I’d love to have added the Traveller’s Rest in Oughtibridge to my “ALL THE PUBS IN SHEFFIELD ON FOOT” series, but part of the journey was the tram ride from Primrose View to the end of the line, so I’d be cheating, and I could NEVER lie to my readers.
Still, it’s a worthwhile hike out of town to a classic keg Sam Smiths boozer in one of Sheffield’s dormitory villages.
Only two things wrong with Sam Smiths pubs, of course. Firstly, you can’t use your phone, so you’ll have to see Michael Slaughters of the heritage interior here.
And as is increasingly the case, the cask has gone. But the stout is wonderful.
The cheery front bar is full at 3.30pm with folk who I realise with dismay are all the same age as me, so I get the gorgeous back lounge to myself, which is both a bit disappointing but a bit of a relief.
What do you do when you can’t use your phone, there’s no=one to talk to and there’s no copies of the Morning Star to read ?
Well, just decide what your second beer is going to be, I guess.
I decide to try the alcohol-free Brown Ale.
The view out back, probably to Rotherham, is rather glorious.
Somehow I doubt this is a Sam Smiths that’s being denied a GBG place for want of an OBB pump, and I doubt cask will improve it. Which leaves the Brown Bear as my best bet for OBB. And I’m saving THAT up for a special occasion.