Obviously Will is my top drinking companion in Sheffield, but on those occasions when the Sheffield Hatter is otherwise engaged on his day job taking photos for Pubs Galore I’ll often persuade Mrs RM out on a tour of the fine hostelries in Kelham Island. It’s possible you might have heard of some of them.
Heist has been an occasional treat since opening last year;
occasional because it’s easy to get carried away by the high strength beers,
and calorific burgers. But hey, it’s Friday (in early August, keep up), the end of a busy working week for one of us.
Mrs RM texted James “Fancy a beer and burger at Heist ?” and, bless him, 12 minutes later he’d bounded down the hill (it’s ALL hills in Sheff) to join us on the trestle tables.
“Will you sell me a pint of the 10.4% Imperial Stout ?” I asked the barman.
Perhaps if it had been Mrs RM the answer would have been “No, it’s too strong for you love“, but I just got “Sure“.
Sometime the very worst decisions are the very best ones.
We lolloped on through Kelham and notice a bran’ new venture that had opened without telling us.
Neepsend Social Club had a lovely relaxed, non-hipster feel (unless Depeche Mode’s “Enjoy the Silence” is hipster), pool and some good keg from Polly’s.
Not ones to linger, we ploughed on into town and veered suddenly into the Harlequin, almost leading Mrs RM into the River Don.
A Retired Martin Top 100 pub, no less, we actually had halves here, no idea how that happened.
My notes say “They’re not otters or meerkat they’re jazz musicians”.
Clearly the imperial stout was taking effect, and we unwisely finished the night in the best pub in England, according to no-one.
Actually, the Bankers Draft is a classic rough-and-tumble Spoons with a decent beer range.
Bradfield’s Blueberry Ale matches extremely well with the salted caramel pudding.
Particularly when you remember the 50p CAMRA voucher.
A great night. I think.