Sheffield Champs Sports Bar on Ecclesall Road is on the site of a pleasure ground called Pomona Gardens

These days it’s the Champs Sports Bar and Grill but the Ecclesall Road, Sheffield venue used to be called the Pomona.

By Julia Armstrong
Wednesday, 19th January 2022, 4:09 pm

In the 1980s, the Pomona was popular with students and an established part of the Eccy Road weekend pub crawl that included the Nursery Tavern.

In 1980, the original pub was closed and a modern version in a slightly different spot took over the name.

The original Pomona Hotel was once at the centre of a pleasure ground called Pomona Gardens.

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The original Pomona pub on Ecclesall Road, Sheffield in 1980

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An 1852 advertisement described them as 'the largest public gardens in Sheffield' with 'a splendid collection of evergreen and flowering shrubs, musical meetings every Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights, tea and dinner parties, and a choice stock of wines, spirits and bitter beer'.

The name Pomona refers to the Roman goddess of fruitfulness, who watched over fruit trees, orchards and gardens.

Maybe that’s why the pub’s on the corner of Pear Street.

This Google Maps image shows Champs Sports Bar and Grill on Ecclesall Road, Sheffield, which was once the Pomona pub