Shakespeares is named city’s top tipple joint

Pictured are the co-owners of the Shakespeare Pub,Gibraltar Street,Chris Bamford(right) and Robin Baker. The pub has been  named Sheffield's 'Pub of the Year' by CAMRA
Pictured are the co-owners of the Shakespeare Pub,Gibraltar Street,Chris Bamford(right) and Robin Baker. The pub has been named Sheffield's 'Pub of the Year' by CAMRA
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CHEERS! Shakespeares Ale & Cider House is raising a glass after being crowned CAMRA’s ‘Sheffield Pub of the Year.’

The pub, on Gibraltar Street, was voted top pick by over 1,000 members of the Sheffield & District Campaign for Real Ale society.

“It’s a huge honour and we’re thrilled,” said Robin Baker, who has managed the pub along with partner Chris Bamford for nearly two years.

“The award is testament to a lot of hard work by us and our staff in the last couple of years.”

Shakespeares was closed and its building boarded up for a year before its current owner bought it in July 2011 and hired Robin and Chris to turn it around.

“We worked on sprucing it up without losing its original charm,” said Robin, aged 26.

“We’re focused on real ales and have sampled 1,200 beers on tap since we reopened.

Live music is also important and we have live bands on a couple of times a week, acoustic sessions, traditional folk music nights and even music ‘sessions’ where anybody can come and play their own music.”

Sheffield CAMRA said: “We were impressed with Shakespeares extensive and ever changing range of well kept and carefully selected beers and its thriving upstairs concert room known as the ‘Bard’s Bar.’

“We also found them very accommodating. They don’t serve food, other than sandwiches and crisps, but they allow their customers to have a curry delivered from the local takeaway if they wish, to eat with their pint!

Robin added: “We’re proud that it feels like a real community pub now, which was always the intention.”