Went for a 5-6 hour walk around ford. Called in at numerous pubs from The Gate at Troway to The Swan at Ridgeway which were all great friendly pubs but then we fell upon the Phoenix: non smoking, busy but comfortable, great food and pleasant staff. "Shall we stay or move on," we asked at every watering hole. "Move on" was the reply at all the other pubs but not the Phoenix.
What was supposed to be a 5 hour stroll was cut short by the "holdability" of the Phoenix. Fresh cut citrus fruit for drinks, staff efficiency, a large grassed area for kids to play, a massive patio for parents to keep an eye out, select beers, fantastic knowledge of house wines and good clean home cooked food.
10/10 from 6 keen beer drinking men and the same from 6 very keen wine swilling women.
The Hare & Hounds has changed a lot since I first visited it two years ago. Back then there were two separate rooms. The pub has since been knocked through and refurnished by owners Burtonwood Brewery. It now has a clean, spacious bar and is tastefully decorated.
The range of beers served is better than before, with all the popular lagers from Carling to Kronenbourg 1664. It has Burtonwood's beers, the names of which I can't remember, apart from Top Hat (a strong beer!).
The Hare & Hounds has special nights with karaokes most weekends. They also have a pool team (who were winning last time I visited!).
If you're looking for a nice village pub with all the mod cons, look no further!
Taken from an article written by Albert Jackson published in Sheffield CAMRA's "Beer Matters" magazine.
Pat and Eddy are not strangers to this award; their continuing success is due to the popularity of the Gardeners and quality of service they give. Timothy Taylor's is the House beer, their well-kept Landlord supported by up to nine other rotating beers and porters.
You can savour the atmosphere of the snug, which is also the smoke free room, the lounge or the conservatory (available for private parties and meetings), while in fair weather; the beer garden overlooks the River Don.
The bar area is also smoke free and in keeping with the increasing trend, swearing is not tolerated.
Another unique feature of the pub is the conservation theme - The Gardeners Rest hatched and reared a batch of trout, before releasing them into the Don.
Regular activities include their popular Quiz Night on a Sunday, music, provided by local artists on Thursdays and Saturdays, the popular Bar Billiards.
The Gardener's is also host to various clubs, including chess, amateur dramatics, local history and many others.
A very unique feature of this splendid pub is the various maps which adorn the walls showing were some people have travelled from to partake in a quick beverage.
Always a popular venue, we hope you can come along to enjoy the evening with us, if not go along as soon as you can.