The big news in Sheffield tonight is the announcement of the closure of the John Lewis store.
I’m heartbroken; In 1982 I bought a Technics midi-system from John Lewis (aka Robert Sayle,Cambridge) for £295 and obviously NO shop you remember from your youth should EVER be allowed to close (see also : Woolworths, Parrot Records, Blockbusters).
The good news is that Mrs RM will still be able to pick up and then return John Lewis items to Sheffield’s Waitrose on a weekly basis so the earth remains on its axis.
Will has taken the iconic photo and made the iconic map correction on Pubs Galore, but the iconic review of the John Smiths Smooth will have to wait for my visit in May.
This is, excitingly, a virtual cask desert (remember them), far away from the Valley of Beer.
But who could resist the curves of the Merrie M*nk, tucked round the corner from the chippy (untried, but cheap).
Again, photo and map correction from the Hatter, who clearly doesn’t recognise a classic keg pub when he sees it.
But he got a better pic of the Steel Inn before it was ruthlessly converted into a children’s club, leaving just a wall as remembrance.
Mrs RM had a “comfort break” in the Lidl while I searched the crescent of artisan shops for a flat white.
Good street art though. DON’T search for STEFRabit69, Russ.
Let this be the proof that Sheffield is not ALL glorious cask. In fact, I’ve seen more real ale in Corby than Manor.
But could you resist a pub with that “Lounge” sign ? Thought not.