Brrr. Blimey, it’s brass monkeys out there, guv’nor. If only there was a cosy hostelry on hand to warm the cockles. Oh, wouldn’t it be luverly…
Well, luckily we’re blessed with some mighty fine watering holes in which to while away a winter’s day/night here in Sheffield. So snuggle up by the fire and peruse our pick of the considerable litter.
The Red Deer
18 Pitt Street, S1 4DD
The Red Deer has stood ‘round these parts since 1825 – and, 188 years later, it remains one of the gems of the City Centre. This cosy, traditional dwelling was taken over and refurbished just a couple of years ago, and now always provides the choice of 8 real ales, including 4 guest beers which change on a weekly basis. Throw in a vast selection of lagers and ciders, along with regular music and comedy nights, and you have the perfect place to quench your thirst and forget about the January chill outside.
Main Street, Grindleford S32 2HE
A walk in The Peaks is only worth the bother if it ends with a swift pint and a handsome Sunday Dinner in some suitable country pub. And there are few more suitable than The Maynard. Located on the road into Grindleford, it's actually an independently-owned, contemporary boutique hotel (popular for weddings) – so it's no surpise that the 2 AA Rosette restaurant is ace. With a real open fire, an open arms policy to dog walkers and plenty of decent beer, this one's a winner.
146-148 Gibraltar Street, S3 8UB
(0114) 275 5959
Since being re-opened in July 2011 by William Wagstaff, a real ale and music fan, Shakespeares has become a go-to place for both. In the first six months after opening, over 300 different ale varieties were served, with a range spanning from locally-brewed favourites to new and rare beers from across the UK. Once you’ve finished witnessing whichever up-and-coming band is playing that night, you can help yourself to a proper warming tipple, selecting from over 100 varieties of Whisky in stock – perhaps not all in one night, mind.
The Cricket Inn
Penny Lane, Totley, S17 3AZ
(0114) 236 5256
A stone’s-throw away from The Peak District, this converted 19th Century farmhouse has built a reputation as a welcoming, traditional, family-friendly pub serving delicious meals – it even has its own Art Gallery in the Parlour. They recently installed their own smoker in order to produce home-smoked meats and fish on-site, which will feature in dishes available on the daily-changing specials menu. Homely rustic breads are also now available alongside table service. It’s the perfect place to escape to with the family for a roast on a Sunday, or to just sit warming yourself by the log fire enjoying a Thornbridge-brewed pint.
944 Chesterfield Road, S8 0SH
(0114) 274 5374
Traditional and welcoming, this Woodseats boozer really hits the spot for those who can no longer feel their toes. In a couple of months’ time you may be interested in the large beer-garden or even the pub’s very own bowling green, but for now we can recommend nothing more than enjoying a pint in the log-fire heated Tap Room. And, if you fancy tucking into one of the home-made Sunday Roasts, we’re sure you’ll agree that it’s a standard setter in down-to-earth homeliness – or, in other words, reyt good.
The Norfolk Arms
2 Ringinglow Village, S11 7TS
(0114) 230 2197
Take a wee trek away from the City and you’ll be rewarded with a fantastic pub in an exquisite location at the gateway to the Peak National Park. There’s that winter warmer staple – the log fire – and their Winter Menu is choc-full of traditional, warming favourites. As far as their drinks menu goes, the jewel in the crown has to be their selection of fine Scotch Whiskeys – they bring you in from the cold and kindle a fire in your belly. Oh, and did we mention they’re bang next door to an alpaca farm? Magical.
The Broadfield Ale House
452 Abbeydale Road, S7 1FR
(0114) 255 0200
It’s described as ‘a veritable treasure trove of drinks options – and who are we to argue? Alongside dozens of bottled lagers from around the world, there’s always 8 hand pull ales situated under the bar as well as a plethora of draught world lagers and ciders. So, there’s plenty to try whilst you shield yourself from the cold. They’re experts of the amber stuff as well, with their very own Whisky Club sated by a collection which includes at least one whisky from every operating distillery in Scotland. Hic! And don’t get us started on the pies…