The Richmond recently welcomed a new landlord. Mr Jonathon Butt, local lad made good, is now host of this traditional hotel which still exudes a bygone charm. On a recent visit I sampled several excellent pints of well kept Stones and noted a large selection of beers and lagers. The pub provides various entertainments throughout the week and will be a venue for live cabaret and music, as well as live sports on cable and satellite TV. It is understood that the pub is likely to re-establish as a quality food venue in the future. Watch this space! In the mean time I would like to nominate the Richmond Hotel as "Pub of the Month" due to the efforts already made to restore the hotel to its former glory.
Went for a 5-6 hour walk around ford. Called in at numerous pubs from The Gate at Troway to The Swan at Ridgeway which were all great friendly pubs but then we fell upon the Phoenix: non smoking, busy but comfortable, great food and pleasant staff. "Shall we stay or move on," we asked at every watering hole. "Move on" was the reply at all the other pubs but not the Phoenix.
What was supposed to be a 5 hour stroll was cut short by the "holdability" of the Phoenix. Fresh cut citrus fruit for drinks, staff efficiency, a large grassed area for kids to play, a massive patio for parents to keep an eye out, select beers, fantastic knowledge of house wines and good clean home cooked food.
10/10 from 6 keen beer drinking men and the same from 6 very keen wine swilling women.
Went for a meal and it was totally ruined by barbeque sauce being poured over the pork spare ribs! No mention of the sauce on the menu board! The manager (well he wore the suit) cleared the table and didn't bother to ask if we had enjoyed our meal! I had to make a point of complaining about the BBQ sauce. He assumed we were complaining about the sauce-encrusted pile of bones on our plates! Told us that they had received loads of complaints about the pork ribs and that they were expecting a new batch! As he walked away from us he told us that it wasn't their fault! Certainly wasn't ours either!
We had paid £10.95 per head, and seeing as the revolting hot BBQ sauce had dribbled all over my meal, most of it went back! Definitely not impressed with (A) the false description of the "pork spare ribs" and (B) the attitude of the "manager" as regards customer service and satisfaction. I wasn't looking for a refund but the apology only followed on after the explanation that it wasn't their fault!
The Hare & Hounds has changed a lot since I first visited it two years ago. Back then there were two separate rooms. The pub has since been knocked through and refurnished by owners Burtonwood Brewery. It now has a clean, spacious bar and is tastefully decorated.
The range of beers served is better than before, with all the popular lagers from Carling to Kronenbourg 1664. It has Burtonwood's beers, the names of which I can't remember, apart from Top Hat (a strong beer!).
The Hare & Hounds has special nights with karaokes most weekends. They also have a pool team (who were winning last time I visited!).
If you're looking for a nice village pub with all the mod cons, look no further!
Taken from an article written by Albert Jackson published in Sheffield CAMRA's "Beer Matters" magazine.
Pat and Eddy are not strangers to this award; their continuing success is due to the popularity of the Gardeners and quality of service they give. Timothy Taylor's is the House beer, their well-kept Landlord supported by up to nine other rotating beers and porters.
You can savour the atmosphere of the snug, which is also the smoke free room, the lounge or the conservatory (available for private parties and meetings), while in fair weather; the beer garden overlooks the River Don.
The bar area is also smoke free and in keeping with the increasing trend, swearing is not tolerated.
Another unique feature of the pub is the conservation theme - The Gardeners Rest hatched and reared a batch of trout, before releasing them into the Don.
Regular activities include their popular Quiz Night on a Sunday, music, provided by local artists on Thursdays and Saturdays, the popular Bar Billiards.
The Gardener's is also host to various clubs, including chess, amateur dramatics, local history and many others.
A very unique feature of this splendid pub is the various maps which adorn the walls showing were some people have travelled from to partake in a quick beverage.
Always a popular venue, we hope you can come along to enjoy the evening with us, if not go along as soon as you can.