Five of us went here for Christmas Dinner 2014. There were two elderly people with us in their 80s.
The Christmas dinner was really nice, moist turkey, crusty/soft roast potatoes etc... Staff friendly.
The only complaint was that whilst we were eating our Christmas pudding, a member of staff came over and asked us to hurry up and finish, as there was another group of people waiting for our table. This group of people were pointed out to us and they were sitting close to our table and constantly looking at us as if to say "hurry up".
The elderly gentleman at our table struggled to finish his pudding and eventually had to leave it, as he felt pressured. This meant we had to leave the table without receiving the promised final course of coffee and truffles, which was all a part of the Christmas meal deal we had booked for. The hurried finish to the end of the meal prevented us from chatting and rounding up our meal in a pleasant Christmassy way. There was no apology for this from staff.
When we went to settle our bill it was still not mentioned and, had it not been for one of our group mentioning that we had not received our coffee and truffles, we would have been charged full price.
I had planned to book there again next Christmas because it is a convenient location for friends and family, but this will not be happening now.
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.