Having been run down a bit over recent months, it was nice to see the place had been taken over by a new owner.
Food is back on, which has been missing over the last few months and it's really nice. There is a carvery on Sundays, which was very busy when we visited and the normal menu is on every day, with a lunchtime special menu, which is really good value. A good family pub for food but still a nice place to relax and have a few glasses of wine and chat with friends.
Overall a good experience and it's on my doorstep which makes it even better!
The Big Tree is a great place with a great atmosphere, despite all the horror stories that it had been renowned for. I have attended there on the odd occasion since I was younger and have always felt welcome by all the staff employed there.
My friends and I mostly took pleasure in dining there due to the really cheap menu and high standard of cuisine. It also has a pool table and regularly screens the Premiership football matches of the weekend, or if you're an avid Blades fan - Sheffield United matches (usually drawing in the Sheffield United fans of the surrounding area).
All in all it is great value for money and I would recommend paying it a visit.
I've been a fairly regular customer at the Benjamin Huntsman for at least five years, calling perhaps a couple of times a month; being able to choose from a wide range of real ales, at low prices is rare, and that's what attracts me to the pub.
However, on Sunday 28 October 2007 I called in on my own at around 1PM. Over the following two hours I probably had three or four pints, didn't talk to anyone, in fact never said a word, except "pint of Abbot please". I guess I probably made my way up and down the two flights of stairs a couple of times (without incidence) during that time, but on approaching the bar for another pint, a female member of staff refused to serve me because I was "drunk".
I'm 42 and been drinking beer since being 18 years old, and never been refused a drink for appearing drunk. It's left me bewildered and wondering how someone who is on their own, not talking to anyone, not being obnoxious, falling into people etc..., can be considered bad custom.
I suppose I'll never find out, but it makes me apprehensive about going there again.
A fantastic range of excellent beers, both from the pump and bottled. Good wines, the best fruit juices and good 'stick to your ribs' home cooked food. Also live music regularly, a relaxed atmosphere and not packed with (gorgeous though they are) young things: what more could a lady of a certain age ask from her local?
Great pub, great beer, great people! This pub is the perfect place to enjoy a variety of ales and continental beers if you want to avoid the hustle and bustle of a large pub. Think scaled-down Devonshire Cat but with more charm. Ten on Ten.