Ship ahoy as old pub scoops award

Steve and Jeanette RODGERS at the Ship Inn,Shalesmoor
Steve and Jeanette RODGERS at the Ship Inn,Shalesmoor

A SHEFFIELD pub that has been in the same family for 48 years was given an award this week by local members of the Campaign for Real Ale.

The Ship Inn in Shalesmoor has been run by Steve and Jeanette Rodgers for 24 years since they took over from Jeanette’s parents, Cyril and Kath Stewart. The couple received a Pub of the Month award on Tuesday.

In recent years, they have seen the area change from industrial to residential. “We miss the characters and the days when people would have a pint before rushing back to work,” said Jeanette. Customers during the week are now more likely to be bank workers. “It’s quiet during the week, but people travel to come here on Saturday nights,” said Jeanette.

Camra members praise the “excellent community local”, three changing guest beers from local breweries and the “wonderful” tiled frontage.

The pub is now owned by Greene King but originally belonged to Tomlinson’s Anchor Brewery, which is where the name is thought to have come from.

Its history can be traced to 1750 and two seamen were reportedly drowned in secret tunnels leading from the inn to the river in the flood of 1864, prompting rumours of ghosts.

Jeanette said there had been some unexplained activity such as a beer pump suddenly switching on and off and flooding the floor. “I’m not scared because I have been here all this time and nothing nasty has happened.”