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May Pub of the Month presentation

On 9 May, Sheffield & District CAMRA members descended on the University Arms, Brook Hill, for the presentation of the Pub of the Month award for May 2017. The evening was a double celebration as the pub was also presented with its Asset of Community Value (ACV) certificate from the Department for Communities and Local Government. After a long campaign, the University Arms recently became the ninth Sheffield pub to receive the ACV accolade.

Social Secretary Patrick Johnson (centre) presented pub manager Ashley Shephard (left) and bar manager Danny Vickers (right) with the awards, which we are sure will be displayed in pride of place for years to come!

Club of the Year 2017

We are pleased to announce that Stocksbridge RUFC has won this year’s Club of the Year award. As well as the rugby, the clubhouse hosts regular events and has become well known in the area for the quality of beer available. The bar offers three regular real ales; Hobgoblin, Bradfield Farmer’s Blonde and Farmer’s Brown Cow. Seasonal Bradfield brews are also available.

Last year saw the club host its first ever beer festival, which is set to return this year. The festival will see eight additional real ales on offer. The presentation of the award has been timed to coincide with the beer festival on Saturday 17 June. Sheffield & District CAMRA members are invited to come along from 4pm onwards for a presentation around 5pm. Of course, if you’re keen why not head down a bit earlier and sample some of the many beers on offer!

Stocksbridge RUFC can be found at 634 Manchester Road, Stocksbridge, Sheffield, S36 1DY. Bus 57 from Sheffield will get you to within a couple of minutes’ walk of the ground. You can also use the SL1/SL1a Supertram link buses departing from Middlewood tram terminus.

Pub of the Month – May 2017: The University Arms

Our Pub of the Month awards are voted for by our members and are designed not as a competition between pubs as such, more to celebrate those pubs and bars around our area that serve great real ale in a friendly and comfortable atmosphere, day in, day out.

The University Arms became a pub in January 2007, having previously operated as Club 197, the staff club for the University of Sheffield. It was originally built as the vicarage for the nearby St. George’s Church. The University Arms gained the status of Asset of Community Value in March 2017.

The bar offers a fairly extensive range of real ales – usually there are beers from Acorn, Welbeck Abbey and Kelham Island plus an ever changing selection of guest ales. Other craft beers plus real cider is available too.

Food is served from midday until 8pm with classic pub meals done well, additionally a lunchtime menu of hot and cold sandwiches and snacks is available until 3pm. Prices are kept quite reasonable, with most main courses around the £7 mark.

At the rear of the pub is an excellent lawned beer garden, one of the only ‘proper’ beer gardens in the City Centre. During the summer BBQ events take place in the garden and at Tramlines festival weekend is converted into a live music venue which really draws the crowds.

Upstairs there are a number of meeting and function rooms. As well as being used by various student societies they are used by groups such as Sheffield Board Games Club and Rutland Cycling Club, there is also a monthly live blues ‘loft club’ held there, organised by local promoter Saxbob.

We’ll be heading to the University Arms to present the certificate on Tuesday 9th May from 8pm, all are welcome to join us for a pint or two.

The pub can be found at 197 Brook Hill, Sheffield S3 7HG. It is a short walk around the corner from the University of Sheffield tram stop or buses 51, 52 and 52a stop nearby outside the Student Union.

CAMRA branch Website of the year award

Andy Cullen, our Beer Matters and website editor, collected an award for CAMRA branch website of the year whilst at the national AGM & Members Weekend in Bournemouth.

Special thanks go to Robin Lunnon who built and maintains our website (as well as doing all the design for Beer Matters and our festival publicity) along with everyone who has contributed news and articles.




District Pub of the Year 2017 – the Anglers Rest, Bamford

The Anglers Rest

The Anglers Rest in Bamford is a special place. In October 2013 after a long, hard fought campaign, it was purchased collectively by over 300 people and became the first community owned pub in the High Peak.

In late 2012, The Bamford Community Society, a community benefit society, was formed in order to purchase the pub, after it was threatened with closure. The community society had an overwhelming response, working together to save the Anglers.  Asset of Community Value (ACV) status was obtained with High Peak Borough Council (HPBC) in May 2013. This provided a clear breathing space while business plans were formulated.

Since re-opening, local volunteers have renovated and improve the facilities. The pub has thrived. It is now a viable and sustainable business – the pub, the post office and café are all under the one roof with a large village car park adjacent. Under the management of a professional team, it provides a warm welcome to local people and visitors alike.

There is a full events programme including a weekly quiz and monthly folk sessions and vinyl club. The Anglers also has an outdoor tool station for emergency repairs and cycle racks.

