A number of Sheffield pubs have unusual names

Here are 10 of Sheffield's most unusual pub names - and the stories behind them

Sheffield is blessed with a wealth of historic pubs, with many named after influential figures and events from the era in which they were created.

Monday, 25th January 2021, 2:55 pm

Over the last few decades, the Steel City has earned a reputation for its brilliant boozers and breweries; and more recently, for the community of micro pubs selling some of the country’s best – and most potent – ales.

But some of the city’s most popular pubs, such as The Closed Shop, Cremorne and Brown Bear date back much further, and have been serving the people of Sheffield for more than a century.

Many of their names reflect the time in which they were established.

Here, we take you through the etymology of some of the more unusual monikers.

Please contact me at [email protected] if you have any suggestions for pubs that are not included on this list but should be.


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