Sheffield’s Real Heritage Pubs
Shortlisted – British Guild of Beer Writers’ Annual Awards 2018
The cover of this superb book makes you want to the jump on the first train or bus to Sheffield to be wrapped around by the White Lion’s tiles, beams, wooden floors and oak bar groaning with hand pumps. The sign at the end of the corridor says it all “Welcome!” – Roger Protz
Sheffield’s pub heritage seems to have suffered more than most from the modernising carnage of the post-1960s era. Large numbers of its pubs fell into the hands of Bass and Whitbread while John Smith’s strengthened their hold before themselves being taken over by Courage. Swathes of refurbishment were inflicted on a wide scale and even the local companies that survived a little longer, like S.H.Wards, succumbed with no less vigour to the same fashions. The last thirty years has seen some reversing of this trend, as under the influence of the 1989 beer orders, most pubs are now not directly owned by the local brewery. The influence of Wetherspoon is also important. A number of Victorian buildings – banks, cinemas and offices – have also been converted into pubs: the architecture is saved and positive use is made of the building. In addition, a more recent trend has seen some old industrial buildings becoming pubs.