The Rutland Arms is becoming a disappointment. Last time I visited two of the beers were not available and within the past month friends have visited and found that there was no real ale at all. The only beer was bottled, or else lager (shudder).
I've never been to one of the live music events, but for an average Saturday night out it is a bit overrated. There are no beers or lagers on draught and so expensive bottled beers are mandatory. The extractor fans were not adequate for the amount of smoke in the air when I visited and so the atmosphere was thick in some places, which is unusual for a city centre bar. In contrast, the music was a breath of fresh air - Green Room seems to play all types of music from the last few decades instead of the usual RnB that you find in most other bars in the city centre. The decor left a lot to be desired. "Cosy" would be one way to describe it, but "tatty" would probably be more accurate! Antiquated artexing and empty picture hooks adorn the walls and the furniture has seen better days. I was taken to Green Room by a friend, and whilst it was far from the worst bar I've been in, I expected better.
I found the pub a little bit of an anticlimax. I went because of the "legendary" 'Rodger and Out' beer, only to find that it is no longer brewed! The drinks were OK if a little overpriced and the staff didn't seem even remotely bothered about the quality of service! The manager was nowhere to be found and nobody could help when I asked about the 'Rodger and Out'. I also found that the stage was a bit overbearing and made the place even smaller then it already is. Overall I'd give it a 3/10. There are better pubs around with cheaper prices and better quality service.
Good quality food and large portions. The kids' play area is very large and keeps our son occupied while we eat. The staff are reasonably friendly and the place is family orientated. Would recommend to people with young children.
This pub is well worth a visit. A village pub with contemporary twist, the pub landlord (Ade) goes out of his way to make both regulars and visitors feel welcome. When we visited they had on entertainment and the pub was very busy being a Friday night. The landlord and his family took time to bring homemade sandwiches round offering them free to all, chatting and spending time meeting new faces. I had family visiting from Scotland and they couldn't believe how nice this pub was - friendly, clean and welcoming, it's a gem!
We went to the Old Horns Inn on lunchtime of Sunday 27th August 2006 with my mother and her friend. We got a table and waited for my father and his friend who were walking to the pub to arrive. The first I knew of their arrival was when the landlord came charging out of the kitchen bellowing at my father as he had walking boots on. My father had no problem with taking his boots off, but as there was no sign requesting this, a polite request would have been sufficient (for the record, his boots were as clean as anyone else's shoes).
My girlfriend and I both ordered simple cheese & pickle sandwiches on white bread and the other four ordered various meat and cheese sandwiches on brown bread. On the first bite of my sandwich I was met with a terrible taste of chemicals (think toilet cleaner or Windolene - or both!). I thought at first it might just be a particularly strong pickle and tried another mouthful, but it was really awful. I asked my girlfriend how hers was, and she said 'it tastes of chemicals'! A couple of others at the table tried the sandwiches and agreed that they were very unpleasant.
In typical English fashion, I was just going to leave the food and say nothing about it. However, my father decided to take the plates back. The woman behind the bar said "where do you think you are going with those sandwiches"! He explained that they tasted very bad, and so she took them back into the kitchen. About a minute later the landlord came steaming out of the kitchen (again!), slammed £4.20 on the table and said "There's NOTHING wrong with it. It's the LASHINGS of pickle YOU put on it" and stormed off without another word.
Now call me crazy, but it's pretty easy to make a cheese sandwich, and pretty hard to get it wrong. If two customers say that a sandwich has a nasty chemically taste, then just accept that they are right and bring a new sandwich. As it happens, I'll never ever go back to the Old Horns Inn and neither will my parents or their friends. Hopefully, after reading my review, neither will you! There is absolutely no advantage in treating paying customers like that for the sake of two cheese sandwiches...
I'll give the pub 2/10 as the view from the restaurant is nice (providing the angry landlord isn't blocking your view!).
Just as a quick follow up to my previous review: my mother has just called to say what happened after me and my girlfriend left the premises.
As my parents and their friends left, the landlord AGAIN charged out of the kitchen and said "WHAT DID YOU SAY?". My mother said that she had merely commented that it was a shame the service and food was so bad because the pub and location was nice.
Amazingly, the landlord got right up in her face and shouted "YOU COME HERE WITH YOUR MUDDY BOOTS AND MESS UP MY CARPET AND COMPLAIN ABOUT THE FOOD - F**K OFF BACK TO THE CITY"!
Seriously, if you're going to this pub and you don't turn up in a combine harvester, this lunatic landlord will think you are one of "them there fancy lollin' city folks" and give you a load of abuse. Avoid like the plague!
I was at the Sherwood on Saturday the 17th of June when the annual carnival was on. Much to my surprise the chef was in the car park spit-roasting an entire pig, the atmosphere was good and the food reasonably priced. The chef even allowed me to carve my own meat .10 out of 10.
Excellent beer and good food served in a relaxed atmosphere filled with, surprisingly, an equal mix of students and locals. Shame the pool table needs levelling but otherwise a good place to stop in for a pint and/or a meal.
Taken from an article written by Heather Lindley published in Sheffield CAMRA's "Beer Matters" magazine.
The Silver Fox is a large pub set back from the main Manchester Road (B6088) on the western outskirts of Stocksbridge. It derives its name from the local steel works and was built in 1964. It has two large bars with a full-sized pool table, jukebox, self-contained disco and dance floor in the lounge. The smaller bar known locally as the "Posh Side" allows you to get away from the many activities which are held daily and just visit the Fox for a quite drink. John and Sandra, the landlord and landlady, took over its running two years ago and have gradually introduced a varied and interesting range of cask beers to supplement the standard provisions of eight standard beers and lagers. The local clientele have taken to these developments, partly as a result of the support of local CAMRA subversive activists. (John's right arm goes automatically into a half-Nelson when a certain Membership Secretary now enters).
Since John introduced cask ales, there has been a lively interest from both regulars and new customers. He is keen to promote real ale drinking and fully supports CAMRA's aims. The bar staff are happy to offer taster glasses of guest beers on request. Since the introduction of cask ales just over a year ago John now regularly offers two choices that change weekly. In the past these have included Batemans XD, the full Theakston range, Marston's Pedigree, The Rev James, Spitfire, and Old Tom to name but a few. For December, John has enlisted the help of Thornbridge Brewery, with their award winning Jaipur going on offer.
John and Sandra create a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere and promote events for the regulars and visitors every evening of the week. They have recently held their annual fundraising events for NABD, the Disabled Bikers charity raising over £1,450. The more adventurous events include the twice-yearly "Western Weekend" where the whole pub is decorated and given over to the Western theme. Live bands are a main feature of the Silver Fox, with groups such as Frank White, Hummingbirds, Stormbringer, Vamp, Motus, Steve French Band, Blitz and Boogachawooga all gracing the excellent stage on Friday and Saturday nights and getting the dance floor buzzing. I particularly like the Silver Fox because it is so unusual today to find a real ale pub with regular (free) live blues and rock bands and a reasonably sized dance floor to boogie the night away. It also makes an excellent venue to hire for parties, meetings etc...
At quieter times customers can relax over the homemade food served daily at lunch and evening times. The Silver Fox is a real part of the local community and offers a friendly welcome to new and old visitors alike.
The Silver Fox can easily be reached on buses 57 and 58, which run at half-hourly intervals from the Sheffield Interchange. When you enter Stocksbridge just ask the driver for the Fox he will drop you right outside.