Changing face of pub scene

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The front page pictures today of pubs that have recently closed make for mixed memories.

Happy thoughts of enjoyable evenings spent in these particular locals but sadness that are no longer open for people to frequent.

A total of 46 pubs have shut in the city since 2010, with Darnall, Walkley and Shiregreen the hardest hit, according to figures obtained by The Star in a Freedom of Information Act request.

There’s no one reason why this should be happening. Nationally pubs are closing so it’s not just a Sheffield phenomenon.

Even so it does feel as though part of our history is disappearing as once thriving businesses, which brought communities together to socialise, are turned into supermarkets or apartments.

But it is not all doom and gloom for the Sheffield pub trade with the rise of real ale and the success of ‘pub hubs’ in areas like Kelham Island and Heeley.

Society and habits change. Maybe it was inevitable that the traditional pub should eventually begin to fade away.

However, as the ‘pub hubs’ show there is still a market for a good-quality pint in Sheffield and with so many local breweries they should be with us for a good while yet.

* Read more: Sheffield’s pub closure hotspots exposed