I was interested in Alex Moore’s article on Sheffield CAMRA’s campaign to protect our historic pubs.
I am at a loss to see how the Sheffield Tap could be at risk even in these times when British pub culture is under greater threat than ever before. I can think of more imminent threats – let me name a few.
Old Blue Ball, Hillsborough (well actually Owlerton) with its original structure probably the oldest in the area, Great Flood connection, surely an edifice with little scope for the future as a pub.
The Horse and Jockey in what to many of us is and always will be the Wadsley area.
Old Number 12 in Exchange Street – the council has decided, to its credit, that this historic and attractive pub, with a place in Sheffield’s 20th century culture, is to be retained as part of the regeneration of Castlegate. The licensed trade has indicated that there is a future for what was a one-time Berni Inn (with for me a brief, romantic, but not particularly blessed memory).
However, the appropriate, imaginative regeneration, gentrification (dreadful word to some) of the area tremains on the horizon.
The University Arms, a 19th vicarage, possibly to be superseded by an exciting redevelopment of Henderson’s Relish Factory.
The former Sportsman – next door to Leah’s Yard – threatened by the NRQ.
Last but not least – Carbrook Hall – a friendly welcome and an affable rottweiler – in this treasure trove of English Civil War memorabilia and connections, shamefully ignored for far too long, which I am told requires some structural repair.
Let’s also acknowledge the role of the Weatherspoons chain in conservation.