Really welcoming, great pub, with excellent ambience. Actually owned by the local Stancill Brewery, so it always has the full range of their cask beers, properly kept -- the ginger being my fave; the blonde being a great staple -- and nice & cheap (£2.50 across the board).
I rang yesterday lunchtime to ask if the monthly folk club was on that night, to be answered by a super-friendly manageress (Ashley) who said she'd ring the guy who runs the club, and then she rang me back. Now that's service. So I turned up to a candle-lit lovely atmosphere and a great night all round.
Chatting to Ashley, it turns out she used to be a nurse, so she's sort-of transferred her "caring" skills to make a top job of running a pub -- this one only for the past six months, since Stancill took it on.
I'll be going every month to the folk club; shame it isn't on my doorstep to be my local.
Terrible place... dirty little pub. Toilets smell and bar staff would rather chat to "friends" than serve other members of the public! It's like they have no idea of running a pub. Better suited to a B&B - less customer contact required.
Went with a party of 36 to The Peacock at lunchtime. It was apparent that extensive redecoration had taken place recently. The atmosphere was excellent, as was the food. Service could not have been better. The food was hot. Service continued at a good pace so no one was left waiting. This continued through all courses the waitress and waiter were polite and could not have been more helpful.
No one in our party had a bad word to say about the food or service.
Just had lunch of fish, chips and peas. Nothing good to say about the meal. Worst pub food I have ever had. Chips, although home made, were under-done and tasteless. Chips should be crispy on the outside and fluffy in the middle. Fish not fresh but frozen. Golden batter was very dark brown, not golden, and stodgy inside. Don't know what the fish was but I am sure it wasn't cod or haddock. Peas - very small portion of cold mushy peas. Portion size of the meal was that of a child's meal, which, considering the quality of the food, that was more than enough.
Assume staff must be aware of how awful the food was, as not once was either my husband or I asked if everything was OK.
Came to Sheffield to Tramlines earlier this year and so this is a belated review! We were really impressed by the welcome both from the landlady and her team but also from the locals. The beer was well kept and great value. The music was great and dancing almost matched it for quality and energy - we were on roll because of the festival music and the locals joined in and a good time was had by all.
The mystery of why pay £4 for a pint of coloured water in the festival when you could get a good pint for almost half that in this excellent pub is beyond me. In fact you could have stayed here and still heard the music! This is a true community pub - chapeau!
Will be back again next year when we come up for Tramlines.
As a restaurant, the Fairways can not be faulted. Their carvery is excellent, especially the beef, which is so tender you can cut it with a fork.
In previous years it was also a welcoming pub to meet up with friends for a drink. Not so now, as after 9PM when meals finish, drinkers are no longer so welcome, with drinkers hurried out so they can close early.
On a Sunday it is advisable to book, as it gets very busy for meals. If you just want a drink, expect to be asked to move if you are sat at a table.
Been for lunch today and the food was great. Good sized portions and all fresh. I would highly recommend it to anyone. I will certainly be going again. Staff are lovely as well, really friendly and welcoming.
Hello, I visited the Royal Oak, or The Pond as we locals call it, and as usual I asked for a pint of Carling. I ask for that as I know that the beer in this pub is hardly ever worth trying, as it is badly kept.
Last night in particular was a classic example of how this pub is managed. It has at least four beer pumps on the bar and three were out of action, as there was no beer. The one pump in action could not be used, as the beer had not settled and was being pulled cloudy. There was, as I was informed, no Guinness, either.
The bar staff had to ring the licencee, who was sat at home, to bring down a barrel of John Smith's to serve. Not everyone likes Smith's, I for one do not, but I do know it travels well and is usually a good standby if you just want a quick drink and be on your way.
I use this pub to meet up with friends two or three times a week, as the only other pub open when I want to use it is full of younger end and loud music, not my thing. Sadly I shall have to find another watering hole and a landlord that deserves to have my hard-earned cash.