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Fagans and 'The Snog' - Sheffield

Fagans and 'The Snog'

Fagans: Another Sheffield Institution

It had been a year or so since I'd last been in Fagans,something that had to be rectified! A few days earlier, I'd seen that local artist/musician Pete McKee had added to Sheffields 'Street Art' by creating his 'Joy of Sheff' couple in spray-paint on the wall of this Broad Lane pub.
Deciding where to go out on Saturday night, Phil suggested Fagans before heading to Trippett Lane. We had a peruse of 'The Snog' before crossing the threshold of Fagans.

Fagans is one of Sheffields drinking Institutions, formerly known as The Barrel, it was renamed in 1985 after a former landlord - Joe Fagan, who notched up 37 years as its landlord. The building has stood here since 1820.
A traditional pub with dark wood fittings and furnishings, a lounge, Tap room and snug, that serves a great pint of Guinness!

Walls are adorned with prints of Lancaster bombers ( Joe Fagan was a WW2 bomber pilot), old scenes and humorous articles. On one wall is a 'What's On' which included a flyer for the forthcoming 'Under the Big Top' festival to be held in Graves Park and headlined by Richard Hawley, who was himself enjoying a quiet drink at the end of the bar, under one of Pete McKee's paintings Legends in their Lunchtime (Made in Sheffield)that features Mr Hawley along with Jarvis Cocker and other local legends!
This is a place that attracts local musicians and artists, who can slip in for a quiet drink/chat/interview etc. Some Internationally known musicians have been known to pitch up, when they're In Town!
No Juke Box/muzak/pool table/slot machines - pheew! A rack of newspapers is available for browsing through.

Two chaps nearby were tucking into large plates of delicious smelling 'home cooked' food with gusto. I'd just eaten tea, or I'd have been tempted to choose something from the reasonably priced menu. Apparently the All Day Breakfast is highly recomended! This article confirms the generous portions and the atmosphere of Fagans

Live Music sessions and Quiz nights are crowd pullers.

Four hand pumps - Tetleys Original and Abbeydale Brewery's Moonshine are permanant fixtures! Also a selection of bottled drinks/wine/spirits/soft drinks.

I opted for a pint of Guinness, which was so good, we decided to have another before heading off to Trippett Lane. I'll certainly not leave it so long before my next visit!

UPDATE - I've now visited Fagan's quite a few times since, and look forward to each visit. Just for a quiet drink or a meal - most recently for a belly busting Sunday Roast dinner - excellent value at £7!
We had our works Christmas do here last year, and loved it so much, that we've returned here a couple of times since.
Tom and Barbara always make us feel welcome here. Some of my favourite nights are when a good crowd of musicians and singers turn up and jam together in the back room. I also enjoy a quiet evening in the tiny snug bar, possibly the smallest snug in Sheffield!

Not on the usual pub route - Just a few minutes from Trippett Lane, where The Grapes ( aka Flynns), another traditional pub, is worth visiting- (Broad Lane runs parallel to Trippett Lane). Across the road and a bit further down Broad Lane is Butlers Curry House

Tram Stop - City Hall/West Street
Buses 120 52 30 95 stop nearby
At West Street Live, head down Rockingham Street and turn Right onto Broad Lane - you'll see The Snog mural a few metres away!

Dress Code: Come as You are!
A place where You come to enjoy the Ale and ambiance, not to pose/Be Seen.

Address: 69, Broad Lane, Sheffield, S1 4BS

Directions: for map

Other Contact:

Phone: 01142728430

Theme: Eating and Drinking

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Mar 9, 2015
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Street Art by phlegm -Riverside pub - Sheffield

Street Art by phlegm -Riverside pub

The Riverside Cafe Bar: Charity run pub - Kelham Island

Previously known as The Brown Cow, where it originally was a residential hotel, it became the Brown Cow pub, in the 1840's after the servants' quarters were turned into a beer cellar, and a licence to sell Ale and liquer was granted. it is located on the bankside of the River Don.

I visited the Brown Cow a few times during the 1980's, I seem to remember it being a Wards pub (Wards Brewery was based at Sheaf Brewery on Ecclesall Road, which has been demolished and apartments built on the site) , which was quite dingy, and in a run down area.

