FISHING FOR JOHN SMITHS IN WOODBOURNE

It’s snowing again. We MUST be in the North.

Luckily for Mrs RM, this will scupper the walk she promised me we’d make today (and the trip to the Dram Off-Licence, hey-ho).

Talking of Mrs RM, she’s just invested in a weird world travel map to highlight the places she hasn’t been to yet. Note the obligatory murk (probably a Melbourne Dank, beer nerds).

More of that map later.

For now, here’s my trip to the industrial North-East Sheffield, which you’ll be bored of quicker than me.

I’ve marked the tram route from Hillsborough to Meadowhall; as soon as non-essential travel (if you can call pubs non-essential) is allowed I’ll be jumping on trains and trams again.

For now, it’s walks along the Don,

and the Sheffield and Tinsley Canal,oddly calming and reminding me of the mile long walk to the Etihad.

A hive of activity, with cars parked up along every street off the A6178 to the magical Attercliffe.

Brandon Tool Rental, Mister Gearbox, STW (Non Destructive) Ltd, SNA Grinding Services…

And Fishing Republic. That fish looks angry.

Actually, I think Fishing Republic may have moved somewhere more salubrious than Attercliffe, but you’ll be glad to know they’re still open to sell Tutti Frutti flavoured fish bait as that’s essential even though pubs aren’t.

Talking of inessential activity.

The estimable Will Larter visited the Woodbourne Hotel in 2012 to take a photo, but oddly wasn’t tempted in by the John Smiths (on cask or Smooth, we will never know).

We know more about the view of Aristotle on interest in the 4th century BC than we do about a pub that (apparently) closed in the last decade. I blame the parents.

The only real reference I found was in The Oldie;

(Munca wasn’t from) the des-res part of Sheffield, but the ‘grinding, scraping and coughing lungs out’ part- so grinding that their uncle Joseph Vail had drowned himself in the canal after a final drink at the Woodbourne Hotel in 1886.

The Sheffield Forum elicited this response to a 2012 enquiry on its status.;

I daren’t go in.

But there’s reviews on Google from 2020 ! Yes, it may still be open, there may be darts, there be fun, there probably isn’t an Abbeydale beer on.

I’ll meet you there, Will.

Next up, we head to Greenland.

15 thoughts on “FISHING FOR JOHN SMITHS IN WOODBOURNE

    1. Good point, Mark. But it has a John Smiths sign so probably just JS Cask and a cheap beer from Rotherham bought at £55 a barrel. Which sounds great. I’m bemused why Alan never made it here.

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  1. You’re not in The North, it’s just the extreme elevation that makes you think that.
    Exciting to see that your neighbour seems to put up some stillage, when does his beer festival start?
    What does Aristotle say bottle conditioned beer was like in the fourth century?

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  2. Thanks for ‘estimable’!

    I’ve photographed approximately four times as many pubs as I’ve reviewed on Pubs Galore, many of them on expeditions on my bike at times of the day when no pubs are open. My photo of the Woodbourne does seem to show the pub as quite possibly (or potentially) open, but I’m pretty sure I didn’t even give it a nanosecond’s thought. The door was closed and the curtains drawn, too. I hope I’m excused.

    A thread on the Sheffield Forum from 2016 reckons that the pub’s Facebook page became inactive in or shortly after October 2015.

    I reckon your chances of finding John Smiths Cask Bitter at the Woodbourne would have been pretty close to zero. That wouldn’t have stopped Alan Winfield, but I guess he just never got around to doing this part of Sheffield.

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    1. “Estimable” means it’s possible to calculate your NBSS score by looking at you.

      You’re excused; all the references to the Woodbourne suggest it’s either closed or wants you to think it is ! But there are Google reviews (mainly comments on darts) from a year ago.

      Pics from Attercliffe proper coming up; a lot of closures there ;-(

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    2. SH,
      But “The door was closed and the curtains drawn too” doesn’t prove anything.
      T’other Mudgie is best placed to tell us all about a boarded up pub at the back of Stockport railway station that was trading normally. .

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      1. Martin,
        Yes, that’s the one
        ( I should have made it more difficult ! )
        “bit more obviously open of late” if you arrive after 5pm.

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      2. I knew which pub you meant, Paul. One time when I went there it looked like the pub was about to be demolished, with a JCB parked next to it, and lots of rubbish piled up. It was open, of course!

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      3. SH,
        Yes, I think it’s quite a well known pub.
        In London about twenty years ago I mentioned to “the esteemed Mr John Clarke” that the Old Vic was closed when I last went and he told me it was only boarded up, not the same thing.
        Some pubs become Ye Olde Vic to try to attract customers but this one didn’t even bother to reveal its windows..

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  3. Ok, not that it’s not Groundhog Day (i.e. the same day over and over again) I’ll return to posting (but probably still a day behind for a bit):

    “It’s snowing again. We MUST be in the North.”

    But snowfalls are a thing of the past!

    “Luckily for Mrs RM, this will scupper the walk she promised me we’d make today (and the trip to the Dram Off-Licence, hey-ho).”

    Sooo… good news and bad news then. 😉

    “she’s just invested in a weird world travel map to highlight the places she hasn’t been to ye”

    Blimey. What ever happened to globes and atlases?

    “More of that map later.”

    Ah. That puts it into perspective.

    “which you’ll be bored of quicker than me.”

    I have a 9% Belgian style triple; the numbness from the dentist has worn off; my dear wife is asleep… bore away!

    “as soon as non-essential travel (if you can call pubs non-essential) is allowed I’ll be jumping on trains and trams again.”

    So, you can’t just jump on one willy-nilly right now?

    “For now, it’s walks along the Don,”

    And not the one in Russia. 😉

    “That fish looks angry.”

    Perhaps because he’s decked out in Christmas colours?

    “but you’ll be glad to know they’re still open to sell Tutti Frutti flavoured fish bait as that’s essential even though pubs aren’t.”

    The mind boggles.

    “but oddly wasn’t tempted in by the John Smiths (on cask or Smooth, we will never know).”

    Alan Winfield never made it there?

    “I blame the parents.”

    Tsk, tsk. Could be the curriculum?

    “I daren’t go in.“

    Ah, that explains the lack of Alan then. 😉

    “Next up, we head to Greenland.”

    Really! Blimey, you’re right next door to Canada, so to speak. 🙂

    Cheers

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