Then there are the pubs. There do seem to be a lot in Sheffield, many of which are showcases for great beer. In fact, you only have to come off the train and you are face to face with the Sheffield Tap, with its long wooden bar, scattering of glittering pub mirrors and the clink of glasses as both travellers and regulars drink a variety of beers, including local favourites such as Thornbridge’s Jaipur as well as world classics from the likes of Weihenstephaner and Pivovar Bernard.
The lazy beer explorer might not want to go anywhere once ensconced in the Tap, but then they would be missing a classic pub such as the Bath Hotel, one of seven in the city run by Thornbridge. Ok, the brewery is in Bakewell 17 miles to the south, but for all intents and purpose I always associate it with Sheffield, and let’s not forget that its light strawberry-flavoured beer I Love U Will You Marry Me refers to a famous line of graffiti in the city.
This beautiful corner pub, built in the 19th century and whose interior has been unaltered since a 1930s makeover, is a pint-worthy pilgrimage for those who come to Sheffield in search of its beer heritage. ‘The only thing missing here are gas lamps,’ said someone on the table next to me as I delved into my pristine glass of Thornbridge’s Halcyon.
Thornbridge’s light strawberry-flavoured beer I Love U Will You Marry Me refers to a famous line of graffiti in the city