My Yorkshire bride and I honeymooned at the Strines Inn, 1993! Being from Miami, Florida, you can imagine how remarkably different the experience was for me... absolutely terrific! The four-poster bed, copper bed-warmer, walls so thick we could put a pillow in the window-frame, sit in it and gaze out at the reservoir, foley, other great views...as I recall...memory is a little vague, but think I got the views right.
We went for pleasant country walks, dined on fine, honest pub fare served by pleasant staff in a friendly atmosphere. Hand pulled bitter, right? My favourite! Never, ever, will I get a pint like that in America!
We later lived in Longley, Sheffield, and would often drive out to the Strines for a pint and a meal... drawn always by the wondrous surrounding countryside, Ladybower dam, etc...
By the way, if any other Yanks (The Yorkshire blokes used to say my wife was a Yank too, one Yank and her knickers came down!!! LOL) see this, the dam and reservoir were the setting for the film, "Dam Busters." The history of the terrible flood... oh, I could go on and on, I was so enamoured of Strines... loved it so.
I've since returned to America, my Yorkshire Lass passed away, God rest her marvellous soul. Hello to Joan, her sister, and all my friends there, if you ever read this. God Bless you all, Stuart.
Rang to enquire whether a table could be booked - quick answer NO - and before I could make any further enquiries the young man had put the phone down and off he had gone.
Disappointed, but will not be trying again, as I wanted to take someone who is visiting Sheffield from out of town next Saturday and needed to know we could get a meal. I imagine it would have been a very good meal, we will now have to rethink our night out.
Having been run down a bit over recent months, it was nice to see the place had been taken over by a new owner.
Food is back on, which has been missing over the last few months and it's really nice. There is a carvery on Sundays, which was very busy when we visited and the normal menu is on every day, with a lunchtime special menu, which is really good value. A good family pub for food but still a nice place to relax and have a few glasses of wine and chat with friends.
Overall a good experience and it's on my doorstep which makes it even better!
The Big Tree is a great place with a great atmosphere, despite all the horror stories that it had been renowned for. I have attended there on the odd occasion since I was younger and have always felt welcome by all the staff employed there.
My friends and I mostly took pleasure in dining there due to the really cheap menu and high standard of cuisine. It also has a pool table and regularly screens the Premiership football matches of the weekend, or if you're an avid Blades fan - Sheffield United matches (usually drawing in the Sheffield United fans of the surrounding area).
All in all it is great value for money and I would recommend paying it a visit.
I've been a fairly regular customer at the Benjamin Huntsman for at least five years, calling perhaps a couple of times a month; being able to choose from a wide range of real ales, at low prices is rare, and that's what attracts me to the pub.
However, on Sunday 28 October 2007 I called in on my own at around 1PM. Over the following two hours I probably had three or four pints, didn't talk to anyone, in fact never said a word, except "pint of Abbot please". I guess I probably made my way up and down the two flights of stairs a couple of times (without incidence) during that time, but on approaching the bar for another pint, a female member of staff refused to serve me because I was "drunk".
I'm 42 and been drinking beer since being 18 years old, and never been refused a drink for appearing drunk. It's left me bewildered and wondering how someone who is on their own, not talking to anyone, not being obnoxious, falling into people etc..., can be considered bad custom.
I suppose I'll never find out, but it makes me apprehensive about going there again.