Pub Reviews In Sheffield
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What has happened to the Red Deer off Mappin Street? I have used it for years and it has always been a haven in the city centre - lively with people but no music blasting out. Great beers and good staff.
However, the last few times we have been in most of the beers have been off. This spans a period of at least 9 months. On Saturday, out of a choice of 6 beers only 3 were available at the start of the evening - and by the end there was only one!
They may have given the walls a lick of paint and re-covered the seats but it's the beer at the end of the day that makes this type of pub special!
- Jackie Hill, 13/09/2007
Very good food and efficient staff. The restaurant part has been altered sympathetically and has a really nice relaxed feel to it. We really like it.
The only comment we have, and we have been twice in the past month, is that you are not encouraged to stay behind for a drink, even to the extent of the floor being mopped and chairs put on tables well before 11PM, which is a shame but we now walk down to the Crown, so you gain some and lose some!
- Marilyn Badger and friends, 06/09/2007
Very disappointing. On arrival it took nearly 10 minutes to get a drink then when we ordered we where told it there would be a 40 minute delay. No problem, but after an hour there was still no food and when we enquired we were told that it would be another 5 minutes.
I can accept a delay but it is the fact that no one has the decency to advise you or apologise. Have they not heard of customer service?
- Chris Clarke, 24/08/2007
Great heated garden at the rear, wood-panelled lounge, 'taproom' allowing dogs on lead, and a great room upstairs with big HD screen and two pool tables.
Had four pints whilst there, Tetley (2) £2.15, Black Sheep £2.30 & Pedigree £2.40. All very good quality. Food was only served at lunchtimes, so I had a cold sandwich from behind the bar (cheap as chips).
The place was full of locals downstairs & younger folk in the poolroom, there was also a fair number in the garden. Great pub, will return.
- Simon Gagg, 23/08/2007
Relatively new owners have cracked the brewing code and the recently produced ales are back to the standards remembered from Del's days in the pub. If you stopped going to the pub when the previous owners had it, do try it again.
- Wendy Mason, 18/08/2007
I love the Peacock Inn! It's my local and has been for a few good years now. It's a nice local pub with a warm atmosphere - you don't get a tumbleweed moment if you aren't a regular and it's gorgeous sitting outside in the summer evenings with a pint, and just as nice in winter with the snow falling outside.
They have just started to sell Kopparberg cider, which is going down well, and the rest of the selection of drinks is good.
Food is nice - typical pub grub. Nice to eat in or out! Shame Seamus has gone back to Manchester, he used to do a good quiz and liven things up!
Bar staff are sound and it's just a really friendly chilled out village pub. Good mix of young people, older ones and the rest but we all get along! I'd give it 10/10 any day and will be a regular all my life, I hope!
- Rosie Linacre, 16/08/2007
A small but well-run village pub with a lovely atmosphere. The bar staff are friendly and there are various activities on during the week to keep everyone entertained.
This pub is newly refurbished with amenities for smokers. Added to that the landlord is the funniest guy I've ever met!
- Theresa Ellender, 13/08/2007
I love Crystal because, although it's a really classy place, it's got a good feeling to it and no one puts on airs and graces The prices are a bit steeper than in some other bars, but I think it's worth it. And the music is fab!
- Sam Hay, 24/07/2007
With its recent renovation, the Dove & Rainbow, a preference of mine for a good long time now, has become a much better rock pub.
Recent additions include the removal of 'goth corner', with which the stage has been extended in its place. Also a fully refurbished bar and floor area have meant the pub looks a lot nicer, but keeps to its roots of a very friendly bar staff, well priced drink and good rock music.
All listeners of rock are welcomed warmly in the pub with the variation of metal, classic, grunge and just about every other type of rock music available as a listener of the music.
Live acts are no stranger to the pub, recent live acts include a large range of different styles of music as well. It was especially nice to see Decimate with their pantera-like heavy metal music being played, and led by their 12 year old guitarist who can make any grown man who's been playing for 12 years want to hang up his guitar, he IS that good.
The inclusion of the new beer garden at the Dove & Rainbow is a very welcome addition to coincide with the new smoking ban. This means that smokers can enjoy the music just as much as the none-smokers, as the music is very much audible from the beer garden.
The men's toilets have gone through a refurbishment, which has added a lot to the pub.
Any rock enthusiast should take a look at the pub. Got any particular song you would like to hear? If they have it, they will play it upon request.
All in all the best rock pub in Sheffield, surpassing the Nelson by leaps and bounds due to its honest and somewhat more... real feel about it.
- Scott Guest, 08/07/2007
We have always heard that the Peacock at Owler Bar had a great reputation for food and decided to call in for Sunday lunch late in the afternoon.
Whilst busy, it wasn't necessary to book a table and the atmosphere is homely and welcoming. We looked at the extensive menu and the specials board, facing a staggering choice of courses. Disappointingly though, the two main courses we wanted to order from the specials board were no longer available, so we had to sit and rethink our order.
Starters were a little on the pricey side for what they were; my pate dish came with 1 slice of toast cut into quarters and my partner's crostini choice was equally on the small side. At £4 plus each, we thought they could have been more generous with the portion size (and we do not expect huge portions). However, the quality was fantastic.
Our lamb dishes for main (£13 + each) were lovely, with sweet potato and crunchy mange tout rather than the usual veg selection.
However, the last course let the whole meal down. Being cheese fans we both ordered the cheese board (approx £5 each). The miniscule cheese portion given was a complete rip off, especially as the whole dish was fridge cold; a one inch cube each of hard unripe brie, stilton and cheddar. It was served with more crackers than you possibly had cheese for, half an apple and a few grapes; we felt to bulk up the plate. We spent the last half hour of our meal making jokes about it. For that price I expect it to be a cheese board, not a cheese saucer and to be able to taste it.
With drinks the whole meal came to above £60. The service was fantastic, a wide range of drinks are served, but unfortunately I feel the meal was priced above what it should be for what was delivered. We will return, but stick to a main course only as it seemed the only one providing true value for money.
- Helen Race, 26/06/2007