The pub has been known as the Riverside since 1995. It has been re-vamped and modernised.

Although it is called The Riverside Cafe bar, it is one of the Real Ale Pubs of the Neepsend Beer trail, aka The Valley of Ales. Located between The Harlequin and The Fat Cat pubs, the outside south facing terrace is a pleasant place to spend a warm summers evening, which is what we did during the recent Tramlines Festival. (The Fat Cat was too packed, so we stopped off here for a pint, before heading to The Harlequin).
Although this part of the Don has been cleaned up, (with modern apartments, lining the banks that once were home to many mills, powered by the water from the river) it is very much an urban river side view.
I was admiring the piece of Street Art, by phlegm on the wall below the Riverside, while Phil tried to point out a rat scurrying on the bank side. He had told me of times after the 2007 flood, that rats had been seen on the pub terrace.

To the left of the pub, looking from the terrace, is Borough Bridge, which is part of Corporation Street (A61 North bound). These were developed at the same time, and named to celebrate the incorporation of Sheffield as a borough.
Designed by Samuel Worth and Samuel Furness Holmes, Work started on 12th March 1853 - apparently the foundation stone is inscribed with this date, and was completed in 1856.
Constructed from stone, with 3 segmented arches, this attractive bridge has grade 2 status.
Prior to the Great Flood of 1864, an iron foot bridge, below this bridge, linked the city and the nearby train station. When debris built up behind it, carried by the force of the flood waters, the metal bridge was swept away.
During the 2007 floods, this area was particularly affected, but the Riverside pub, due to its high position, escaped damage.

Entering the pub, through the front door (Access is also available via the terrace), I spotted another piece of street art - One of John Dowswell's ducks (pic 5), See more of his work here

The well stocked bar had a selection of Ales, lagers, ciders, spirits and soft drinks.
Like The Harlequin, the house beers are provided by The Brew Company. Food (locally sourced) is served daily. There is a Childrens menu/buffet option.

I didn't have much time to look around the pubs interior, as I left Phil to 'get the drinks in', while I went to snare a seat for us on the terrace - One of the few evenings recently, when drinking al fresco was possible.
Mission accomplished - I managed to find a seat at one of the riverside tables, where were able to chat over a pint of beer.

The Riverside is unusual, in that, since 2009, is Sheffield's only 100% charity owned pub. The owners are Sheffield-based, non-profit organisation PointBlank, "who are committed to promoting local arts, music and creative activities".

The upstairs area, is used as an exhibition and Live Music venue. Music also features in the downstairs bar area, with 'Opus Acoustics' on Thursdays, and local DJ's and live Reggae/ Northern Soul/ Motown at weekends. Monthly 'Free-form Jazz improv sessions' (Wednesday) and a Quiz Night on Mondays.
June sees the annual Riverside Arts and Music Festival (free), with live performances, Arts and Craft stalls and workshops.

Well, this is a great place for people (and dog) watching! Quite an 'alternative 'Arty'crowd', many of whom appeared to be keeping the cities tattoo and piercings studios in business. Also, locals, students and Real Ale devotees.

There was a lively, good humoured atmosphere.

During the Knife and Folk Festival, I headed here again, particularly to see some of the local street artists who were painting the gable end of the pub, along with some individual pieces, and also to hopefully purchase a piece of art. I managed to find a limited edition sketch of an otter by one of my favourite local artists, Faunagraphic. Once again, this was a sunny afternoon, so I enjoyed a few hours enjoying the live acts playing on the outside stage.

Interestingly, during a recent guided walk around the area, I found out that the Corporation Street Baths once stood ( 1879- 1962), where the pubs terrace is today. Reports from local history forums state that the pool was quite small, with 3 slipper baths - popular when houses often didn't have plumbed baths or showers. Many school children learnt to swim here.

Dress Code: Come as you are!

