EVERY PUB IN SHEFFIELD ON FOOT No. 3 – Closed Shop, Commonside
It’s Tuesday, I think, and I really ought to be heading home after 3 pints.
But it never works out like that, does it?
And a minute from the Springvale lies a pub that might have actual beer made by artisans.
It was actually the Closed Shop that swung us towards retirement in the summer, with its cosy interior, classic pub food including squid, and a dozen beers.
The Closed Shop is in luck, its small outdoor area supplemented by an unused car park to provide one of the largest outdoor areas in town.
And I still nabbed the last table at 4pm on a damp Tuesday enlivened by the strains of “Mamma Mia“.
I got told off for not standing outside, for the first but not last time in 2021, but regained brownie points by nodding in the right places as the App ordering rules were unveiled.
I started with something vegan, as it’s Sheffield, and got talking to two Professional Pub Men.
One chap lived in the pub, the other one knew every pub in Sheffield. And it wasn’t Will!
So I stayed for another, a Paisley Porter which I immediately regretted but which was inevitable.
And despite not hearing a word either of what the Pub Men said, resenting the plastic glass, and the bitter cold by 6pm, that 5th pint was just wonderful.
Though perhaps not every day.