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  Kelham Island Tavern
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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.
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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