Address: 1 Mowbray Street, Sheffield, S3 8EN

Directions: Neepsend/ Kelham Island
10 minutes walk from Cathedral or Shalesmoor tram stops

Other Contact: enquiries[at]

Phone: 0114 272 4633

Theme: Eating and Drinking


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  • Updated Mar 9, 2015
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The Bath - Sheffield

The Bath

The Bath: A Traditional and Historical Sheffield pub

UPDATE - The Bath has now been taken over by the Thornbridge brewery, to mixed thoughts Click here for info

The Bath is one of the few city centre pubs that hasn't been turned into a 'theme bar' or minimalised trendy wine bar style.
On a quiet side street off West Street, (which is home to many bars and restaurants catering to the student community).

The original building dates back to the 1860's, and became a hostelry around 1895. It was possibly a combined grocers/ beer-house at one time. It's now a Grade 2 listed building,( since 1999) for its 'outstanding heritage interior' ! The Bath, won the CAMRA/English Heritage 2003 Pub Design Award for conservation. At my last visit, there were copies of a book 'Yorkshire's Real Heritage Pubs; Pub Interiors of Special Historic Interest in Yorkshire and Humber' for £4.99 on sale - Mr B brought me a copy, and unsurprisingly, this pub features in it.

Found at the end of a Victorian terrace, this quaint inn is set at an angle. It hasn't been too altered in its structure, since it was first opened as a Public House around 1908. Ind Cooper, noted Brewers from Burton took over the pub in 1914 at the time of World War One. The interior was altered in the early 1930's to expand into the grocers shop, and most of the fixtures and fittings date back to this time.
It's name probably arose from the nearby Turkish Baths, which opened in 1847 (Now Spa1847)

It's triangular shape houses a bar, with a hatch servery into the lounge, and the corridor acts as an overspill for 'stand up' drinkers.

The small lounge -snug bar has leaded windows and leather bench seating.

The main bar, has many original features. The bar itself dominates the room and has unusual orange/brown tiles. The tiled floor is a new addition. Otherwise, most of the fittings are original, including the stained glass windows and dark wood fittings.

Real Ales and genuine atmosphere. Yes, you can even hold a conversation without having to compete with the music! Quiz night seemed quite popular when we were last in there.

The small rooms get quite crowded- popular with locals, students, University staff, Real Ale fans. Good mix of ages and clientele.

Afraid that I don't get to visit this place as much as I'd like - my girlfriends prefer the wine bar/mass marketed places for nights out.

Monday -Saturday 12:00 - 23:00
Sunday - 19:00 - 22:30

Food served
Mon-Sat 12:00-15:00

Dress Code: Casual - come as you are!

Usual student 'uniform' plus a smattering of fleeces/ outdoor gear.

Address: 66 -68 Victoria Street, Sheffield, S3 7QL

Directions: On the same road as the Spa Turkish Baths.
From city centre travel up West Street, on left side look for a red brick building (Swim Inn and Chinese Restaurant) turn down this next street and you'll see The Bath,
Tram Stop - West Street

Other Contact:

Phone: 0114 249 5151

Theme: Eating and Drinking

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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Saturday night in Flynns - Sheffield

Saturday night in Flynns

Flynns - The Grapes: Pub with plenty of character

The Grapes used to be one of my watering holes during the late 70's/Mid 80's - Standing in the narrow corridor waiting to bag a seat in one of the two rooms opposite the bar (I never set foot in the small room behind the bar) it was a feat to avoid getting knocked into by folks rushing to the toilets.

Well, I had a drink in here recently, and there were no free seats - Yes, I ended up stood in the narrow corridor again, and again was jostled, but it has a friendly vibe here! A place where strangers start up conversations with you. This is no doubt due in some part to the flowing Guinness!

One of Sheffield's traditional Irish pubs, a place where you will hear Irish accents and music - live and recorded - the legendary Juke Box is stacked with traditional and modern Irish classics!

to be continued.....

Dress Code: Come as You Are!
St Patricks Day/Night/Weekend - Well - at least something green!

