If there was a 'Worst Pub in Britain Guide' the Fox & Duck in Broomhill, Sheffield, would be a very strong contender to take the top award.
My husband and I had arranged to meet our 2 daughters there for a drink before going on for a meal. I went to sit down whilst my husband got the drinks. He pointed to a table in the window so I went there. The chairs didn't look particularly inviting, as two out of the 4 has tears in them and were covered in grey duct tape to hide other tears.
A gentleman - no, sorry an elderly male - who had entered the same time as us came over and went to sit down on the chair next to me. I politely explained that it was taken. He then went to sit in one of the others at the table, so I explained that they were also taken, as my daughters would be along shortly. He stood there for a good 10 seconds staring at me and made me feel very uncomfortable. He then went to look for another seat. There were very few people in the pub and plenty of spare tables but he made this appear like a Herculean task.
My husband came and joined me with the drinks and this prompted the aforementioned male to go and speak loudly to the bar staff about reserved seats. I'd had enough by now and told my husband we were moving to another table. He immediately went to sit in the seats we'd vacated.
My daughters arrived in about 10 minutes and went to the bar where they were the only ones waiting. At first they were totally ignored, but after a while one of the males deigned to tell the female member of staff in an offhand manner to serve them. After serving them, my elder daughter took the drinks over to the table and my younger daughter stood at the bar with a £20 ready to pay. She was completely ignored again and my other daughter had to come back from the table to pay.
Visited recently with friends for a first visit, we returned two days later such was the quality of the real ale (Bradfield Brewery) and service.
The pub is clean and tidy and the staff not only attentive but knowledgeable. As the Bradfield Brewery tap we were expecting good things from their beers, we were not disappointed. Between us we tried all the beers (5) being served, all of them were bright, crisp and full of flavour and character.
The food looked appetising and fresh and one of the group had eaten at the Nag's before and commented on the high quality of the food being served. The beer garden is pleasant although just an extension of the car park. The farm next door does produce its own odours though!
All in all a great pub which we will definitely be revisiting.
After over a half-hour drive in the pouring down rain, we eventually unloaded the kids and went into pub to be faced with not only a set of rules for children to abide by but no highchairs or child seating whatsoever.
Very disappointed. Do not go unless your children are of the seen and not heard variety, as requested on the rules board.
I have visited this pub on numerous occasions. I usually settle for the Thornbridge ales. These ales are always distinctive and enjoyable.
However on my last visit I tried a pint of Czech lager (Bernard). It was dispensed completely flat and tasted oxidised. I complained to the barman, who was abrupt and rude. The manager eventually came and informed me it was meant to taste that way!
I work in a brewery so was unconvinced by his excuses. He refused me a refund even though I only consumed a mouthful.
Needless to say I won't be returning to this pub after such shocking customer service.
Probably my favourite Sheffield pub, although it won't be to everyone's taste. It's very old fashioned with only 1 lager on tap. It does however have a good range of real ale and it's the home of Little Ale Cart brewery, whose beers are to be found only here and at the Wellie's sister pub in Worcester. Little Ale Cart do a lot of pale hoppy beers so if that's your taste you'll be happy here.
The staff are very knowledgeable and very friendly, as are the punters. As to the prices, I took some mates from Essex there a few months ago and they were astonished to find beers from their local brewer a pound cheaper then they could find them near the brewery! The Wellie may have its eccentricities but that's why we love the place.