Just moved into the area and naturally tried the local. Tried the food on two different visits and was very disappointed.
The first meal was dry and tasted like it had been plated up for a long time, then put in a microwave.
The second was a sirloin steak. I could not cut 50% of the meat even with the steak knife. When I complained, the disinterested lady cook argued about the quality and asked me what I wanted - desert for free was the only option - but no money back.
The tables are left dirty after people have left - food waste, paper waste etc... Staff walk around aimlessly collecting glasses, but no table cleaning. Badly managed pub.
I visited the Tap and Barrel after a difficult day of being alone on my 68th birthday, plus a lot of frustrating work. The landlady was very kind to me, without any condescension.
I had a couple of great pints and a whisky. I accidentally spilled the whisky and she replaced it without charging me. I tried to pay, but it was no use. Her plain generosity was very heartening for me.
After that, I started talking with some other old bloke, and we naturally solved the world's problems.
This is a great little pub, with a landlady who is probably the nicest I've ever met.
I had heard very good things about this pub. I was very disappointed: long waits at the bar, dirty, rude staff with unclean clothes, greasy hair and looking under the influence of substances.
My party all ordered meals together. However, as the dirty chef put the meals on the table it was announced that my choice had run out. It was difficult to get a refund for my non-existent meal. Also no apologies, and poor response from management.
Can't understand why people on some review sites rave about this pub.
We found this pub on the web and visited for lunch when visiting Sheffield. We needed to find a pub that welcomed dogs and this proved to be a good choice. Good home made food, welcoming staff, nice walks in the local area, good value for money. We will certainly visit again when next in the Sheffield area.
It is obviously very popular with dog owners and it makes a pleasant change to be able to have your dog with you when you eat and not left alone in the car.
Absolutely shocking service. Booked a table for Sunday lunch four days prior to our visit. When our party of six arrived they said there was no booking. They made no attempt to apologise or seat us elsewhere, they just gave us some menus to look at as we were sat in the bar.
Food took ages to come out and when it did, whilst it was hot the quality was poor. My mother asked to speak to the landlord and the waitress said he would come over to see us. He never showed. Pathetic.
Heard good things about this place but we thought it was shocking. Wouldn't go back, rather have a microwave meal.
Been today, 21st August 2014. After half hour wait, the two meals were very disappointing.
OK, two for £6. But usually use Peacock (Stannington), Old Horns (Bradfield), are really good value. Large meals, too much sometimes.
But the liver meal, and pork dinner, were disgusting. My husband's pork was fatty and greasy, my portion of liver was 3-4 strips. One roast potato. Hardly any gravy on pork. Will not be using this pub again.