Address: 80-82 Trippet Lane Sheffield S1 4EL

Directions: City Centre, off West Street
Tram Stop - City Hall


Phone: +44 114 249 0909

Theme: Eating and Drinking


Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Mar 7, 2015
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T'Leadmill - Sheffield


Leadmill: Live Bands and more

This is one of Sheffield's iconic night spots, a place which I used to frequent many a night during the 80's and 90's. It opened in 1980, and is now Sheffield's longest running live music venue and night club. This former flour mill and later Arts/community centre has since gone on to win many prestigious local and National awards, and has featured some of the top British and International artists, but has a reputation for encouraging up and coming local acts. CLICK HERE FOR HISTORY AND WHO'S PLAYED HERE I was going to say that this is Sheffield's Hacienda Club, noted for its part in the Manchester movement, but The Leadmill has long outlived the Hacienda!

It has been a long time since I was last here, but November 20th 2014, I revisited it as I wanted to see a new, up and coming local band High Hazels - Remember their name! The Leadmill has a recognised track record for spotting bands before they hit the Big Time!
I'm afraid that I don't recognise so many names on the list of forthcoming acts these days ;-(

Through the years I've enjoyed some great times here in this dingy dark club.
Some great acts such as The Pretenders - we walked in to find them already playing on stage and for a while thought that they were miming as the sound was so good - soon realised that they were playing live and WERE so good. Most nights we turned up to dance to the tracks that the DJ's played - usually a mix of current and classics from the 70's onwards - with a leaning to indie/punk/rock/soul etc.

Three rooms on one level, with a bar in each. Disabled access.Wheelchairs accepted - door staff will give assistance.
The bar off the main room sells Leadmill souvenir T-Shirts and bags etc. (There is also an online shop) Check out local artist Pete McKee's work above the bar too.

This visit, I was impressed by how friendly and helpful the door and bar staff were!
The bar stocks a good range of reasonably priced beers, lagers, wines, spirits and soft drinks. Also cocktails and shots, with special offers on various club nights.

ID may be requested - Passport/ driving licence/ID Card/Proof of age card with PASS hologram are the only accepted forms of ID

Dress Code: Come as You are - not a posing club for the most part - from what I remember/ witnessed tonight - folks are more interested in the music or meeting up with friends.

- from their web site - No Track suits or football shirts. Punters may be asked to remove hats. Trainers tolerated.

Address: 4 Leadmill Road, Sheffield S1 4SE

Directions: Near the Train Station DIRECTIONS & MAP

Other Contact:

Phone: 0114 2727040

Theme: Nightclub


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  • Updated Mar 7, 2015
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O2 Academy - Sheffield

O2 Academy

O2 Academy: Music Venue

The building that houses the O2 academy has been a Sheffield landmark for decades. Recognised from Sheffield station, it was previously known as 'Roxys' - Roxy disco/night club, or Barry Noble's Roxy where Yes, I did dance round my handbag in the 1980's!

Before it became Roxys, it was Steelys, and previously Top Rank (It opened under this name in 1967) - where I saw one of my first concerts - Mr Big in the late 1970's.

'Poxy Roxys' as it was commonly known, was a 2 storey club, the upper floor being partly mezzanine style, offering views over the dancefloor.
I remembered the sticky carpet - pints of lager and black no doubt being partly responsible.

A popular (Cheesy)TV show of the late 1980's 'The Hitman and Her' featured Pete Waterman and Michaela Strachan visiting night clubs around the UK - one episode was from Roxys. I'm sure there will be videos on Youtube!

It closed in the 1990's, and stood empty for many years, opening briefly as a temporary church for the congregation of St Thomas's church

This music venue opened in 2008, as The Carling Academy - local group Reverend and The Makers were the opening act.

Later, becoming the O2 academy.
It was awarded the local Exposed Magazine Best Live Venue 2008-2010

I revisited this venue in April 2009, to see The Specials - A great night! I was glad that I'd decided to stand upstairs, rather than down at the front of the stage.
The O2 is a stand only venue, which is a problem for shorties like me, especially as the floor is on a level, and not sloped towards the stage.
Well, there is seating upstairs -a small cordoned off area for wheelchair users, along with a few seats.
Yes, once the lights went down, I'd noticed that most of these seats were unoccupied - I ducked under the rope and took a seat! A great view of the concert and crowd!!
Disabled tickets must be booked prior to the event-these are often limited.
Wheelchair Access and Disabled Toilets

I also saw Thin Lizzy tribute band 'Limehouse Lizzy' play here more recently - We'd noticed that it stated 18.30 as the start time, which we thought was quite early, and assumed there would be a support group, so headed to the pub first. Our mistake- we arrived around 19.30 to catch the end of their performance!

