire, the Yorkshire Farmer is rebadged as a White Hart house ale!

We’re informed the Bistro Bisque on Ecclesall Road has beer from Bradfield Brewery.

Grafters Bar at Neepsend opened for their 2024 season on 19 April.

The Sheffield City Centre branch of Marston’s Pitcher & Piano chain has closed down, the venue will be reopening in the summer under a different brand.

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Hillsborough Social Club on Oakland Road has introduced bottled ales to the bar along with a bag-in-box cider as a trial. There is a hope that if the bottles sell well then cask beer will be introduced. They have also introduced live music events in partnership with the Honey Bee Blues Club with gigs about once a fortnight. The gigs are free entry for club members with a modest door charge for non-members.

There has been a change of food trader at the Heist Brew Co. tap room in Neepsend with Slap & Pickle burgers moving on and taking up a kitchen residency at Happy’s Bar just around the corner. Their replacement at Heist is to be “Talon”, with a BBQ menu offering trays of smoked meats, sandwiches and wings. Food service at Happy’s is now midday to 10pm every day except Tuesday when the bar is shut, with service extended to 11pm on Friday and Saturday nights (when the bar is open until 4am).

The Anglers Rest in Bamford have changed their opening hours. The pub is closed on Mondays, opening at midday the rest of the week , until 10pm Tuesday to Thursday and Sunday, later on Friday and Saturday nights. Food is served 12-8pm Tuesday to Saturday and from 12:30pm on Sundays until the roasts run out! The cafe is open 10am to 5pm Tuesday to Saturday and 10am to 3pm on Sundays.

Hop Hideout, currently based in the Kommune food hall, have announced they are going to be part of the Leah’s Yard development on Cambridge Street which is due to open this summer. Their format at the new location will be similar – specialist shop and tasting room. They will be there alongside a Pete Mckee gallery/shop and a number of other small businesses set around a pleasant courtyard.

The Ashford Arms in Ashford-in-the-Water has now reopened under new ownership following a refurbishment. This historic pub had been closed for a few years before being bought by the same people as the George in Hathersage and Maynard Hotel in Grindleford. The Ashford Arms offers accommodation and serves food prepared with locally sourced ingredients. On the bar the beer range includes brewers based in or near Derbyshire. Ashford is near Bakewell, if you are wanting to get there by bus the Transpeak service (Derby-Buxton) can be picked up in Bakewell (regular buses 218 and 257 run from Sheffield to Bakewell), additionally in the summer the Peak Sightseer open top bus (Chatsworth-Bakewell circular) will drop you off there.

The Big Gun on the Wicker in Sheffield, a heritage pub which recently closed, has had work started to convert the right hand room with modern windows and doors fitted, without planning permission.

The proposed micropub on Division Street, in the former Simmonites shop, now has planning permission. Behind it is Sommar brewery of Birmingham and is being described as a “tap & lounge”.

The Alehouse on Fraser Road near Millhouses, which is currently closed and been up for sale, has had planning permission applied for to be converted into a nursery.

After a brief closure, the Shiny Sheff on Redmires Road near Lodge Moor has reopened following a change of ownership but with the same management in there as a tenant.

The Cricket Inn at Totley, a Thornbridge Brewery run gastropub, came in the top 3 in the pub category of the British Pie awards. The award winning pie contains Beef shin, potato and Lord Marples Bitter.

The Dog & Partridge on Trippet Lane in Sheffield City Centre got listed by Guinness as one of the top 10 British pubs to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. Cask ale and other craft beers are also available on the bar there as well as irish spirits and Tayto crisps!

The Masons Arms in Crookes no longer serves food.

Dronfield & District CAMRA’s Pub of the Year award winner is the Cross Daggers in Coal Aston. This is a classic community local with a great atmosphere and well kept ale. If you fancy a trip there from Sheffield bus 44 will drop you a short walk away.

The York, Broomhill

All Points North Pub Company, the new Yorkshire based pub company, has announced its 2nd pub acquisition, The York in Sheffield.  All Points North Pub Co is the new joint venture pub company set up by Steve Holt founder of Kirkstall Brewery and Ed Mason, founder of Five Points Brewing and Whitelock’s Ale House. 

