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I remember this when it was a Wards' pub, and in some ways it's changed surprisingly little.

I think the comments here are generally fair.

I've had some good pints of local brew of an evening, and decent lunches in the warm sunny conservatory too.

It's the best in the immediate vicinity, I'd say.
eddybeer - 16 Feb 2013 20:47
Popped in for a quick one and was not disappointed.
Wish I could have stayed longer.
vladtheimbiber - 22 Nov 2012 19:29
Decent pub, well kept cask ales.
alexw - 27 Aug 2011 13:42
Have to agree with previous comments that this has gone downhill and is now unreliable on quality. However, as pablos12 commented last year, it is generally a nice pub, seems to avoid idiots and obviously seems to be the place to see Manchester United lose, as I did today, alas.
oftenscore6 - 4 Apr 2010 00:33
What a huge disappointment this place was. I believe it has been in the GBG in recent years, but has now slipped out. Unsurprising, seeing as looking at previous reviews, the beers never change - and are uninspiring, in Deuchars, Black Sheep and Moonshine. My Moonshine was pretty ropey to be honest, and its not often you get a bad Moonshine in Sheffield. The only positive was the conservatory area which was pleasant to sit in. The barman seemed pretty concerned about asserting how mad his weekend had been to his friend who couldn't seem less interested in how "f****d" he was over the weekend. Perhaps the barman should consider getting a haircut and acting in a more professional manner in front of customers.
Sharp - 19 Feb 2010 19:38
A multi-area city-centre local, with a conservatory and small outside smoking area. Three ales were available (Black Sheep, Deuchars IPA and Abbeydale Moonshine) at £2.60p/p. My Moonshine was OK, but a bit flat. The barmaid was perfunctory and seemed more interested in chatting to her friend.

The interior is tidy but fairly unremarkable, save for a few old Sheffield Theatre posters dotted around the walls; there are hints that interior used to be a lot more exciting though I imagine it all got ripped out a few years back – the exterior certainly promises more than the interior delivers, certainly. There’s a pool table and good basic food is available (including muffins!?!). The lack of punters meant that the piped music and muted TV dominated more than they should have done.

It isn’t bad for what it is, but if you’re on a day trip to the city to drink you’d be best off giving this one a miss unless you’ve got a few minutes to kill before getting a train back.
Quinno - 24 Aug 2009 20:17
Superb. Everything a city-centre pub should be, from the polished brass rails around the traditional bar, to the still-present snooker table, the well-kept beer (Caledonian IPA, Black Sheep and Abbeydale Moonshine, an exquisite pale ale) and, most importantly, the atmosphere. Gets very busy on Sheffield United match days (has Sky Sports, which was showing the well-received thraching of Man Utd by Liverpool on my last visit) but doesn't tend to attract the hooligan element and is extremely convenient for the train station, being only an extra 2 minutes walk further than the Howard and the Globe.
Cracking little pub.
pablos13 - 15 Mar 2009 10:24
Unremarkable, street corner pub situated close to Hallam University in an area of the city known as the Cultural Industries Quarter.

It's a former Wards Brewery pub - see photo - now in the Enterprise Inns stable.

There's a small snug and a larger main bar, off which is a not unpleasant conservatory.

There's a separate food counter, doing good honest pub grub - none of this arty farty poncey food oop north !

Directly in front of this food counter is a curiously positioned snooker table, which meant that staff bringing meals to tables occasionally risked getting a snooker cue or an elbow accidentally thrust in their face.

The pub is comfortably furnished in a pleasant, but unremarkable style.

The pub has been in the GBG in recent years. Beers on during my visit last week were Deuchars IPA, Black Sheep and Abbeydale Moonshine.

This is a good pub, as city centre pubs go nowadays. Not a must visit pub, but perfectly adequate for that odd pint or so if you're in the City Centre
JohnBonser - 10 Mar 2009 17:40
Nice pub, often quite lively. Great range of beers, also a pool table. Shows a lot of sport, but this is fairly unobtrusive if you're not interested. Small snug bar across from the main bar with a bell to attract service.
SheffieldMickey - 2 Mar 2008 23:44
Visited on Saturday 12 Jan. Place was heaving with Sheff Utd fans ahead of the game. As a QPR fan the atmosphere was a bit intimidating but the excellent pint of Sheffield Vulcan made up for this. Staff kept the queue moving well so only had a 5 minute wait.

Well worth a visit but perhaps avoid game days if you want a quiet pint
twineyboy - 18 Jan 2008 23:13
Visited twice in the same day, Sunday late lunchtime and again early evening. Quiet on both occasions, but decent range of beers and friendly staff. A lot tidier than some city centre pubs, although just a tad on the ordinary side, with any past divisions between bars removed to give one large L-shaped room with a conservatory on the side. Has echoes of an older style in the outside look and some etched windows. Pleasant enough and much more welcoming than others close by.
Gristy - 27 Nov 2007 15:49
Had a quick one in here on the way back to the station after Saints v Blades. Seemed good enough and a decent selection of real ales including Bradfield beers.
GuideDogSaint - 27 Oct 2007 01:50
Another great pub in the heart of Sheffield city centre. Good selection of real ales and good food also.
camraman - 3 May 2007 10:12
I agree with Layne, there is not much atmosphere but most people seem to go in large groups, or meet people there, and create their own atmsophere. All the other comments I'd re-iterate. Was in last Friday, packed with lots of works colleagues, and with the range of hand pulled beers had a great night.
robcmar - 3 Apr 2007 11:47
Excellent little venue, with a mix of clientele which works. We started going when we were around 18 after stumbling into it due to the torrential rain. Whenever we are back in Sheffield 8 years on we still always pay a visit.
Bazmoan - 30 Jan 2007 18:04
One of the few proper pubs left in the city centre that isn't seedy and tatty. Decent beer, good service, nice environment (choose the main bar, a conservatory bit or the very snug snug). Usually busy with a mix of customers. Worth going to.
anonymous - 18 Dec 2006 00:18
small, 'local' pub with no atmosphere. Ideal for the more 'sophisticated'(old) drinker.
layne - 5 Jul 2006 03:57
Great little boozer with a good choice of real ales and served by friendly bar staff in a relaxing atmosphere.
Beerybloke - 7 May 2006 18:10
Great little pub, excellent beer and good food.
BigJapp2 - 28 Jul 2005 15:01

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