“TASTES LIKE ONION”

You’ll probably guess my pet hate is people who can’t make an instant decision. I blame choice, no-one had to make a decision when all pubs just served “Bitter” and ready salted.

I even know some people who want to see a menu is a restaurant before ordering ! (it’s my Mum).

Luckily, Will is decisive and says “Kelham Island Tavern ?” as soon as we leave the Wellington.

It’s not really a question, even though I’d always prefer to do something new, and in any case it’s only 5 minutes away so there’s no time for debate.

When I arrived in Sheffield I had a perception that the Tavern was a bit of a beer blokes’ bar, based on a couple of visits when it won National Pub of the Year.

But it certainly isn’t now, if it ever was, and has as diverse a custom as anywhere I’ve been to in Sheffield, a destination for students, young professionals in Kelham, regulars and lone visitors alike. I guess Norwich’s Fat Cat has a similarly broad appeal among the famous beer houses.

Will found the last, and best, table in the main bar, and admired his pint of Blue Bee Triple Hop while I admired the sense of “pub”.

This is the beer I scored NBSS 5 last summer, admitted my fourth pint the day England beat Germany. Brewed by the bloke who runs the pubs, and according to Will every brew is slightly different.

I pretended to be interested while Will discussed “onion notes”, but I was much more focused on his plans to conquer Horbury later.

I’d picked the Two by Two NEIPA I’d enjoyed last week in Whitburn, as much because the chap at the bar told me too as anything. “It’s six (6) per cent” said the nice lady, obviously without the bit in brackets.

Proper murk. We’ve got that as as well as clean looking pints in Sheff, you know.

By 16:30 on a miserable Thursday the Tavern was completely full, and I’d conservatively say they were serving 2 pints a minute. That’s what you get when you serve good beer, fast, in comfortable surroundings.

Even if it does have onion notes.

8 thoughts on ““TASTES LIKE ONION”

  1. Apparently the hop that tastes like onions or garlic (to some people) is called Summit (or summat, as we say in Yorkshire).

    Blue Bee American Five Hop (which alternates on the same pump with Blue Bee Triple Hop) is now on its 52nd iteration, never the same five hops twice, and I’m still hankering after the 43rd (23rd to 25th August last year), which was my beer of the millennium.

    On the whole I like the Triple Hop better, but it gives one less to talk about.

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  2. I agree it’s often preferable to have limited choice. I once went to an Italian restaurant where they just brought out a variety of their recommended dishes and that could all be shared around the table. Much more enjoyable than fretting over a menu with fifty items on it.

    And just one variety of cask bitter would be heaven to me (provided it doesn’t taste of onions!)

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    1. I always think Chinese and Indian restaurants have too much on the menu but I’m rarely disappointed. An Italian bringing out their recommended dishes sounds perfect. There’s a French restaurant in central London that just serves Caesar salad followed by steak and chips.

      I also like a new pub (SALT) in Sheffield that just serves Bao buns and that’s great.

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  3. My first Wetherspoon in a few years and they’ve got this beer lark cracked. Bristling with five (5) handpumps, the local one had just gone, the dark Plum one isn’t on, the Doom isn’t on, leaving the terrible fake Rutland beer, and Greene king IPA. No beers that I actually like is still slightly too much choice though, so I went for the bottled Brewdog, at least it didn’t taste of onion…

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    1. Don’t Corby Spoons all serve Deuchars IPA with a Bells chaser ?

      It’s funny we expect all Wetherspoons to be the same, we don’t expect that from Greene King pubs or Star pubs. But you’re right, anyone expecting a wide choice is in for disappointment. I’ve had good beer in a few recently, mind, and my Grainstore in the Tobie Norris was excellent.

      Onion is better than old sock.

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