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.
Located on Penistone Road next to Owlerton stadium, it is very easy to get to on local transport etc... I recommend the pop quiz on Thursday nights, it is music right across the 'pop spectrum', free to play and £12.00 to the winner! There is also "Alan's play your cards right" afterwards, the winner took home nearly £500 the other week.
This suburban pub serves a healthy mixture of locals and passing visitors, old and young, the intelligentsia and the intellectually challenged. It's what a public house should be - open to all. The ales, lagers, wines, spirits and soft drinks are all fairly priced and well-kept in comparison with other establishments. The lunch menu is tasty and reasonably priced. There are popular quiz nights on Sundays and Tuesdays and the Banner's own football team is legendary. The landlord team - Janet and Roger - run a tight ship with a supportive staff - including head barman the dashing Les. This is what you call a proper pub and long may it prosper.
The Richmond recently welcomed a new landlord. Mr Jonathon Butt, local lad made good, is now host of this traditional hotel which still exudes a bygone charm. On a recent visit I sampled several excellent pints of well kept Stones and noted a large selection of beers and lagers. The pub provides various entertainments throughout the week and will be a venue for live cabaret and music, as well as live sports on cable and satellite TV. It is understood that the pub is likely to re-establish as a quality food venue in the future. Watch this space! In the mean time I would like to nominate the Richmond Hotel as "Pub of the Month" due to the efforts already made to restore the hotel to its former glory.
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.