Four city pubs are the best of British

Sheffield Tap Bar official opening.
Sheffield Tap Bar official opening.

SHEFFIELD got four references in a new guide celebrating “everything great about the British pub”.

All the pubs in the publication by the Campaign for Real Ale are described as offering something beyond the promise of good beer, great food and plenty of cheer. “They also offer a chance to step into another world for a while,” says writer Adrian Tierney-Jones.

The Fat Cat in Alma Street, Kelham Island, is “an enduring example of a classic redbrick Victorian tavern” and a “showpiece” for the foresight of Dave Wickett, who bought it 30 years ago.

Around the corner, the Kelham Island Tavern made history by scooping Camra’s national Pub of the Year award two years running, and is lauded for surviving the threat of closure and the 2007 floods.

The Sheffield Tap, created by the refurbishment of a former Edwardian refreshment room on platform 1 of the railway station, has a plethora of handpumps and is “the very picture of pub elegance”.

In its semi-rural location, the Cricket Inn in Penny Lane, Totley, is praised as “a real pub featuring real food and pub” and offering “a wonderful lack of pretension”.

Tierney-Jones visited most of the 200-plus pubs, while others were recommended by friends, colleagues and Camra members. “Some will agree, some will disagree, but that’s the beauty of the British pub, it stirs the emotions, and makes people care.”

lCamra’s Great British Pubs, by Adrian Tierney-Jones, paperback, £14.99.

lPub back on music map, page 15.