The York is a free-of-tie Victorian public house in the Broomhill area of Sheffield and has been acquired from Sheffield-based True North Brew Co.

The York will showcase Kirkstall and Five Points beers alongside guest Sheffield craft and independent breweries, drinks and food suppliers.

Ed Mason said “we are delighted to be spreading our wings to Sheffield and for The York to be joining our growing portfolio of pubs. Kane and his team at True North have done a great job of establishing the York as a welcoming and popular pub in Broomhill and we look forward to building on their achievements”

Steve Holt added “Ed and I believe in running friendly, welcoming pubs with an emphasis on a wide range of well-kept beer and a quality food menu – respecting the pub’s history, supporting local suppliers and providing a warm welcome to a diverse range of the local community”. 

Kane Yeardley added “We are thrilled to be handing over the ropes to All Points North Pub Co. The York has a very special place in our hearts and we’re confident they will do a fantastic job. Welcome to the Sheffield pub scene.”

All Points North will be keeping on the existing front of house and kitchen teams, and will continue to trade the pub before a refurbishment planned for Summer 2024.

The York pub follows on the heels of their recent acquisition of the Grade II-listed Victoria & Commercial pub in Leeds city centre, which is due to re-open in Autumn 2024 following a refurbishment. Meanwhile Steve Holt of Kirkstall recently added the North Brew Co brands to his growing portfolio of beer brands. 

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Pangolin at Hillsborough is hosting a tap takeover with Turning Point brewing on Thursday 29 February with beers pouring on both cask and keg from 1pm and a representative from the brewery available in the evening to talk about the beers.

The Beer House S6 at Hillsborough now holds a darts tournament every Thursday at 7pm. It costs £3 to enter and winner takes all. You need to register at the bar in advance to take part.

The Three Tuns in Sheffield City Centre is hosting a meet the brewer event with Theakstons on 26 March. Guests are invited to enjoy an exciting evening of beer tasting and conversation with Simon Theakston of the legendary brewery, Theakston. Whether you’re a beer enthusiast or simply curious about the brewing world, this event is perfect for you to try the Theakston range, including the legendary Old Peculiar Oak Barrel – the first time this has been available in Sheffield for years.
The Evening Includes:

  • History of Theakston Brewery
  • Tutored Beer Sampling
  • Q&A with Simon Theakston
  • Quiz with prizes
  • Serving full range of Theakston Ales with a special barrel of Old Peculiar “The Wood”
    Ticket is inclusive of the Beer Flight (6 tastings, served in 1/3rd’s).

Tickets for the Theakstons event cost £15 and are available online.

The pub is also now well focused on its reinvention as an entertainment venue, as well as the well reported weekend “Three Huns” karaoke, bingo and drag events there is a quiz night every Wednesday which once a month is followed by a stand up comedy event (“Three Puns”). Keep an eye on their Facebook page for what’s on.

Eyam Brewery are in the process of opening a tap. The premises is the former Castlegate Butcher in Stoney Middleton, which will be known as “The Butcher’s Block”. They are hoping to be able to open at some point in March subject to licencing etc going smoothly..

Paradise Lost cocktail & tapas bar on Ecclesall Road saw changes in the new year including a new name – The Local Bar. They continue to serve cocktails and a regularly changing wine list, however they also now have a handpump and keg taps that offer local beer (typically Abbeydale).

The Masons Arms in Crookes is serving food at the weekend including pizza, burgers and chicken. The kitchen is open Friday nights along with Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

The Ranmoor Inn has an open mic night on Tuesdays and a quiz night on Thursdays along with local beers on the bar, currently with a 15p a pint discount available for CAMRA members (check with the pub for any terms & conditions or restrictions).

Gatsby on Division Street in Sheffield City Centre closed for refurbishment after Christmas and on 16 February reopened with a new name – well, actually an old name, it is gone back to it’s classic name of the Foresters and is being described as a City Centre local. It is under the same management as Fagan’s. The pub now has a more traditional design of seating, 2 real ales on the bar and food is served.

The Peak Hotel in Castleton recently had a party night in the pub to celebrate 10 years of being run by Atlantik Inns, the local company that runs a number of Peak District pubs. In that time they’ve built up a good reputation whilst cringing when repeats of the Three in a Bed episode featuring this pub come up on TV which was filmed under previous management who didn’t come across particularly well!