This concert had been in one of the smaller rooms - staff appeared to be getting the venue ready for a later event.
So, if you're coming to the O2, check the start time, and believe it! (Though recently, for The Cult and The Mission concert, we found that asking the security staff was more accurate as they had the times that bands were due on/off stage)

There are regular club nights on Fridays and Saturdays, while Student night is on Wednesdays, as well as 'ad-hoc' club nights.

...Oh and the carpets are still sticky!

Bars on both levels- pints etc served in plastic glasses - beer/lager as you'd probably expect-nothing too exciting to choose from.

Nearby pubs, for pre-concert drinks
Bankers Draft - Wetherspoons pub - for reasonable priced drinks and food - next to Castle Square Tram stop (3 minutes walk) - although it does attract some quite undesirable characters!

Behind the Crucible Theatre is Tudor Square, with a few bars - The Old Monk ( with another entrance on Norfolk Street - a few doors away from The Brown Bear) Crucible Corner and Crucible Theatre Bar (2- 3 minutes walk)

Surrey Street - The Graduate (3-4 minute walk)

If arriving by train/ bus/ coach - The Sheffield Tap at the train station offers a huge selection of Real Ales (5 minute (uphill) walk)
Opposite the station is The Showroom cinema, which has a pleasant bar and good food!

Probably better to avoid the pubs around the Castle Market/Waingate/Dixon Lane area!!!

Official merchandise is on sale inside, but unofficial T-shirts/posters are usually on sale outside after concerts.

Once you've been admitted, there are no 'pass outs'/re-admission - although there are 'Smokers Pass Outs'

Children welcome - under 14s must be accompanied by an adult.
Club nights are strictly 18 years old and over - ID may be requested if buying alcohol/requesting smoking pass out.
Challenge 21 rules apply at this venue.

Multi Storey Car Parking under venue.

Dress Code: No restrictions, However "if you are wearing a hat, hoody or bike helmet you may be asked to remove these prior to entry and that they be deposited in a cloakroom" I think it was £1 per item.
Also, some O2 venues don't allow football colours/Fancy dress

Address: 37 - 43 Arundel Gate, S1 2PN

Directions: Sheffield City Centre
5 minutes walk UPHILL from train and bus station
Opposite Crucible Theatre for more info

Other Contact:

Phone: Box Office: 0844 477 2000 (24 Hr

Theme: Live Music


Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Nov 23, 2013
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Dog and Partridge pub before alterations - Sheffield

Dog and Partridge pub before alterations

Dog and Partridge: One time traditional Irish pub

The Dog and Partridge was one of Sheffields long established Traditional Irish pubs (long before Irish Theme Bars were invented), where you could catch impromptu live music sessions, as well as hear many Irish accents. The Juke Box was stacked with Irish classics, old and new!

This pub has recently undergone a transformation. The old landlady, Annie Flynn has left here after over 30 years (taking the juke box and other favourite fittings) and moved a few yards down the road to The Grapes, or Flynns as it is now known . Apparently The Grapes is her own pub, which is a Free House, and not owned by a brewery/ corporate business.

I'd heard that after a few changes of management, this was no longer an 'Irish Pub', but was a rock bar. I'd also noticed that one of my favourite foodie business's The Street Food Chef was serving their delicious Mexican food here!

Well, in the interests of research ;-) I accompanied Phil on a mini pub crawl around this area of the city centre.
After a couple of pints in Fagans on Broad Lane - we headed to the Grapes, which was 'packed to the rafters' - Arriving at the Dog and Partridge, we braced ourselves for the usual struggle to get to the bar....... Hmmmm, walked straight up and was served straight away - Saturday night and probably less than a dozen people in here! Yes, Guinness is still served along with a range of Cask Ales, ciders as well as bottled beers and lagers.Some local ales from Kelham Island Brewery etc.

