A short post on the rest of Tuesday’s return to the Valley of Beer, which proved a few points;
- You can get high quality beer in pubs on a Tuesday afternoon
- CAMRA get 92.7% of their Beer Guide selections right
- Sheffield is a wise choice for your University
- That orange scarf suits Simon
The last of those may be most subject to debate.
Next stop was the Kelham Island Tavern, which some of you may have heard of. In the 2000s it won “Best Pipers Crisps Outlet” two years in a row. The certificates are still on the wall, and rightly so.
It’s another gorgeous multi-roomer, with proper bench seating, beer mats, and professional drinkers at 3pm midweek.
Another great place for #PubMen to talk about the remotest pub* we’d been to, the status of the Cooper’s Tavern and other “stuff” only Richard will remember.
Last time here I had a half of Nutty Black (don’t ask); this time I was definitely going for something hoppy and local.
“Ugh, who’d have that Jamaican Stout with rum in it ?” said Richard.
So I had the Jamaican Stout from That Leyton. It was cool and magnificent, NBSS 4.5 if I’m honest.
Richard enjoyed a lengthy conversation in Yorkish with the landlord, a jolly man.
Another pub as good as it ever was. As was this one;
I scored The Shakespeare highly for beer when it reopened 5 years ago, and just as highly now. Astonishingly, it was also as busy as the Fat Cat and the Kelham, which is quite a shock when you’re used to being the only customer in a pub at 4pm.
I think we all had the “new” Barnsley Bitter, which showed you just how a good a beer you can get for £2.50 these days (NBSS 4). I think this discovery prompted some rare nostalgic memories of the Strawberry in Anfield, run by much missed Oakwell brewery.
Simon missed the upstairs music room, which features 3 classics from Pub Curmudgeon’s collection. Perhaps.
Top pub clock too.
And so back to the station and the SheffieldTap. Not my sort of place, far too many beers on etc. etc.
But finding a table dead on 5pm cheered us up, and you can’t deny it’s an attractive place, even if folk are brushing past you all the time looking for the loo.
Opinion on the Bristol Beer Factory varied, but I reckoned it better than 80% of the ale I’ve had in the last month (NBSS 3.5).
My notes are a little hazy at this point. I wish they’d said “STOP NOW. DON’T GO TO THE RUTLAND“. But there you go.
Finally, here’s a sneak preview of Richard’s notes. Hope they’re not as controversial as the notes Dick and Dave took last year.
*Have a guess. Go on.