28th September 2022.

You left me at the entrance of Sheffield’s second shopping centre,

having had an average pint of Wainwright in an average Marston’s dining pub.

Having spent the best part of a fiver on an all-day tram ticket, I’d better make it worthwhile by doing some shopping in Crystal Peaks, I suppose.

Oh, don’t be daft. What could a man who has completed the Good Beer Guide possibly want ? I’ve enough pink markers to last me till Doomsday and I’m NEVER buying smart clothes again.

How about another pub ?

How about a nice pint of Greene King IPA in a giant Hungry Horse ?

The most exciting thing about this was the chicken run across the dual carriageway. Retail parks aren’t designed for pedestrians.

Sadly, the Gypsy Queen (again, packed with OAPs) had Barry White and handpumps but no cask, so you’ll have to wait a while for those crucial NBSS scores for IPA and Abbot.

Never mind, another three roads crossed, and a clamber across wasteland brings you to the new Spoons.

Rumours of the demise of Wetherspoons have been greatly exaggerated based on my recent experience.

The Scarsdale Hundred was packed on a mid-week mid-afternoon; bloke in denim with Saxon badges setting up a “big sesh tomorrow“, Hi-Vis, youngsters (under 57), babies and gentlefolk.

I secured the last high table by dumping my coat, and surveyed the pumps.

Well, obviously I didn’t. The Doom Bar was off (tragedy) so it was a £1.49 (pre voucher) Greene King IPA.

More tragedy, as I realised I’d left my CAMRA vouchers at home, so failed to bring the pint down to that crucial pound a pint level that cask needs to survive.

I cannot lie, the IPA was a bit of a disappointment, with a touch of sharpness (NBSS 2.5/3). But I expect if we raise the price to a fiver that it will magically improve. There was a decent amount of cask being drunk, but then this is Sheffield.

Two pints is plenty, but no trip to east Sheffield is complete without a Tim Hortons.

Beighton feels a bit like east Birmingham, all cars and drive-thrus (ugh), so obviously I become the first ever (EVER) person to walk into a Tim. I’ve seen worse signs on pubs in Beaconsfield.

A giant and spotlessly clean place (contrast here), with one other customer working on a laptop, and the continual beep of drive-thru orders for soundtrack. I chat to a young chap who’s applying super glue to the cookie cabinet, which are words I didn’t expect to be using in 2022.

I determine to only drink the black coffee (pretty good) and save all the Timbits for Mrs RM.

Today’s quiz question. How many of those ten (10) survived the trip back to Walkley ?

And for a bonus point. What does this graffiti on the tram stop mean ?


  1. I’m sure that all Hungry Horses look the same but not sure why -we had my father in laws wake at one -it was near to the Crematorium so it was doing well midweek -there was even a small fire (a carpet (!) which livened things up a bit. Never heard of a timbit -a local speciality perhaps ?

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    1. I think timbits (mini donuts) are what Tim Horton is famous for.
      I’m sure some Hungry Horses are actually pubs with a bit of character. In Cambridge the Milton Arms was a decent boozer before it became a diner for folk who wanted a mountain of (flabby) chips.


    2. “all Hungry Horses look the same” but I don’t know if they are. The Stafford one, the Kings Horse, has a games area with pool tables so it’s not only a family dining pub.

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