It was a bit strange seeing the place so quiet and the different decor - The old Dog has had a make-over. We headed for a seat in the empty room to the left of the door passing the space where the juke box was conspicuous by its absence. Apparently most of the Dog's regulars have voted with their feet and joined their former landlady at Grapes/Flynns

Well, it was quite nice to have a comfortable seat, and the chance to chat without being jostled about or shouting above music/inebriated souls.
A good selection of Soul/Motown and rock classics at a comfortable level. Some arty pics of Sheffield locations on the walls.

Well, it's certainly NOT like the old D&P, although the smaller off shoot rooms remain. It's difficult not to remember how it was, with its lively atmosphere. I'd certainly return here, but hope that it doesn't get 'discovered' by the West Street crowd.
While pubs are closing weekly, we also seem to be having new/resurrected pubs opening as regularly, particularly Real Ale pubs.

The new owners seem to have some new ideas - Good to see a local business supporting another - The Street Food Chef offer good quality food, using local suppliers as much as possible.
Try their food here Monday - Wednesday 11.00 -14.30
Thursday & Friday, 12.00 -20.00

My original tip about The Dog and Partridge
This is a must see, especially if you're fed up with themed pubs/ banks turned into wine bars /bars where you sit down for a chat with your mates, just as the sound system is turned up to full volume etc! (Blimey, just realised I've become 'Grumpy Old Woman' - Only seems like yesterday, that music could never be too loud!!!)
The Dog and Partridge is a local pub, that hasn't been trendified! A regular clientele, plus students, drifters in off the main drag etc!
The juke box is stacked with old Irish faves, The bar is stacked with Guiness, Jamesons and a lot more besides! and in the lounge, you're more than likely to chance upon an impromptu live music session!
A great atmosphere, warm and friendly- a great antidote to The West Street /Town experience!!

'Next door' is The Grapes, another 'regular pub' Trippets Wine Bar ( now a Thornbridge property renamed the Dada , is opposite The Grapes, (Both offer live music), then further along on Pitt Street, is The Red Deer.
A bit further up off West Street (which runs parallel) on Victoria Street, is The Bath, another traditional pub.
Individual tips/pics on these venues coming soon ish!

Address: 56, Trippet Lane, Sheffield, S1 4EL

Directions: Off West Street, near junction of West Street/Leopold Street.
Trams (City Hall or Cathedral Stop) and buses (52,59,30,95,120 etc) stop nearby
10/15 mins from bus/train station.

Other Contact:

Phone: +44 114 270 6156

Theme: Eating and Drinking


Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated May 4, 2013
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Kelham Island Tavern - Sheffield

Kelham Island Tavern

Kelham Island Tavern: Award winning Real Ale Pub and Beer Garden

The Kelham Island Tavern is a traditional pub that is noted for its friendly atmosphere and wide selection of Real Ales. It is located around the corner from the Kelham Island Brewery and Museum.
The building dates from 1833, when it was known as The Sawmakers Arms. Its location provided a respite for the hard working steel workers in the vicinity.
With the decline in the steel industry, the area became neglected, and the pub, then known as The White Hart eventually closed, just before the end of the 20th Century.

In 2001, the present owners saw the potential for providing an oasis for Real Ale drinkers of Sheffield. Their vision and hard work resulted in them achieving many awards from CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) including winning National CAMRA pub of the year in 2008 and 2009.

The pub retains a traditional layout with individual rooms - The front bar has seating and a fireplace (complete with a pair of china dogs) There is also a back room and a modern addition of a beer garden/conservatory. At my last visit I enjoyed a pint of Farmers Blonde (from the local Bradfield Brewery) sitting outside on the pavement area, where there are a couple of small tables with chairs. Pints are served in a lined glass, so you get a full pint ;-)

This is a popular place for CAMRA members, students, local residents (Many riverside appartments were constructed/converted here in the early 2000's when the area was gentrified) and those who appreciate a good drink in a relaxing pub. It's one of the stop offs on the Real Ale Trails, so it can get quite busy at times - which imo is no bad thing, as many pubs around the country are closing each week, due to lack of custom.

