Around ten years ago this was a vibrant pub, good food and very friendly service, with a landlord who delivered the goods to punters.
As I recall, we'd often be unable to get served on a Saturday as the place was heaving. The pub-quiz on a Thursday was almost bursting, and you had to grab a seat around eight - These days you can easily grab a seat minutes before, and the pub is still quite bare.
Sadly, time has not been good for the Yellow Lion since the landlord change. Staff turnover is high, and the landlord quite distant and frankly doesn't have his fingers on the pub as he should.
The beer is of good quality, and some smashing real-ales to be had, but over-priced.
Food is of poor standard fayre, but does seem to be homemade, as opposed to the standard bung-in-the-microwave meals many family pubs are. The menu is average, and the food just as similar. Prices are OK, and if you're after a basic, quick meal for the family, it will be fine. If you're taking someone out for something a little better then avoid. One thing to avoid is their pies! A spoonful of meat filling, topped with claggy mash and gravy, and dry, over-cooked peas seem to be their speciality!
For over a year the toilets stunk, until they were moved toward the back of the pub, and now almost inaccessible, though much cleaner.
Just to give you a feeling of the pub, or rather the neglect of the landlord, their "Christmas Meal" banner remained up all year round outside of the pub for three years! So judge of that what you will.
I visited the Hillsborough Hotel with 4 friends in October 2007 for the fist time and was really impressed with the friendly staff, superb selection, and quality ales. In fact I was so impressed that I am going back to stay for a weekend this October and can't wait.
I was walking along Penistone Road when I happened upon a delightful pub called the New Barrack Tavern. I went in for a spot of lunch and a pint of the spectacular real ale. I was immediately greeted by the friendly landlord and lady. My food was served by a beautiful and efficient young lady by the name of Katie. I went outside and was impressed by the wonderful beer garden. In summary, excellent beer, food. A lovely family atmosphere. 5 stars
Simply 'the best homemade pub grub I have ever tasted in Sheffield'. You may be thinking high praise indeed, but I can honestly say in my twenty plus years experience of Sheffield dinning my tastebuds have never exploded in raptures over such delectable freshly prepared food at a standard pub meal price, and if that wasn't enough there is the added bonuses of real ale and superb staff! How do they do it?
Having taken a party of nine ranging in age from 2 to 78 we were all made to feel very relaxed and welcome by very friendly and competent staff (kitchen and bar).
My recommendation is, if you like processed food, no atmosphere, poor beer and grumpy, unhelpful staff you'll really hate The Strines. However, if you like to be treated with consideration by courteous staff (even if to your amazement your fussy 2-year-old has just demolished a plate of delectable local sausages and demanding dessert very loudly! Sorry!) who serve not only great ale but also superb home-cooked food located in breathtaking countryside then The Strines is the place to go.
Like the gentleman that travels from Rotherham, I too come from Rotherham to take my elderly father for a drink and we have always found a very warm friendly welcoming place. Everyone chats and lets you join in their conversations. An excellent place to go - we've yet to try one of the famous Sunday lunches.
Very disappointing, we had to ask specifically for a veggie menu for my daughter, and this consisted of 2 pasta and 2 tart dishes. The vegetable pasta linguini chosen was very bland and came with 2 poached eggs on top (not mentioned on menu).
My son's Thai green curry was quite good and my father in law's steak pie was lovely. However, his chips were more like potato wedges, far too thick and were very bland and tasteless. My wife ordered Lamb chops well done. These came undercooked and very pink on the inside. I ordered pan roast duck breast and it was like eating pan roast old boots. When I spoke to the waitress about it she was totally unconcerned.
I'd not been in this pub for about 12 years. It's not changed - it's still a proper boozer. The Deuchar's was spot on and I got a round of drinks and 4 roast sarnies for under £12. I miss the Wards bitter though. It made me want to move back to Sheffield!
A convenient and comfortable city centre venue whose offerings include good real ales and very reasonably priced food. Also friendly staff who take your orders after you're seated and deliver them to you.