One more new GBG pub in central Sheffield, after a detour into student land and Bear Tree records to buy vinyl a good few quid cheaper than Cambridge.
Mrs RM, I confirmed, was still shoe hunting (why are men so much quicker at shopping ?) so I had time to admire the artwork near the the ongoing building works behind John Lewis, Like Manchester, a lovable mixture of grand, shiny and rundown in a small space.
Sheffield at 5pm on Saturday isn’t much quieter than Piccadilly Gardens, so I annoy shoppers by standing in front of them to take photos and get bashed by Primark bags.
The Head of Steam chain is one of the big winners in recent Beer Guides, with some grand old buildings pulling in a mixed crowd and pumping out some high quality beer.
Like the Leeds branch, this is heaving.
The friendly couple at the bar have interesting looking beers, so I ask them what they are and get detailed tasting notes. Something hoppy, something grapefruity and sour, apparently.
Then I just order the Old Peculier anyway.
No space inside but the outside tables give you a view to the Millennium Galleries and Yorkshire folk drunk on shopping. It’s nearly as lively as a Bedford town pub on Tuesday lunchtime.
A rare sighting of OP, as silky smooth as you could wish, and it slips down too easily (NBSS 3.5). Some folk would tells you this classic beer is Old Hat, of course.
In 1995 Mrs RM drank two pints of OP in half an hour in Hovingham, near Castle Howard, rather scaring my parents. Thought you’d like to know that.
Mrs RM and James have set up camp in the Café Nero opposite the Waterworks, as that venerable Spoons is too busy to get a seat. apparently.
We consult our options for an early tea, and pick this place near James’ digs.
You won’t stumble across it, tucked amongst thee accommodation for foreign language students, but it’s a sensation. A glossy menu with pictures of bird feet, snake heads and wild aubergines, it defeats us completely for £10 a head and provides James with an unlikely breakfast.
They were showing the Chinese version of X Factor. With the sound off. I like that.