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The Albion, London Road

Stancill Brewery has confirmed the Albion will officially re-open its doors on Friday 28 July following an extensive refurbishment of the historic pub.

Since receiving the keys to the building, which has been serving the people of Sheffield since the 1830s, Stancill has undertaken an extensive refurbishment of the interior, as well as overhauling The Albion’s large beer garden.

Twenty new beer lines have been added to the bar which has ten hand pumps which will feature five Stancill ales as well as a changing selection of guest beers. Complementing the beer range, The Albion will stock a rotating selection of world beers.

The refurbished bar pays homage to Sheffield’s industrial past in its styling and will feature artwork from local artists on the walls. CAMRA members can benefit from a 50p discount on all real ales sold within the bar as well as being able to take away your favourite beers to enjoy at home.ALBIONBRANDSMALL

The new venue will be managed by Stancill’s experienced pubs manager Katy Streets (pictured) and will offer a greater choice and variety of beers for the London Road area of the city.

Thomas Gill, Managing Director of Stancill Brewery said: “The Albion is a pub which is something of a sleeping giant and when we were offered the chance to acquire it, we felt it would be a good fit with our future growth plans. We wanted to create a slightly different drinking environment from our existing pubs, reflecting its location whilst also offering something genuinely different to London Road and we look forward to giving a warm welcome to CAMRA members who can enjoy similar benefits to those found in our existing pubs.”

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A Grand Festival Day Out

The purpose of this month’s trip was to sample 3 previously unattended beer festivals in the Nuneaton and Leicester areas.

A sunny and quite warm Saturday morning allowed for a nice steady trip to Nuneaton via Leicester and a leisurely stroll around Nuneaton open market before the noon opening of the 5th Nuneaton and Bedworth Camra Beer Festival in the wonderfully air conditioned Co-Operative Hall in the city centre.  A fairly small affair but with plenty of seating and with around 30 beers on stillage. I sampled Church Farm IPA (5%), Stewart Brewing 80/- (4.4%), Byatts West Coast Baby (4.6%) and Charnwood Blue Fox (4.2%).

Mention must be made here of the excellent hot dog sausages served with cooked and fairly hot red chillies. Whilst here the nearby Lord Hop (a CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2017 entry) micro pub was awarded its Warwickshire Pub of the year certificate.  Being only 50 yards from the festival venue I popped in on the way back to the station and had a half of Falstaff Curse of Omen Mild (3.8%).

Changing trains back in Leicester was required for the seven-minute journey to Syston and the festival at the Syston & District Social Club, which is about a 10/15 walk from the station.  A stillage had been set up in a room at the back of the pub and one of the beers sampled here was 4T’s One Man 2 Sticks at 4.7%, recently brewed as a celebration of the life of Peter Collins.  Other ales sampled were Shakespeares Bard’s Best (4.2%), Buntingford Templar Gold (4.5%), Church End Gottle O’ Geer (4.2%) and AJ Ales IPA (4.6%).

Catching the hourly service back to Leicester and a first visit to The Exchange for some Framework Centennial Wheat Beer (4.6%). After this a short walk brought me to the third festival of the day at the Broood (which is a sister pub to one of the same name in nearby Hinckley).  Here too a stillage had been set up in the pub, from which I sampled Hubsters Hop on the Good Foot (3.8%) and Greenodd Caskade (4.5%).

On arrival back in Sheffield the final drink on what had been a very hot day was in the regular Queens Head where I sampled Thwaites Once Bitten, Twice Shy coconut pale ale (3.8%).

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NorFolk Festival

On 29-30 July 2017, the Norfolk Arms over in Grenoside will be hosting their first ever NorFolk Fest, bringing the best in live music, craft stalls, children’s activities, lots of gin and an epic beer line-up. Since Stancill Brewery have taken over the site in October they have received much support from the community during other events such as their beer and cheese pairing evening, gin tasting events and Eurovision parties.

NorFolk Fest is a celebration of the talent within the local area and a massive welcome to the summer months in the glorious beer garden. Nether Edge Pizza Company, Mussel Pot and Caribbean Fusion will be there all weekend helping to soak up the beer. There’s also a bouncy castle for the kids so it’s guaranteed fun for all the family.

“We have sourced over 30 beers from Sheffield breweries and gone a little further afield to bring Grenoside a taster of the great beers that are now available in and around the UK. We have made sure there is something for everyone with red ales, porters and IPAs, and even a few special guest kegs. We’re also expanding our gin range as our extensive menu has become a firm favourite of our guests”, said Hayley McPhie, the pub manager. But it’s not just for the locals; buses run directly to the front door from the city centre, Abbeydale Road, Chapeltown, Hillsborough, High Green and Kelham Island.

Festival glassware and programmes have been made specially for the event and CAMRA members will receive a special discount on presentation of their membership card.
For the full menu of beers and gins and final line up of bands please follow the event on Facebook: NorfolkarmsS35 or follow updates as they happen on Twitter: @norfolkarmsS35.

