Sheffield Pub News - December 2005
Customers can enjoy up to eight cocktails to share; includes jammy dod-jar, drumstick cooler, zombie, blue raspberry and more
Local micro-brewer Abbeydale Brewery has taken over the Rising Sun Inn at Nether Green. The pub will now become a free house and will concentrate on selling real ales, including all of Abbeydale Brewery's range as well as some Kelham Island Brewery beers. Abbeydale Brewery development director, Chris Morton, confirmed that the aim is for the Rising Sun Inn to become a community pub featuring live music. The pub is also completely non-smoking.
Sheffield Pub Guide has added some new pubs to our database. We now have basic details for the Green Room bar on Devonshire Street and the Ivory Bar & Restaurant on Regent Terrace near West Street. We have also updated our list of pubs with late licenses thanks to information from one of our visitors.
No action is to be taken against former Sheffield Wednesday footballer Chris Waddle after police concluded that there was insufficient evidence to prosecute him for an alleged assault in his local pub. 20-year-old Ryan Tissington claimed that Waddle attacked him in the toilets of the Devonshire Arms pub in Dore on 21st April 2005. Waddle claims he acted in self-defence after Tissington tried to punch him.
The Blacksmiths Arms pub in Killamarsh has now been demolished, reportedly to make way for a new housing project.
Sheffield City Council has voted in favour of introducing an alcohol exclusion zone in the city centre. Starting on 12th December, police will have the power to confiscate the booze of any drunks causing a public nuisance in the centre of Sheffield. A council spokeswoman has stressed that this is not a measure to be used against people enjoying a quiet drink in public, but rather a means to prevent disorder.
Sheffield Pub Guide has started compiling a list of pubs in Sheffield that are opening late under the new extended licensing hours. Details can be found on our pubs with late licenses page. The list is far from complete yet so please contact us and let us know of the pubs that we have missed!
Local drinkers who are members of the Campaign for Real Ale ("CAMRA") have voted the Silver Fox at Stocksbridge as their Real Ale Pub of the Month for December 2005.
The Pub of the Month awards are designed to highlight pubs in the area that serve good beer in a friendly and comfortable atmosphere. The certificate will be presented at the pub on the evening of Saturday 3rd December, around 9PM. More information about the Silver Fox is in the article below by Heather Lindley, which appears in the current issue of "Beer Matters".
The Silver Fox is a large pub set back from the main Manchester Road (B6088) on the western outskirts of Stocksbridge. It derives its name from the local steel works and was built in 1964. It has two large bars with a full-sized pool table, jukebox, self-contained disco and dance floor in the lounge. The smaller bar known locally as the "Posh Side" allows you to get away from the many activities which are held daily and just visit the Fox for a quite drink. John and Sandra, the landlord and landlady, took over its running two years ago and have gradually introduced a varied and interesting range of cask beers to supplement the standard provisions of eight standard beers and lagers. The local clientele have taken to these developments, partly as a result of the support of local CAMRA subversive activists. (John's right arm goes automatically into a half-Nelson when a certain Membership Secretary now enters). Since John introduced cask ales, there has been a lively interest from both regulars and new customers. He is keen to promote real ale drinking and fully supports CAMRA's aims. The bar staff are happy to offer taster glasses of guest beers on request. Since the introduction of cask ales just over a year ago john now regularly offers two choices that change weekly. In the past these have included Batemans XD, the full Theakston range, Marston's Pedigree, The Rev James, Spitfire, and Old Tom to name but a few. For December, John has enlisted the help of Thornbridge Brewery, with their award winning Jaipur going on offer. John and Sandra create a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere and promote events for the regulars and visitors every evening of the week. They have recently held their annual fundraising events for NABD, the Disabled Bikers charity raising over £1,450. The more adventurous events include the twice-yearly "Western Weekend" where the whole pub is decorated and given over to the Western theme. Live bands are a main feature of the Silver Fox, with groups such as Frank White, Hummingbirds, Stormbringer, Vamp, Motus, Steve French Band, Blitz and Boogachawooga all gracing the excellent stage on Friday and Saturday nights and getting the dance floor buzzing. I particularly like the Silver Fox because it is so unusual today to find a real ale pub with regular (free) live blues and rock bands and a reasonably sized dance floor to boogie the night away. It also makes an excellent venue to hire for parties, meetings etc... At quieter times customers can relax over the homemade food served daily at lunch and evening times. The Silver Fox is a real part of the local community and offers a friendly welcome to new and old visitors alike. The Silver Fox can easily be reached on buses 57 and 58, which run at half-hourly intervals from the Sheffield Interchange. When you enter Stocksbridge just ask the driver for the Fox he will drop you right outside.
Please also see our latest pub news page.
February 2002, March 2002, April 2002, June 2002, July 2002, May 2003, August 2005, September 2005, October 2005, November 2005, December 2005, January 2006, February 2006, March 2006, April 2006, May 2006, June 2006, July 2006, August 2006, September 2006, October 2006, November 2006, December 2006, January 2007, February 2007, March 2007, April 2007, May 2007, June 2007, July 2007, August 2007, September 2007, October 2007, November 2007, January 2008, February 2008, March 2008, April 2008, May 2008, June 2008, July 2008, August 2008, September 2008, October 2008, November 2008, December 2008, January 2009, February 2009, March 2009, April 2009, May 2009, June 2009, July 2009, August 2009, September 2009, October 2009, November 2009, December 2009, January 2010, February 2010, March 2010, June 2010, July 2010, August 2010, September 2010, October 2010, November 2010, December 2010, January 2011, February 2011, March 2011, April 2011, July 2011, August 2011, September 2011, October 2011, November 2011, December 2011, February 2012, March 2012, May 2012, June 2012, July 2012, October 2012, December 2012, February 2013, March 2013, April 2013, May 2013, June 2013, July 2013, August 2013, September 2013, November 2013, December 2013, January 2014, February 2014, March 2014, April 2014, May 2014, June 2014, August 2014, September 2014, October 2014, November 2014, December 2014, January 2015, February 2015, March 2015, April 2015, May 2015, June 2015, July 2015, August 2015, October 2015, November 2015, December 2015, February 2016, March 2016, April 2016, May 2016, June 2016, July 2016, August 2016, September 2016, October 2016, November 2016, December 2016, January 2017, March 2017, May 2017, June 2017