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!
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.
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.
On a recent night out in Stannington village, me and three other friends had decided to call in at the Peacock Inn. Upon arriving, the lady behind the bar asked to see our IDs. Being 18 all of us, this was understandable and so we showed them without question.
I then asked the lady, who was still yet to smile and who I later discovered was landlady, for a pint of lager. I then received a reply, something along the lines of "you'll get nothing if you keep being rude and talking like that."
I stood astonished at what I had just heard and looked around at my friends who were also puzzled! I asked her how I had been rude and apparently my use of the word "love" had offended her.
I apologised and, without raising my temper, said that lots of people call each other "love" and "duck". She then finished pouring my pint, left it on the back shelf out of my reach and stormed off.
I always make an effort at being respectful and polite to bar staff , and it was obvious that we just weren't welcome. I was then informed that nobody was allowed to serve me. I made several attempts to apologise and explained that we just a bunch of mates who had come for a drink and a chat.
I understand the fact that there are some young lads who are out just to cause trouble and explained that we weren't. However I was rudely ignored and advised to leave. I couldn't believe what I was hearing, all because I had called her "love". My understanding is that it was supposed to be a friendly word, not (as it would seem) an insult!
Rather than cause a scene we left and went to the Rose & Crown, which beats the service and atmosphere in the Peacock Inn hands down! The way we were treated because of our age was disgusting and I can say for certain that I wont ever be returning and neither will my friends.
The Plough has been a favourite of mine for its location and open countryside for many years. Not only is it located on a good bus route, but yet pleasantly placed in the quaint village of Low Bradfield with the duck pond a stones throw away. This is another plus for the children who already have a good playing area with climbing amenities in the beer garden. For the customers who require a place to unwind and relax, the pub offers a relaxing atmosphere with a large open fire, which crackles away on a cool early spring evening and also a large selection of ales, including Bradfield's own special beers.
Since the new landlord and landlady have taken on the Plough, it has seen a new lease of life and they have gifted us with their pleasant company and fine culinary talents.
The atmosphere of the pub is full of warmth and pleasant exchange of interesting conversation, and today, being the 25th April 2007, was their first day for serving food since they took over the pub a couple of months ago. I phoned to reserve a table and it was a good job I did as well, because the place was buzzing with people eagerly waiting to taste the wares of the well-known homemade cooking of the landlady and her mother.
I had lasagne, while my finance had homemade cottage pie and my son had Yorkshire pudding and sausages - all three of us ate every morsel without one little bit left over - even on my son's plate. The food was delicious and well presented. It was served piping hot as my family found out when they were pinching my chips. All I can say was we, as many more we observed, were highly satisfied with the service and the quality of food we received today.
I wish the landlord and landlady every success and can see this pub being THE ONE to visit for many years to come.
Having decided to try our new local and having passed the pub every day, we thought we'd try the advertised "amblers family restaurant" We rung the pub to check what time they served food and reserved a table.
We were early so sat down at a table only to be told that that was where the band would set up and our table was being laid specially over the other side. When we took our seats, the table was wet with beer; the cutlery dirty and someone didn't know their left from their right.
No effort was made to make us feel welcome or move the swearing teenage clients from around the table. As we changed our minds to go somewhere else the staff seemed really surprised!
The Royal Hotel was built around 1813 and retains much of its original character. There are 3 spacious and pristine en suite guest bedrooms.
The Royal Hotel is a family run public house in the village of Dungworth. Set on the edge of the Peak District high on the moors northwest of Sheffield but only a 20-minute drive from the centre of the city and Meadowhall shopping centre. Its location makes it the ideal place for people visiting the area but not wanting to stay in the hustle bustle of a city.
Real ale changed frequently is available along with Tetley's Cask, Stella, Carling and Strongbow. Also try a single Malt whisky or two!
Home cooked traditional foods are served. Why not try one of Dave's famous "Royal pies"?
Visited the Milestone on Mothers Day after being in for a drink a couple of weeks ago with friends. The atmosphere then was relaxed and chilled. The staff were very friendly and welcoming, so we thought it would be a good place to bring my mum and family for Mothers Day.
We went ahead and booked a table for 10. Our table was booked for 1PM, so we arrived half an hour early to have drinks. When we had all arrived we went and sat at our table. We were given menus to choose from. I had crab & prawn fishcakes (£9) for my main, which was beautiful, very flavoursome and well presented. My husband had the Sunday roast, which was beef with all the trimmings (£9). However, apart from the huge Yorkshire pudding on the plate the rest of the portions were quite small. The gravy was sweet which made the rest of the food taste sweet, however the beef was cooked to perfection. Whilst my husband was eating his meal he found what turned out to be an olive stone in his Yorkshire pudding! Luckily for him he was able to remove it from his mouth before he broke a tooth on it. We did ask the waitress why it was there but she just smiled before walking away slightly embarrassed.
Only 3 of us had desert, which comprised of fondant & chocolate pudding, which was to die for, 2 of us had the cheese selection, which in my opinion was average. The fruit bread that came with it was fab.
When we received the bill my sister said to make sure that we had only been charged for what we had had. She had checked out their website before coming and there was a comment on it about being charged for food that someone had not had. We were charged for 4 deserts not 3. We brought the mistake to their attention they went and checked on the computer, which took approx. 15 minutes to do so before they removed it from the bill.
Throughout the meal the table was not cleared of glasses that had been used, we ordered quite a number of drinks. They only cleared away the plates. Overall impression of the meal was average, I didn't feel the food was value for money. We would definitely go back to the pub for a drink but would not go back for a meal, especially for a special occasion.
Friendly staff, beautiful views, good portions of well-cooked food, real ale, great coffee...what more could you ask for? The perfect pub, parts of it are 12th Century (check out the main room's fireplace) and all of it is welcomingly old-fashioned, comfortable if a little shabby in places. Peacocks roam about outside, tables outside where you can take in the view of the dams and the hills. Best pub in Sheffield area? You bet.