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Palm Tree, Walkley

Just in time for Midsummer’s Day, the revamped beer garden at the Palm Tree at Walkley had its official opening. Sheffield Outdoor Living have changed the small sheltered area into a wonderful decked area with an outside bar and a children’s play area including a sand pit.

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The pub has free snooker on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and an open mic night on Thursday. Different events are planned throughout the summer, including some for charity, with live music at weekends. Tetley’s Bitter and Bradfield Farmer’s Blonde are the two regular real ales.

John Beardshaw

The Palm Tree is located at 35 Palm Street, Walkley, S6 2XF. Buses 31, 31a and 95 all stop on South Road, a couple of minutes’ walk from the pub.


Cherry Tree, Millhouses

The Cherry Tree on Carter Knowle Road has held three major music events over the last month.  Well known Sheffield band Jack’s Rake performed at two: the annual staff party for St Luke’s Nursing Home and ‘Music Sunday’, which now takes place the first Sunday in every month. Due to holidays, the next event will be on August Bank Holiday Sunday, when a full BBQ will be available. Although the pub currently does not have the ability to serve food, outside catering has been brought in for each event. Big audiences have attended them all and the atmosphere has been vibrant and fun.

Meanwhile, the Cherry Tree/Co-op planning application saga rolls on. At the recent Sheffield planning committee meeting, councilors voted 10-0 in favour of keeping the pub and backing the planning officer’s decision to refuse the application. A big thank you to all those who took the time to visit the Sheffield planning portal and post your comments. The Co-op have appealed to the Secretary of State regarding planning issue, so this will now be decided by committee in Bristol, which takes two months. The value of the ACV status gained by the Cherry Tree in potentially protecting it from the planning application is now all the more obvious by the fact that Enterprise have chosen to ask Sheffield City Council for a review of the decision to award the ACV status.

Ashley Ramsey

The Cherry Tree is on Carter Knowle Avenue, Millhouses, S11 9FU. The number 6 bus serves the road regularly.

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Wharncliffe Arms, Wharncliffe Side

Running this lovely, local country pub is myself, Dave. This is the second time I’ve run this little pub, the first time being around nine years ago. I started out at the young age of 18 working for Ward’s Brewery in Sheffield, which gave me my love for real ale.

I took the Arms back on in January 2015 working as a manager for somebody else, but it soon turned out that it wasn’t for him and wanted to leave. It then became apparant that the place was going to shut and get boarded up, which I couldn’t let happen as it’s been my local in one way or another for around 15 years, so I took on my own lease in April 2015.

In that time we have redecorated twice and increased the cask ale range from one to now six cask ale pumps. We stock a huge range of real ale with the regulars being Bradfield Farmer’s Brown Cow and Robinson’s Dizzy Blonde. The rest are made up from a range of breweries from local ones like Bradfield, to Cross Bay in Morecambe and Maxim in Sunderland. We have a strong relationship with Robinson’s brewery, who have been really supportive in helping this little pub grow and for which I’m grateful.

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As well as the beer, we have a great range of other things going on. We hold bingo nights on a Mondaywhere every penny is paid back out in prizes. We also do a quiz night on a Wednesday which has proven to be very popular, with a gallon of beer given away every week. Alongside that we run “The Golden Cap”, which is basically a bag of bottle caps with one being gold. Pick the golden one and you’ve won the jackpot, which was £1000 the last time it was won.

We hold a brilliant folk session on the last Thursday of each month, which is run by the Fates group and is proving highly popular.  Every Saturday night we have a live singer which ranges from a five piece band to some brilliant solo acts, we also do karaoke once a month just to break it up a little.

On a Friday tea time we serve our home made gourmet burgers, including our now famous Wharncliffe Whopper (try it if you dare!). We also have a lovely riverside beer garden with swings and a slide for kids to play on.

Coming up on Sunday 27 August from 1-7pm we have a special one-off live music festival in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, featuring Tony Walsh, Amy Carnall, Stevie Moore, Shades of Vinnie and more plus an outside bar and food. Please come along and support this great cause!

Dave Briggs

You can find the Wharncliffe Arms at 72 Main Road, Wharncliffe Side, Sheffield, S35 0DN. The number 57 bus from the city centre stops almost directly outside the pub, as does the SL1 Supertram link bus from Middlewood.

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The Harlequin, Kelham Island

The Harlequin is delighted to have been shortlisted once again as a national finalist in the Great British Pub Awards. The pub is one of six venues across the country to have been shortlisted in the best cider bar/pub category. Judging for the final round is taking place over the summer, with the results announced at an awards ceremony in September.

Landlady Liz Aspden said: “we’re up against some excellent and well established cider bars, and for a back-street pub in sheffield to have been shortlisted for the second year running is testament to our excellent selection of ciders and perries, and to the enthusiasm and hard work of the staff”. The pub stocks a minimum of 25 ciders alongside an excellent range of beers and spirits, so you’re sure to find something to suit your tastes.The-Great-British-Pub-Awards_brand_big-ConvertImage (002)

Speaking of tastes, The Harlequin is busy arranging a programme of tasting events over the summer. These popular and informative events can focus on beers, ciders, or spirits and start from just £15 per person for beer or cider, and from just £22 per person for spirits. All prices include drinks, snacks, and a talk about the history and development of the drinks. Tailored sessions are available on request for groups of six people or more; please contact the pub for additional details or to make bookings.

