“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.
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 ?