ALL THE PUBS IN SHEFFIELD ON FOOT WALKS ROUND THE CORNER

I know you’re desperate to hear my views on the European Super League this morning. Tough.

Who cares ? I don’t. Read Life After Football; he knows best.

Based on the poll on Blue Moon,

a whopping 5% of City fans think it’s a great idea, which is good enough for me. Throw in a pint of Cloudwater on cask at half-time for the Colin Bell Stand and I’m sold.

My own idea was a breakaway league purely made up of clubs with “City” in their name and good pubs. Chichester, Birmingham, Derry, Edinburgh, Kansas. Shame Hull became the Tigers….

Anyway, back to FAR more important matters.

ALL THE PUBS IN SHEFFIELD ON FOOT No. 6 – The Raven

None of you noted my local pub numbering system went awry on Day 2, but now I’m back on track.

You’ll remember my frustration at not being able to get in my local pubs when we moved to Sheffield, and my excitement at the number of boozers with a five minute walk.

Oddly, we STILL haven’t made it to the Blind Monkey, which I mark as “Home” on my maps, though look at the map above and you’ll see our actual house marked as “Melt With Me“, which is an odd name for a pub.

Mrs RM attempted to pop in for a Pale and Pizza on Tuesday, but it seems some Walkley folk insist on booking pubs, which as you’ll know is up there with tasters and beastiality on my list of No-Nos.

No such issues at The Raven, finally opening its doors at 15:00 on Thursday.

We tipped up at 14:58, told Sheffield Hatter to join us, and tried to take a photo of the handpumps while walking.
It’s difficult to take photos while walking, which is an issue Mr Johnson and Mr Starmer should be addressing rather than pontificating on “the people’s game” or whatever.

Look at her go.

Oh, what’s that writing on the wall ?; hope it’s not inspirational stuff about drowning your sorrows or summat. I’ll have to wait for May 17th to find out.

Loxley Brewery from up the hill (everywhere in Sheffield is up the hill) only took on the Palm Tree on a few months before the Lockdown and called it The Raven as there were too many pubs called “Something Monkey” already and they wanted people to get it mixed up with The Crow.

It was our first visit, and therefore a certain pre-emptive tick as the Bitter and IPA (they’re not called that, obvs) were superbly cool and crisp (NBSS 3.5+). Mrs RM said so.

Our beer arrived at 15:02, by 15:06 Sheffield Hatter had sprinted up the hill from the Fat Cat and by 15:10 ALL fifteen tables were taken, a queue forming back to Freedom Road recycling centre. Blokes were ordering two pints at a time, always a good sign.

The Raven looks a cosy gem, so obviously it’s a bit second-best to be drinking on one of 15 tables arrayed in a car park, but the beer and company and attentive (am I allowed to say that ?) table service was compensation.

And frankly, with the sun shining on the righteous (can’t speak for Mrs RM) as it always does, I can’t think of anything better.

We were there two hours, and I suspect drank too much. But someone has to save pubs.

11 thoughts on “ALL THE PUBS IN SHEFFIELD ON FOOT WALKS ROUND THE CORNER

  1. Loving the new “adventures of Retired Martin up north and free again”

    Good to see your wingman/woman is keeping you on the straightish and narrowish…..

    It is to my eternal shame that I have never looked at Life After Football’s blog – thanks for the nudge – it was insightful re footie and properly funny as well. A blogging super league – what’s not to like about that. Cheers 🙂

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  2. It was good to see you and Christine in the car park, sorry beer garden, and the beer was very good too. It’s a pity they don’t open in the early part of the week.

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  3. It is great that the pubs are open and to see pics of delicious looking pints. It should also relieve the stress from the UK Garden Gnome shortage!

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  4. “Read Life After Football; he knows best.”

    Will do. Although, not so much for the ESL thingy. 🙂

    “My own idea was a breakaway league purely made up of clubs with “City” in their name and good pubs. ”

    You forgot Bristol. 😉
    (goes for a lie down)

    “None of you noted my local pub numbering system went awry on Day 2”

    I thought it was due to all the cask being gone.

    “though look at the map above and you’ll see our actual house marked as “Melt With Me“, which is an odd name for a pub.”

    Is that the Melt With Me (delivery) or the Melt With Me (candle shop)?

    “which as you’ll know is up there with tasters and beastiality on my list of No-Nos.”

    And… beer glasses with handles?

    “and tried to take a photo of the handpumps while walking.”

    Tricky that.

    “It’s difficult to take photos while walking,”

    🙂

    “Look at her go.”

    A woman on a mission!

    “Loxley Brewery from up the hill (everywhere in Sheffield is up the hill) only took on the Palm Tree on a few months before the Lockdown ”

    I think one of those two ‘on’s can begone.

    “and called it The Raven as there were too many pubs called “Something Monkey” already and they wanted people to get it mixed up with The Crow.”

    Makes sense. Only one pub to get mixed up with instead of a plethora of monkeys.

    “Our beer arrived at 15:02, by 15:06 Sheffield Hatter had sprinted up the hill from the Fat Cat and by 15:10 ALL fifteen tables were taken, a queue forming back to Freedom Road recycling centre.”

    Blimey!

    “and attentive (am I allowed to say that ?) table service ”

    Certainly! Beats Si’s 20 minute wait for a pint at the Station in Blaxton.

    “We were there two hours, and I suspect drank too much. But someone has to save pubs.”

    That’s usually a byproduct of good beer and good company. 🙂

    Cheers

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