DOOM BAR IS BACK – NATURE IS HEALING

“EVERY PUB IN SHEFFIELD ON FOOT – No. 2 – The Springvale, Commonside, Sheffield

Day 2 of the Great (semi) Reopening, and I stayed local, cos that’s what the sign on the A630 says.

A week ago I said I’d be headed for the Springvale early doors and as you know I NEVER change my plans.

Particularly when I looked at their Facebook page on Monday night and saw this;

A half mile queue of actual students for a Craft Union pub, and a newly refurbished garden somehow complying with the rules and still looking fun.

What’s more, in 2019 this was the beer range;

Microbrews, Locales, jam jars…..blimey.

Thankfully the pandemic has put paid to all that nonsense. Phew, you’re safe here. Shall I ask for a taster of the Doom Bar, I wonder.

I tipped up at 3.30pm after dropping off Mrs RM’s daily Hermes return package at a petrol station, and thought it might be empty, the Opening Day thrill gone under darkening skies.

But at the top of the stairs I saw that most of the students were back for more £2.20 pints. I counted 20 tables, and by the time I left most a dozen would be occupied.

£2.20 for Doom Bar, anyway. No idea what Staropramen and Guinness and Bulmer are. Worth £2.20 just to hear students attempt to pronounce “Star-O-Pram-Un“, and compare Tony Adams to Lionel Messi and Lewis Graban.

One girl in a Michael J Fox jacket varsity said she was cold and a bloke offered to “knit her a jumper” which I though was sweet. Actually, it wasn’t a girl but 5 months between haircuts takes its toll.

It’s a shame the Springvale isn’t headed for the GBG any time soon (the Doom, possibly the first pulled, was pleasant but with a distinct taste of straw that it seems only I appreciate); BRAPA loves pubs with drunk students shouting “MY NAME’S GEORGE BUT NO ONE CALLS ME THAT“.

The pub is trying to get its ordering App set up so you can peruse the beer menu and decide whether to go for Doom Bar or John Smiths Smooth. At the moment you need to slow your walk across the bar sufficiently to see the pump(s), and I know that’s probably illegal.

So, where’s all this microbrewery cask Sheffield is famous for, then ?

25 thoughts on “DOOM BAR IS BACK – NATURE IS HEALING

      1. I thought you would tip over at this comment: “I had the Baum burger which was very tasty and reasonably priced at £10.95.”

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    1. Rochdale’s not exactly within walking distance of Sheffield, though.

      But thanks for the reminder – haven’t been to the Baum for years.

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      1. We’ll sponsor you to walk it, Will.

        Only been once, when it won National Pub of the year. Good to hear it’s back to its best under those Flying Horse folk.

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  1. I was talking to Ben (the owner) outside the Flyer this morning. They’re doing fine with over 1000 covers so far this week at the Flyer alone. 6 pubs in the portfolio so far including The Baum with a new brewery and pub planned to come online in June/July in the town centre.

    Watch out Timbo, Ben’s after your mantle. :-))

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  2. “Nature is healing” you tell us but too late for most of Stockport’s proper pubs this lunchtime and Sheffield’s over the rest of the weekend.

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    1. LAF,
      Yes, and had it been ‘normal times’ I would probably have got to one or two of Sheffield’s Craft Union pubs this weekend.

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  3. “and I stayed local, cos that’s what the sign on the A630 says.”

    Stay local? I think they were implying you should stick to non-alcoholic drinks; which you did the first day!
    (stay lo cal: i.e. a diet) 🙂

    “and as you know I NEVER change my plans.”

    I was going to say ‘what have you done with the real Martin?’, but then realised the real Martin would say such a think, knowing it’s not true. 😉

    “Particularly when I looked at their Facebook page on Monday night and saw this;”

    Blimey!

    “Microbrews, Locales, jam jars…..blimey.”

    Took the words out of my mouth. 🙂

    “and thought it might be empty, the Opening Day thrill gone under darkening skies.”

    Yikes.

    “I counted 20 tables, and by the time I left most a dozen would be occupied.”

    (slaps forehead) Of course! They all still have to be outside.

    “Worth £2.20 just to hear students attempt to pronounce “Star-O-Pram-Un“, ”

    In English I believe it’s pronounced ‘la-ger’. 😉

    “Actually, it wasn’t a girl but 5 months between haircuts takes its toll.”

    (slow golf clap)

    “(the Doom, possibly the first pulled, was pleasant but with a distinct taste of straw that it seems only I appreciate)”

    You are one of a kind. 😉

    “At the moment you need to slow your walk across the bar sufficiently to see the pump(s),”

    (slow golf clap?) 🙂

    Cheers

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  4. I consider it an article of pride that, of all the thousands of beers I’ve drunk, never once have I tasted Doom Bar!

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      1. I certainly have! Many times. I love it. It pairs delightfully with a bottle of Rochefort 10. Does it go well with that Doom Bar?

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  5. Doom Bar was quite a reasonable pint when it came out. Then it got popular so they built a much bigger brewery and it’s been downhill from there. This was done by Sharp’s so no multinational to blame.

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