The pub has a wide selection of real ales from the local area and beyond.  Local brewery, Intrepid, regularly feature, as well as Black Sheep and ales from Kelham Island and Abbeydale. It was awarded April 2015 ‘Pub of the Month’ by ‘Sheffield and District’ CAMRA and is now adding the prestigious ‘District Pub of the Year Award.’

The Anglers is a perfect example of the positive effect which Asset of Community value (ACV) status can have. Without the speedy obtaining of the protection this afforded, it is unlikely that the Anglers would have survived, leaving Bamford as yet another village with no pub.

This award will be presented on the afternoon of Saturday 20th.May – all welcome!

Dave Pickersgill, April 2017

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Old Queens Head POTM Apr17

April Pub of the Month presentation

the 11th April saw a number of CAMRA members head to the Old Queens Head in Sheffield City Centre to celebrate the Pub of the Month award and see Sheffield CAMRA Social Secretary Patrick Johnson present the certificate to licencees Michael Latal and Zuzana Barincova. Real Ales were reduced to the bargain price of £2.50 a pint for the evening with a range on the bar including Thwaites regulars and seasonals along with the special local guest ale – Abbeydale Reaper Hopfenweisse (which sold out quite quickly!).

Pub of the Year 2017

Our Pub of the Year competition each year celebrates our area’s best pubs for drinking real ale that embraces CAMRA’s consumer values.

The winning pubs are selected in a two stage process. We start with all the pubs that have either won a Pub of the Month award over the last year or are listed in the current Good Beer Guide.

  • Membership vote to create a top pubs shortlist
  • Judges visit to rank the shortlisted pubs

The judging team is made up of a variety of people, male and female, young and old, each visits every pub individually and scores the pubs against a set criteria

  • Quality of real ale, cider and perry
  • Style, decor and cleanliness
  • Service, welcome and offering
  • Community focus and atmosphere
  • Alignment with CAMRA principles
  • Overall impression

We make two awards, A Sheffield Pub of the Year for the Yorkshire part of our branch area and a District pub of the Year for the Derbyshire part. Each are the entered into the respective county round for judging as an entry in the national competition.


Sheffield winner: Kelham Island Tavern

The Kelham Island Tavern came into existence in 2002 when Trevor Wraith bought a closed, boarded up pub, previously known as the White Hart, in a district that was still a declining industrial area and the overspill of the red light district. The area was already on the real ale radar however, with the Fat Cat around the corner and the Cask & Cutler a few minutes walk away.

The new Kelham Island Tavern established its lasting venues from the word go – a wide and varied range of real ales (always including a stout or porter, traditional bitter and a mild), real cider, reasonable prices, lined glasses, simple lunchtime food, clean and comfortable surroundings, good staff and a well cared for beer garden.

This cosy little pub soon proved popular and an extension was added to the rear adding much needed extra capacity and a disabled toilet, this also helped with putting on regular events including the Monday quiz night and folk music nights. They also hold an annual mid summer solstice beer festival in the garden.

A few little touches to maintain standards is a no swearing rule and the exclusion from the bar of big industrial lager brands.

The Kelham won CAMRA’s National Pub of the Year award two years in a row – in 2008 and 2009 and has won Sheffield CAMRA’s Pub of the Year every single year from 2004 to present, reflecting that not only have their basic values and standards been maintained religiously but they have subtly developed to ensure they continue to tick boxes – for example the introduction of the new wave of craft beer and third pint measures for stronger beers.

The Kelham Island Tavern is at 62 Russel Street, S3 8RW. Nearest bus stop is on the A61 (Allen Street/Ebenezer Street) served by routes 57,61,62,81,82,85,86 or Shalesmoor tram stop is just a few minutes away.

Sheffield runner up: Sheaf View (Heeley)

The Sheaf View was bought, refurbished, extended and reopened as a freehouse by James Birkett back in 2000 after spending a little time closed and boarded up. It has proved a good and popular local pub ever since.

The walls and shelves are adorned with assorted breweriana and provide an ideal background for good drinking and conversation. A wide range of international beers, together with malt whiskies and a real cider complement the eight reasonably priced real ales. Six guest beers (one of which is always from Neepsend Brewery) and an extensive range of bottle Belgium and continental beers. Great value and a warm welcome come as standard.