The Brown Bear in Sheffield City Centre is reopened on 12 February with a new management couple at the helm.

The Shiny Sheff on Crimicar Lane closed temporarily on 9 February but has since reopened.

The Water Tower at Norton is closed and boarded up whilst Star Pub Company (Heineken) recruit a publican to take the lease on. An open day is being held there for prospective tenants.

The Anglers Rest in Bamford, which is owned by the Bamford Community Society, is undertaking a fundraising drive to refurbish the premises including updating the kitchen, renewing worn out furniture, improve the layout of the Post Office and cafe areas and carry out plumbing and structural works. The fundraising target is £50k.

The Ball Inn at Grimethorpe, which has been closed since 2020, has a planning application with the council to convert the building into flats.

St Patrick’s Day is the 17 March which this year falls on a Sunday. Many pubs and bars put on celebrations that attracts many folks enjoying the Irish Craic for the day, with many of the events being a device to promote Guinness! However there are a number of venues with events that also serve cask beer or maybe also Irish craft beer. These include pubs that actually have Irish publicans and customers such as the Grapes and Dog & Partridge on Trippet Lane whilst just down the road Perch bar (home to Dead Parrot Brewery with their own cask beers available on handpump) hold celebrations in their events yard.

AND FROM JUST OUTSIDE OUR PATCH…

  • a new micropub is being planned for Kiveton, close to Kiveton Bridge station (and on the X5 bus route from Sheffield so a trip there could be combined with a visit to the Oxbow in Woodhouse Mill and Chantry Inn at Handsworth)
  • The Little Haven micropub in Parkgate (not far from the tram train terminus and Chantry Brewery)_ has relocated to slightly bigger premises across the road which are now open.
  • The Beer Stop at Dronfield has changed ownership. This is a small, specialist beer shop that also has some keg taps for craft beers with the option of drinking on the premises – either at a single table in the shop or on one of the outdoor tables on the patio area at the front. It is a couple of minutes walk from Dronfield railway station and on bus route 44 from Sheffield.

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The Blue Ball in Worrall has revealed the total amount of money raised for charity in 2023 by customers and staff was £11,599.34. Well done all!

The Blind Monkey in Walkley is hosting a makers market at the pub on Sunday 3 March.

You may remember back in April last year the Hallamshire Hotel Music Hall & Late Bar (previously Bloo88) on West Street in Sheffield City Centre was reopened on a temporary lease from Greene King brewery, just at weekends, by the same management as the Washington but has been closed since Christmas. Some good news here – the closure was for a refurbishment. This will see a dancefloor installed downstairs as part of a new decor described as something that “could have fallen right out of Stanley Kubrick’s head”. There has also been investment in a brand new sound system, restoration of the upstairs room into a gig space like the old days and improvements to the beer garden. We are told Improvements to the bar are also included including the introduction of craft beer as well as a new cocktail menu. The big relaunch is on Friday 2 February.

James O’Hara has been awarded an honoury degree by the University of Sheffield. As well as being one of the founders of Tramlines festival the businesses he is involved with include Public cocktail bar, Picture House Social on Abbeydale Road, Gatsby pub, Fagans and various cafes. He’s also part of the consortium that relaunched the Kelham Island Brewery brand, which is now brewed at Thornbridge.

The final day of Andrew Delamere running the Church House pub is Wednesday 31 January and the occasion is being market with a celebration featuring Atomic, an 80s party band. His final Saturday night there will see a band called the Resurrection play. Andrew has ended his lease with Heineken’s Star Pub Company, however the pub isn’t closing and you’ll recognise the new landlord!

Anglers Rest, Bamford

The Anglers Rest is owned by a community interest company where all the shares are held by locals who were keen to maintain local community facilities when the pub company that previously owned it put the building on the market. The building as well as housing the pub and restaurant also hosts the village Post Office and cafe.

The pub part of the Anglers Rest building saw a relaunch on Sunday 7 January with a new management team employed, headed by John Parsons who is a chef that is very well regarded in the Hope Valley being local to the area and having cooked at Breedon Hope Works, Hathersage Social Club and The Sir William in Grindleford as well as working at the Ivy in London! He’s brought a menu of comfort food of the highest quality to the pub’s dining room with the Sunday roast being in high demand judging by how many are booked in for the first day!

