Glasses raised to city real ale pubs

drinksoctram'Mark Simmonite at Henry's in Sheffield who is organising an Oktoberfest
drinksoctram'Mark Simmonite at Henry's in Sheffield who is organising an Oktoberfest

TWENTY-nine Sheffield pubs are listed in the 39th edition of the Campaign for Real Ale’s Good Beer Guide, which is published today.

Ten are in the city centre and, as well as longstanding favourites such as The Bath Hotel in Victoria Street, the Red Deer in Pitt Street and the Kelham Island Tavern, there is recognition of a relative newcomer, the Sheffield Tap at the railway station, and the return of Henry’s as a real ale bar in Cambridge Street.

Another return that is noted is The York in Fulwood Road, Broomhill – now a free house after disposal by a pub company.

In general, the real ale scene in Yorkshire is thriving, says Camra.

While nationally there are now 840 breweries, with 99 starting life over the past 12 months, Yorkshire has 98 breweries, with 16 coming on stream during the same period. They include Blue Bee in Sheffield.

Camra Yorkshire regional director Mick Moss said: “‘With so many fantastic community pubs in the area, it is becoming harder every year for Camra branches to select their choice of local pubs to feature in the Guide.

“Only pubs serving a consistently high standard of real ale are considered for inclusion and it’s been a busy year for Camra members surveying their locals.”

lCamra Good Beer Guide, edited by Roger Protz, £15.99.

lLocal real ale enthusiasts stage the annual Steel City Beer and Cider Festival at Ponds Forge from September 29 to October 1.

lThe Heatherfield Club in Baslow Road, Totley, holds its first beer festival on Friday, September 23 from 6pm and Saturday, September 24 from noon, in conjunction with the Totley Music Festival.