A new guide aims to protect and promote Sheffield’s historic pubs. Colin Drury found out more...
When it comes to historic pubs, it’s well known that Sheffield is no small beer.
From The Old Queen’s Head - the oldest domestic building in the city centre - to the Grade II listed Bath Hotel, boozers with heritage abound.
Now, a city real ale group is drawing up an inventory of the very best in a bid, firstly, to try and protect them, and, secondly, to attract even more beer visitors here.
Members of Campaign for Real Ale Sheffield and District will selflessly research those boozers where you get a dollop of the past with your pint.
“It’s a hard job,” says Dave Pickersgill, who’s co-ordinating the project. “But we felt someone should do it.”
What will be included? Think places where you can still sit in a Victorian snug, rest your toes on a brass footrail or look out through a stained glass window. Ornate tiling, carved mahogany bars and standing-only lobbies will all be in there.
The Dog And Partridge, in Trippet Lane, makes the grade because of its richly panelled rear snug and patterned window. So too does Fagans, in Broad Lane, because of its Fifties fixed seating and fittings. Ye Old Shakespeare Inn, in Well Road, Heeley, is included because of its distinctive, stepped entrance, while Bloo 88, in West Street, is noted for its exterior coloured titles which indicate its original name, Hallamshire Hotel.
“There’s a national inventory of historic pubs which includes a couple from Sheffield such as The Bath,” says 58-year-old Dave, of Stocksnridge, as he shows The Diary that Dog And Partridge snug. “But we thought it would be good to do a list for Sheffield. There are so many gems here that offer a real glimpse into our past.
“The inventory will obviously not have any official way of stopping these interiors being ripped out if owners chose to do so but we hope by highlighting them, it shows what assets they are.”
It will be published online initially and then, funds permitting, in a small visitor guide.
“These places show how people lived and socialised,” says CAMRA membership secretary Andrew Cullen, 38, of Bradway. “It’s important they survive for future generation.
“This is our way of trying to sure that happens.”
ALREADY ON THE LIST
Examples of pubs are already on the list include...
* The White Lion (London Road, Heeley): richly tiled central corridor with original service hatch and two glazed snugs.
* Manor Castle (Manor Lane, Manor): includes Thirties panelling, fixed seating and bell-pushes, as well as gorgeous curved bar and two fireplaces.
* The Wellington (Henry Street, Shalesmoor): terrazzo floor and Thirties bar greets customers.
To suggest pubs which deserve to be on the Sheffield Heritage Pub List, email firstname.lastname@example.org