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.
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.
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!