A notice in the bar warns that swearing is not tolerated, and cursers will be evicted! You won't find any piped music or fruit machines here - so you can enjoy a chat and drink without distraction.
There are weekly live music events - Folk and acoustic music mainly (see the web page for details) Monday night is Quiz Night
Dogs on leads are welcome too!

The real attraction for the majority of punters is the wide selection of beers that are available - Many from local Sheffield and Yorkshire breweries (Bradfield, Barnsley, Thwaites etc) A selection of 'Regulars' as well as about 9 guest beers that change over frequently enough to keep the 'tickers' happy - (the equivalent of train spotting, with enthusiasts travelling thousands of miles to notch up different cask conditioned ales, and 'tick them off' )
The Kelham Island Tavern was one of the locations featured in the documentary about this 'sect' Beertickers beyond the ale

Although it shares its name with the Kelham Island Brewery, the nearby Fat Cat Pub is the main place to sample their ales.

Food is available (12.00 - 15.00 (Except Sundays), but I've not eaten here-(I'm not sure of the menu either, but will suss it out at my next visit)

Open Daily - 12.00 - MIDNIGHT

Dress Code: Come as You are! Unlike some of the City Centre bars, this NOT a place for poseurs

Kelham Island attracts a real mix of clientele of all ages, sporting various attire, from 'Real Ale' T-Shirts to smart casual.

The Kelham Island Quarter is a bit off the beaten track, with a short walk from the nearest tram/bus stop, or a 20 minute walk from the City Centre so consider comfy footwear if walking here.

Address: 62,Russell Street, Kelham Island, Sheffield S3 8RW

Directions: Nearest Tram Stop SHALESMOOR , then a 10 minute walk.

Other Contact:

Phone: 0114 272 2482 - 0845 873 9913

Theme: Eating and Drinking


Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Mar 28, 2013
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The Showroom Cinema - Sheffield

The Showroom Cinema

The Showroom: Independent Cinema and more besides!

The Showroom Cinema is one of the countries largest independent cinemas. Its four screens show a variety of films, many of these are not usually on view at the 'multi-plexes'

The Showroom and Workstation opened in 1993, in the former Kennings car dealership, a 1936 art deco building.

Following recent redevelopment of the area, including the Train Station, this area is now known as the Cultural Quarter. The Workstation provides office space for businesses in the cultural industries sector. There is also a room available for hire for parties-I went to a friends 40th Party here.

The Showroom specializes in Independent and Foreign films, and hosts regular themed Festivals.
I'm afraid that I don't get to visit here as much as I'd like.

My last visit was during the 2012 'Off the Shelf'' Festival, where Sarfraz Manzoor gave a talk about his life and his obsession with Bruce Springsteen as documented in his book 'Greetings From Bury Park' (which I'd enjoyed reading a few years ago)

In 2008,I went to see a documentary about Youssou n'Dour - I bring What I Love, where there was a talk by the pruducer of the film. Another time, I heard a talk by the historian Michael Wood, and got to chat with him afterwards.

The Showroom featured in the video for Leave Before The Lights Come On, by local band - the Arctic Monkeys , in 2006.

Check the website for forthcoming events.

Box Office

Mon to Fri from 10.00

Sat/Sun from 10.30

Check the website for times of film showings

There is a comfy bar, which sometimes hosts quiz nights etc. It's popular with students from the nearby Hallam University, Arty types and professionals etc. Food available.
Mon to Thur 10am - 11pm
Fri 10am -12pm
Sat 11am -12pm
Sun 12am-10.30pm
Food served Mon to Sat until 9pm / Sun 12 - 4pm

UPDATE- The restaurant/bar has been taken over by Simon Ayres, the former Head Chef of The Milestone, which I'm quite excited about! He's already created a roof garden, where herbs and vegetables are grown for the restaurant, and is in the process of refurbishing the café-bar and menus.

Disabled Access
All public areas are open to wheelchair users - Please notify Box Office, when booking tickets, if you require a wheelchair space. Disabled parking on Paternoster Row next to the cinema.

