JOHN PEEL AND OLIVE IN THE CUTLERS

More aimless walks from home with the sole objective of seeing SOMETHING I haven’t seen before. I’m easily pleased.

This walk brought a host of delights in the area around Sheffield Hallam University, including what looks an artwork of John Peel drinking a pint next to an olive in the Cutlers Arms. Am I right ? I am, sometimes.

I actually start in the area of west Sheffield (the posh bit) known as Hallam but appropriated by the city’s second Uni, the Uni famous for Nick Park.

My usual route via the side streets of Kelham Island (equally ill-defined) takes me past the Shakespeare, which would have made a great “Guess the Pub” but I’ve spoilt it now.

Central Sheffield is deserted, bar the Chinese students who stayed on in the smart residences near the Crow and a pleasing numbers of workmen in hard hats.

I’ve high hope that Sheff will Bounce Back Better, or whatever the latest inane 3 word slogan is. Shame the Tap & Tankard escaped my attention before the “revitalisation” of Cambridge St/Covid did for it.

And here’s your proof, from the main drag through Arundel Gate (home to our overworked Solicitor), that the streets are dead.

I used WhatPub to tell me the nearest cask outlet. You’ll know this one;

And then I was in studentsville. Without the students.

What is this Se(l)lers Wheel ?

Gosh, it’s more student accommodation.

And students need pubs. Let’s explore them.

(Later, just being kicked out of my own house by carpet man. Again).

22 thoughts on “JOHN PEEL AND OLIVE IN THE CUTLERS

  1. I am not generally a fan of urban decay but I am enjoying your photos -so sad to see buildings closed & neglected but I suppose that is just normal anywhere really -things move on.Particularly sad to see huge,ornate pubs shuttered up -forever probably

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      1. “I’m a Brindisi man”

        Good lord man! Spent two days there (unexpectedly) as I mis-timed the ferry to Greece, that only went every other day back in the 80s!

        Cheers

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      2. “Brindisi” is also the Italian for “toast”.

        However, if at breakfast you fancy some, and ask the waiter “Brindisi per piacere”, then he might clap his hands, and invite the room to stand and to raise their glasses.

        It’s an easy mistake to make.

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  2. The Tap & Tankard was previously yet another Sportsman, a rock music bar, but when the regeneration threatened they moved around the other side of Cole Brothers (John Lewis) to become the Yorkshireman Rock Bar: https://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/43470/. Confused? You will be. At this point, because of a delay (or possibly even a rethink) in the demolition of Cambridge Street, Kelham Island Brewery/Fat Cat were offerred the vacant premises on a peppercorn rent and reopened the former Sportsman as the Tap & Tankard. When the low/non-existent rent period espired, they closed down. You can probably find a more accurate version of this online. The Tap & Tankard was, for a couple of years, quite a decent, well-run real ale pub right in the centre of town.

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  3. “JOHN PEEL AND OLIVE IN THE CUTLERS”

    Ok, in the photo below, the fellow with the fancy drink has an olive for a head. So, why doesn’t the fellow with a beer have an, um, yeast (infection) for a head?

    “with the sole objective of seeing SOMETHING I haven’t seen before”

    Bend over and hold a mirror to your bum. 😉

    “including what looks an artwork of John Peel drinking a pint next to an olive in the Cutlers Arms”

    As I said above… 🙂

    “takes me past the Shakespeare, which would have made a great “Guess the Pub” but I’ve spoilt it now.”

    Cor. I’d love to nick that window and somehow put it in my man shed/pub.

    “bar the Chinese students who stayed on in the smart residences near the Crow and a pleasing numbers of workmen in hard hats”

    I’m envisioning Chinese students sitting on the hard hats of workmen. 😉

    “or whatever the latest inane 3 word slogan is.”

    Nothing can top ‘pint of bitter’.

    “Shame the Tap & Tankard escaped my attention before the “revitalisation” of Cambridge St/Covid did for it.”

    What’s the circular things in the windows again?

    “from the main drag through Arundel Gate”

    Arundel. Love that name. Had the board game ‘Kingmaker’ by Avalon Hill way back when (set in the War of the Roses). I always wanted to be House Arundel when I played.

    “And students need pubs. Let’s explore them.”

    Not just bloody students!

    “(Later, just being kicked out of my own house by carpet man. Again).”

    I say! Is that a version of the pool boy or the pizza delivery guy? 😉

    Cheers

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  4. The poster mystifies me – doesn’t take much – as a Cutler’s Arms is or was a live music venue in Rotherham just over the way.

    It doesn’t look that much like the late John Peel to me, but do you have any other reason to mention him in connection with the place?

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