The Sheaf View is at 25 Gleadless Road, S2 3AA. Buses 10,10a,20,24,25,43,43a,44 and X17 stop on London Road a few minutes walk away (outside Ponsfords/railway bridge).

rest of the top 20 Sheffield pubs:
3) Gardeners Rest (Neepsend)
4) Blake (Walkley)
5) Shakespeares (Kelham Island)
6) Fat Cat (Kelham Island)
7) Beer Engine (Cemetery Road)
8) Rising Sun (Nether Green)
9) Red Deer (City Centre)
10) Sheffield Tap (City Centre)
11) Bath Hotel (City Centre)
12) Harlequin (Nursery Street)
13) Brothers Arms (Heeley)
14) Nags Head (Loxley)
15) Three Tuns (City Centre)
16) Beer House (Hunters Bar)
17) White Lion (Heeley)
18) New Barrack Tavern (Hillsborough)
19) Hillsborough Hotel (Langsett Road)
20) University Arms (City Centre)

Derbyshire Winner: Anglers Rest (Bamford)

IMG_4713rest of the top 5 Derbyshire pubs:
2) Red Lion (Litton)
3) Three Stags Head (Wardlow Mires)
4) Cheshire Cheese (Hope)
5) Grouse (Longshaw)



Exterior of pub late evening.

National Pub Design Awards 2016

Conservation Winner – Scottish Stores, London

The Scottish Stores, a Grade II listed building, was designed by architects Wylson and Long in 1900-1. This much-loved urban landmark was brought back to life in 2015 when its three distinct bars were impressively conserved. The Jacobethan-styled woodwork in the server has been sympathetically restored, as have the coloured lithographs of hunting scenes by Cecil Aldin (1900), set into frames in the panelling.

Refurbishment & Joe Goodwin Award Winner – Tim Bobbin, Burnley

A handsome stone building, Tim Bobbin, dates to 1701, but in the 1960s it was insensitively ‘restored’ and by the 1990s looked very tired and sad.  Samuel Smiths’ in-house architects have rescued this prominent pub through an excellent refurbishment. The pub’s multi-room plan has been restored.

Refurbishment (Commended) – The Ship, Sheffield

Ship Inn   Sheffield

Ship Inn   Sheffield

This stunning Edwardian street-corner pub was originally built, as the superb tiled frieze boasts, for Tomlinson’s Anchor Brewery. A 1978 Bass Charrington plan indicates how the building was opened out. Originally four separate entrances led to (1) a lobby (with off-sales) and lounge, (2) the public bar, (3) the sung and (4) a lobby and billiards room. Changes saw the kitchen become the ladies, movement of the central bar to the current position and replacement of the corner door by a window. Previous plans indicate that the room on the left of the entrance was originally two shops.

The wording ‘Dram Shop’ on the corner of the ceramic frontage (above the sealed up corner door) is also worth noting. ‘Dram Shop’ is a local phrase for ‘Off Sales’ and can be seen at a number of other Sheffield locations.

In the 1990’s Bass sold the Ship to Hardy and Hansons’ Kimberley Brewery of Nottingham. It passed on to Greene King in 2006 when they took over, and closed, the Kimberley brewery. Subsequently, the building did not fare well as its interior was allowed to slowly deteriorate. The Ship closed in February 2015 and was subsequently reopened by Hawthorn Leisure the following September after a six figure cash injection. Hawthorn Leisure worked to retain as many original features as possible. This included restoring the original inside tiling, which builders found hidden beneath years of decoration. The pub has now been restored to its Edwardian glitz and glitter.

Since the inception of these awards in 1983, The Ship is only the second Sheffield Pub to receive an award:  In 2010, the Sheffield Tap was awarded Best Conversion to Pub Use.

PDA 2017 CAMRA photos (16)Following the national presentation at the Scottish Stores, there will be a presentation event at the Ship on Wednesday 31st.May at 16:00 – all welcome! – our Pub Heritage officer will forward the certificate he collected, in London, on behalf of Sheffield, to its rightful owners, the Ship.

Dave Pickersgill

Pub of the Month April 2017 – Old Queens Head, Pond Hill, Sheffield City Centre

The Old Queen’s Head, next to Sheffield Interchange, is believed to be the oldest domestic building in Sheffield, and is thought to have begun life as a shooting lodge for Sheffield Manor, later becoming he wash house.

It is known to have become a beer house by the 1840’s and passed through the hands of several breweries before being acquired by Thwaites around 20 years ago. The front lounge, occupying the half-timbered older part of the building has an original fireplace and carved bay window overlooking the outside seating the rear are two further seating areas around the central bar, and there is an upstairs function room.

Mike and Suzana took on the pub 4½ years ago, and serve a range of Thwaites beers, usually including Nutty Black, Wainwright and Lancaster Bomber, together with two rotating seasonal beers.

The pub opens from 10am to 11pm every day and food is available 12 to 9pm (4pm Sundays). There are regular food nights – Monday is Czech specialities reflecting Mike and Suzana’s home town Prague, Tuesday is pie night, Fish on Wednesday and burgers Thursday, each with special offers. A traditional roast is available Sundays.

The award will be presented on Tuesday 11 April, and to mark the occasion all cask beers will be reduced to £2.50 from 7pm

Wils Gee