Infra red sound facility for hearing impaired.

Near to Sheffield Train station and Bus interchange.

Dress Code: Come as You are!

Address: 15 Paternoster Row, Sheffield, S1 2BX

Directions: From the train station less than 5 minutes walk - Visible from the station forecourt!

Phone: 0114 275 7727

Theme: Other


Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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The Harlequin - Sheffield

The Harlequin

The Harlequin: Friendly Real Ale pub -Kelham Island

The Harlequin is another of the gems of Sheffield's Real Ale 'trail'

This hostelry began life around 1849 as the "Manchester & Lincolnshire Railway Hotel" - it was a short distance from the Wicker train station, the first train station to be opened in Sheffield (31 October 1838).

In the first Sheffield Flood of 1864, the building was severely damaged - it's entire front facade was destroyed.
The name of the pub was later shortened to 'The Manchester'

Towards the end of 2006, this pub re-opened, with a name change - It was now known as 'The Harlequin' (In 2000 a nearby pub called 'The Harlequin and Clown' was demolished)
A few months after opening, it was forced to close, after the Sheffield Flood of June 2007, caused havoc in this area.
Surprisingly, the Harlequin was back in business within a few weeks!

I first visited the Harlequin during the 2011 Tramlines Festival, it was somewhere that I'd been looking forward to, as it is one of Phils' favourite watering holes. I've since been here a few times, and yes, it has a lovely atmosphere.

This Free House supplies a variety of drinks - The Brew Company , supplies their house beers.

They boast 14 regularly changed, hand pulled guest ales, 10 real ciders and perries, World craft beers, draught & bottled specialist lagers, plus a range of specialist spirits.
2011 was a good year for this pub - being awarded the Sheffield CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) Cider Pub of The Year 2011 and Sheffield CAMRA Pub of The Month May 2011.

After visiting the Kelham Island Christmas Market on a particularly wet and cold Saturday in December, Phil and I escaped to The Harlequin, where we 'warmed our cockles' with an excellent glass of their mulled cider - it certainly packed a punch!

Unusually for 'A Real Ale pub', the Harlequin also has an affinity for spirits, stocking a variety of some well known, and many 'unusual brands'

- From the website ;


Geranium, Bloom, Death’s Door, 6 O’Clock, Blackwood’s, Tanqueray Rangpur, Hendricks, Bombay Sapphire, Gordon’s, Sipsmith, Bathtub, DH Krahn, Gin Mare, Hoxton, Krieken Genever, Oude Graan


Ron Zacapa 23, Pampero Anniversario, Goslings, Goslings 151, Goslings Family Reserve, El Dorado, Angostura 1919, Angostura 1824, Sailor Jerry, Sailor Jerry Original, Rumbullion!, Captain Morgan


Blantons, Rip Van Winkle, Buffalo Trace, Woodford Reserve"

Through June 2012, there have been 'educational' spirit Tasting evenings on Thursdays. We were too late to sign up for one of these, but hope they will be repeated, as they appear to have been very popular.

Despite being an open plan pub, the low ceilings and dark wood bar maintain a 'traditional pub' feel. It has a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.
There are newspapers to read.

Live music is a popular feature of The Harlequin, as I mentioned above, my first visit was during the annual Tramlines Festival in 2011 (We were here again in 2012), where we enjoyed listening to a band playing rock covers.
Check the Website for forthcoming acts
Monthly open mic night (first Tuesday of every month) from 21.00hrs

Food is served daily, their Sunday lunch (12.30- 1500 £7.00) is very popular - We've still got to try this!

Food Served
Mon-Fri 12:00-14:00; 18:00-21:00
Sat 12:00-18:00
Sun 12:30-1500

Pub opening 12.00 - late.
Children allowed until 15.00

Beer Garden at the back.

Dress Code: No rules as far as I could see
A mix of clientele - locals, Real Ale fans, students etc

Address: 108 Nursery Street Sheffield S3 8GG

Directions: Neepsend

Off the A61 ring road, near The Wicker/Kelham Island

Other Contact:

Phone: 0114 275 8195

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Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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