Our live bands for August are as follows:

Saturday 5 August – Rooster

Thursday 10 August – Jazz and Swing night with Ralph Salt

Friday 11 August – Deep in the Top

Saturday 12 August – Slingshots

Saturday 19 August – Blues Train

Inn Brief

Firstly, we would like to say a massive thank you to Duncan Shaw at the Fat Cat for taking the delivery of July’s Beer Matters at very short notice!

Punch Taverns are looking for a new manager for the Old Crown Inn on London Road.

Our Pub of the Month winners for May, the University Arms, have announced they will soon be offering a 10p per pint discount for CAMRA members on all real ales.

Two buyers are in negotiations over the Boardwalk, with suggestions that the city-centre venue could reopen as two separate licensed premises by the end of the year.

The Stone & Taps on Glossop Road is currently closed, less than six months after it opened.

The Three Tuns has been taken over by Shaun Price, initially on a three-month lease to gauge its viability. Food will be served on weekday lunchtimes.

A planning application has been made to convert the Something Special gift shop in Woodseats into a micro pub.

The Bull’s Head at Ranmoor is still being run by a temporary manager. There have been three applicants wishing to take on the tenancy, one of whom is planning a conversion into a gastropub.

Paul and Jimmy who ran the Old Grindstone in Crookes have departed the pub.

The Noah’s Ark in Crookes is currently being looked after by a relief manager following the departure of the landlord.

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Portland House, Ecclesall Road

In the heart of Sheffield’s Ecclesall Road you’ll stumble across one of Sheffield’s first microbars and one if its best kept secrets, Portland House.  With its stylish yet minimalist interior, the bar is popular amongst locals and Sheffield’s real ale lovers, due to its wide range of hand-pulls and craft beers.

Being the first in Welbeck Abbey Brewery’s portfolio of pubs, the bar dedicates at least four of their hand-pulls to Welbeck, alongside other featured guest beers and ciders, and CAMRA members can enjoy 10% off beer orders. For something a bit stronger they stock and rotate a small but considerately selected range of spirits provided by StarmoreBoss on Sharrow Vale Road. They’ve also paired up with Le Bon Vin, a family run Sheffield wine merchants, and together they have selected a delicious range of wines available by the glass or bottle.

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It’s not all about the booze though, so if you’re after something mellower you’ll find Sheffield’s own Birdhouse Tea Co or Cafeology coffee available at the bar. Both go perfectly with a slice of fruit cake provided by Tipple Tails, a Sheffield based company who make award-winning traditional fruit cakes with locally sourced ingredients. The bar is dedicated to using local suppliers for all of their products, and even serve up their own style of ‘Northern Tapas’ with their cheeses, pies and chutneys all coming from local suppliers.

The bar also hosts a range of speciality evenings from gin tasting to beer and cheese pairings, which is always held in conjunction with local suppliers and showcases their  passion for their products. It’s a great place to relax and watch the world go by, and you may even bump into a local celebrity or two as the bar is often frequented by members of the Arctic Monkeys!

Portland House is located at 286 Ecclesall Road and is open six days a week (closed Mondays). Buses 65, 81, 82, 83, 88 and 272 all stop nearby.

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Champs, Ecclesall Road

The team at Champs Sports Bar is celebrating again after being shortlisted as a national finalist in the Great British Pub Awards for the third year running.

Licensee Danny Grayson has been recognized as one of only six finalists in the Best Sports Bar categories and will go on to compete in the national awards which take place in London in September.

Champs Sports Bar is the only sports bar that has been recognized in the North of England with the other 5 finalist coming from Wales, London and the Midlands.

Champs on Ecclesall Road opened in August 2012 following a £500,000 joint investment with Punch Taverns, which transformed the former Pomona into a cool and contemporary sports bar. With 31 large TV screens showing high profile sports all day every day, from Premiership football matches to horse racing and superbikes, Champs is a sports lover’s dream.

The modern and welcoming interior, complete with a wide range of sporting memorabilia including a full-size motorbike gives it a real edge over other venues.

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Danny said: “I could see the potential with Champs and its history on Ecclesall Road dating back to 1996, Champs Sports Bar taps into our fascination with sports and thanks to a creative approach and a focus on standards, we’ve created a winning concept.”

The sports interior is complemented with a strong food and drink offer, based on good quality and value for money. With a striking American grill theme, the menu includes favourites from ribs and burgers to pizzas. All of the bar’s food is from local suppliers and cooked fresh on the premises.

Commenting on the recognition, Danny said: “The team have worked extremely hard to create this successful venue. It’s not just about the sports; it’s about the staff, all of whom are highly motivated and passionate about customer care and it’s all about excellent customer service too.”