Jo with the pump clip for the Torrside collaboration beer

Meanwhile, running the bar is Jo Doyle, who equally has experience and a lot of respect in Sheffield’s pub trade, she has moved on to her role at the Anglers from the Sheaf View in Heeley, a popular pub that regularly picks up CAMRA awards!

The bar at the Anglers Rest, featuring cask beers from Derbyshire and Sheffield on the opening weekend

You may have noticed at the Sheaf View’s beer festivals they are a fan of Torrside brewery, based in New Mills (Derbyshire) and Jo seems to be planning on sharing her love with the drinkers of Bamford having already taken a trip over to New Mills for a collaborative brew day to help produce a new house beer for the Anglers!

If you fancy a trip to the Anglers, bus 257 from Sheffield to Bakewell runs past the pub’s front door, alternatively it is about a mile from Bamford railway station which is also served by buses 271 and 272, this is walkable in about 15 minutes (note it is uphill though!)

Jo and John
the tasting menu offered to guests booked in to dine at the preview night

Royal Hotel, Dungworth

The owners of the Royal Hotel in Dungworth have announced they are selling up and retiring, with a worry that this may become another lost pub. This pub, which also offers bed & breakfast accommodation, was built in 1813 and has been run by David Lambert and Dave & Joanne Jubb for the last 25 years. As well as real ale, the pub serves bar meals and has a reputation for their home made pies, it is also famous for being one of the North Sheffield pubs that take part in the traditional Christmas Carol events as well as hosting a folk club. It also offers spectacular views over the Loxley Valley.

The owners are very much overdue a well earned retirement but have been quite frank about the situation the pub may find itself in – the location is in a small rural village where people don’t really go the local pub any more and the regular business travellers that stayed in the accommodation have disappeared since Covid as well as there being increased competition from new build chain hotels in the City Centre. They point out that as the pub comes with a separate outbuilding in an attractive location the combined site will be worth a lot of money to someone wanting to convert it all to residential use. On the other hand a bunch of regulars are looking at setting up a community interest company to buy it as a going concern (a challenging about of money to raise though, the asking price is over £1m!) and of course it could still be bought by a private concern wanting to keep it going as a pub and hotel.

Fingers crossed someone buys it to run as a pub and B&B and injects the appropriate energy, enthusiasm and investment to reinvigorate it and make it a huge success, opening another positive chapter in the pub’s story, rather than ending over 200 years of history.

The last day of trading under the current management is 1 March 2024.

Vernon Kay’s Derbyshire Ultra Marathon

Vernon Kay, off of BBC Radio 2, has been running 115 miles across Derbyshire to raise funds for the Children in Need charity appeal, followed by an entourage that includes Pudsey Bear. As he passed through Bakewell he was presented with a Bakewell Pudding by the Rutland Arms, he also visited the Queen Anne in Hucklow then in the village of Hope the party was welcomed to the Old Hall Hotel by landlord Rick for an overnight stay and full Derbyshire breakfast to set them up for another big day which saw Vernon run past the Rambler Inn at Edale!

Vernon Kay outside the Old Hall Hotel
Pudsey Bear outside the Old Hall Hotel’s tea room
Vernon Kay at the Queen Anne in Great Hucklow

Peak District Tourism Awards

The tourist board for the Peak District and Derbyshire have announced the shortlist for their annual awards, due to be presented at a ceremony held at the Museum of Making on 7 March.

A number of venues that serve good beer on or near our patch have made the shortlist:

  • Hotel of the Year and Taste of the Peak District – Maynard in Grindleford
  • Pub of the Year – The Blind Bull in Little Hucklow, The George in Hathersage and the Prince of Wales in Baslow
  • Tourism Young Achiever – Steph Taylor of Atlantik Inns (who runs the Anchor near Tideswell) and Emma West of Longbow Bars & Restaurants (the company that runs the Maynard in Grindleford, George in Hathersage and soon the Ashford Arms).
  • Unsung Hero – Adrian Gagea of Longbow Bars & Restaurants.

Good luck to all the above!