HANDSWORTH – THE HOLY GRAIL OF SHEFFIELD SUBURBAN PUB-TICKING

In four days time, God willing, I will be in a pub. Perhaps even in esteemed company.

Only a few more of this pointless exploration of Sheffield’s eastern suburbs with their loveably scruffy pubs and artisan litter.

I thought I’d heard of Handsworth, best described as Darnall‘s non-ethnically diverse neighbour.

But that’s Handsworth, Brum, which IS ethnically diverse, or was last time I went there.

The South Yorkshire version is neat and trim and a bit dull (sorry if you live there).

But a quick look at the OS shows some nice contours and some exciting walking alongside the A630. And who wouldn’t want that on a Sunday ?
Look closely and see Orgreave of “Coal not Dole” fame, which deserves its own visit, as does the place just west.

Handsworth is home to McDonalds, a tattoo parlour called Thee Original Sin, and a Hungry Horse.

These Hungry Horses look more appealing by the day, don’t they ?

Across the road is a dead Tetley house (“Converted into a day nursery sometime between 2008 and 2011” says the pleasingly non-specific What Pub.

My walk is dull but notably litter-free (compared to Darnall and Brightside; draw your own conclusions).

A week later I could have enjoyed Pedigree in the Marston’s new build over the train track in new build Waverley. Will we ever again feel so passionately about Marston diners ?

Back into the Handsworth suburbs for a gorgeous looking estate pub named after the double glazing company that sold a record 337 windows here in 1937.

I’ll be honest, I was going through the motions now, almost tempted by a kebab till I remembered I needed to be in tip-top shape next Monday.

And then, a few yards from where I’d parked, TWO classic looking boozers.

Kelham Island in the Old Crown,

and Chantry in the Chantry, outside which sat some moody looking teenagers denying me even a surreptitious photo.

Beautifully located in the church yard, it MUST be a bet for the GBG. Chantry never let you down, so they ?

No, I didn’t take those abandoned trainers home as a present for Mrs RM.

10 thoughts on “HANDSWORTH – THE HOLY GRAIL OF SHEFFIELD SUBURBAN PUB-TICKING

  1. “In four days time, God willing, I will be in a pub.”

    Or at least in the wine garden thereof. 😉

    “with their loveably scruffy pubs and artisan litter.”

    I’m always curious as to how one shoe gets left behind as it were.

    “best described as Darnall‘s non-ethnically diverse neighbour.”

    So… diverse as in height or weight or income?

    “But a quick look at the OS shows some nice contours”

    And very dull names. So you’re ‘dull’ comment was correct. 😉

    “These Hungry Horses look more appealing by the day, don’t they ?”

    Yup. Ye Olde “don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone” syndrome.

    “My walk is dull ”

    Aha!

    “Will we ever again feel so passionately about Marston diners ?”

    That will depend on how the lockdown actually lifts I assume.

    “named after the double glazing company that sold a record 337 windows here in 1937”

    That’s only because no one at that time knew that Global Warming would soon be all the rage. 😉

    “Kelham Island in the Old Crown,”

    Oooh. Nice!

    “No, I didn’t take those abandoned trainers home as a present for Mrs RM.”

    Wait… there were two of them?

    Cheers

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      1. Good point.

        Or, she could wear mismatched ones?

        Or, as they are called trainers, she can train one leg to be really, really good! 🙂

        Cheers

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  2. I need to take a photo of the Winter Green for Pubs Galore, and I haven’t been in the Chantry since the brewery took it over. Actually, I’ve got a feeling that I didn’t go in when it was the Cross Keys either, and I can’t find any record of having been to the Old Crown for that matter.

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  3. As to this: “Will we ever again feel so passionately about Marston diners?” –Knowing human nature, within a week we’ll all be back to noisily complaining about all these things we’ve been longing for over the past year.

    Four days, now– can’t wait to read of your first time back in the pubs. On that day at least, everyone ought to be in a very celebratory mood!

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    1. You’re right Mark, we’ll sneer at their sameyness and corporate stylings as soon as indoor openings return 5 weeks later (hopefully). To be fair, they’re about as exciting as Dennys, perhaps less.

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  4. Until now I thought Birmingham had a monopoly on Handsworths.
    The Winter Green looks just like Marstons’s new build Knot and Plough near me. I expect the Pedigree will be drinking well next week.

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