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Coach and Horses, Dronfield

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Thornbridge pub sited right next to Sheffield FC's football ground. When I walked in, there were no other customers. Several others had arrived by the time I departed. Jaipur & Lord Marples are the regular Thornbridge beers. They also had Pollard's & Twin Peaks. Guests from other breweries were Saltaire Café Culture & Drone Valley Ella. They also had Gwynt y Ddraig Black Dragon cider on handpull. There's a few decent keg options too, including St Petersburg Imperial Stout. I was torn between the Pollard's and the Café Culture and eventually opted for the latter. A nice beer, but a very strong coffee taste. This was my favourite pub in Dronfield.
blue_scrumpy - 5 Mar 2020 19:13
Nice enough from the outside but one of those 'Pub & Dining' type interiors. The ales on were nice (mainly Thronbridge Brews though the pint of Ashford was a bit soapy) but the diners and plethora of pushchairs occupying a relatively small front bar area kind of place this in the ' family dining establishment ' corner rather than a traditional pub.
anonymous - 4 Mar 2012 14:57
Not a traditionalist pub, but a more stylish approach that radiates cleanliness, professionalism and a more upmarket classiness.
Excellent Thornbridge beers, a very clean house, and very friendly and extremely knowledgeable bar staff.
We visited three times, twice on the day they don't serve food. When they're not serving food they offer you free munchies (olives and the like). When they serve food, they politely ask you if you'll be eating. That's just so they can set the table. Drinkers are most welcome and the staff will take all the time needed to supply you with information about the beers.
We haven't tried the food yet, but as drinkers we were made very welcome.
MarkVP - 9 Sep 2011 11:35
Excellent pub. Full range of current Thornbridge brews available in third of a pint tasters with a bowl of olives. Included tasting notes and the barman talked us through each one as well.

Worth making a special trip for. A 10-15 minute walk from the train station.
twohalves - 7 May 2011 12:26
Another disappointing visit to Bramall Lane, another enjoyable visit to this pub. The beers are just great, I loved the White Swan and Jaipur, had tasters of the others, and all were good. The staff there were absolutely brilliant, and made us 'strangers' feel very welcome. Highly recommended, and hope to re-visit next season, subject to avoiding relegation.
Dylanwing - 13 Feb 2010 21:56
A very classy pub, and certainly the best pub next to a football ground I've been to (contrast with those around Griffin Park). Thornbridge Swan was excellent, although I sense might find the pub too food-orientated. Hard to fault.
mtaylor40 - 9 Aug 2009 21:24
A tastefully renovated roadside pub just outside Dronfield which has recently been taken over by the Thornbridge brewery and five of their delicious beers are available at the bar. The interior has been moved towards an upmarket pub-restaurant direction - I can see why a pub traditionalist might not like it but I thought it was rather nice and cosy and there is plenty of room and welcome for drinkers - I was asked if I would be eating, but as far as I was concerned it was simply part of the polite service, they certainly didn't pull a sour face when I grinned and replied "no, just drinking!". The girl with bright pink hair behind the bar who served me was very good and looked brilliantly out-of-place.

An 'ale taster' of a 1/3 pint of all five beers was available which came served on a handy customised wooden tray along with tasting notes and a palette-cleanser of either cashews, olives or onions - at 5.50 a bargain I thought so gave it a go (all 5 beers that came over were in good to excellent shape). Once they were done, I went for the sublime Jaipur, which at almost 6% came out at 2.80, quite reasonable I thought given the location. Bottled Thornbridge beer is also available, so I made off with a bottle of their Russian Imperial Stout when I couldn't guzzle any more Jaipur.

Approach to the loos has a couple of football shirts hung up including (oddly) a signed North Korea shirt! The toilets, as I suspected, were spotless. The pub also features CAMRA magazines, a book exchange and some board games; again, drinker-friendly.

A 10 minute walk from Dronfield station and worth every step in my opinion.
Quinno - 1 Aug 2009 16:29
Attractive looking roadside pub in a Derbyshire village on the main bus route between Sheffield and Chesterfield.

As previous posters have stated, the pub is owned by the world's oldest football club - Sheffield F C - founded in 1857.

Their ground - The Bright Finance Stadium - is situated directly behind the ground. I wasn't exactly expecting the Bernabeu or the San Siro or even my own team's beloved Hillsborough, but to me the word "stadium" conjures up more than just a football pitch in a field, which is virtually all we have here.

Anyway, let's review the pub.

On entering the pub my heart sank when I saw what could best be described as a cold, clinical, charmless and contemporary interior. My spirits rose slightly when I saw the bank of Thornbridge pumps, but quickly feel again when the young barmaid enquired " would you be joining us for lunch, sir ?".

My pint of Thornbridge Wild Swan tasted good, but the charmless pastel shaded interior did not appeal and the place lacked the cosy warmth and comfort that us traditionalists look for.

Based on my visit, this pub is a restaurant in all but name.

I didn't feel inclined to linger long and I won't be returning.

Very disappointing

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JohnBonser - 8 Apr 2009 13:34
Excellent beer and very good, but pricey food.Staff are very friendly and helpful.
baxterfish - 11 May 2008 20:37
An excellent Pub right by Sheffield FC's ground. On our visit, 5 Thornbridge beers were available, with 3 over 5%, when lighter beers would have been preferred. We did try them all, and all were excellent and very tasty. We did not try the food as it was 'gastro' rather than proper pub food. Full marks to the young, blond girl behind the bar, her knowledge of the beers and enthusiasm was brilliant.
Dylanwing - 27 Apr 2008 11:30
another great pub in Sheffield. Right next to Sheffield FC, the oldest football club in the world...but dont let that put you off.
superb Thornbridge ales always available...
you wont be disappointed by their outstanding St Petersburg Stout.
comfortably furnished pub with the usual warm friendly Yorkshire greeting...
alehouses - 26 Feb 2008 12:42

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