Here we go, review of 2018 which starts in February and continues throughout the year and my winners are picked in December 2018 – 8th and 9th. I will be visiting my Top10 pubs during these 2 days.
- 1st – Rutland Arms
- 2nd – Shakespeare
- 3rd – Ecclesall Ale Club
- 4th – Bar Stewards
- 5th – New Barrack Tavern
- 6th – Beer Engine
- 7th – White Lion
- 8th – Itchy Pig
- 9th – Harelquin
- 10th – Wellington
My shortlist of Pub of the Year include:
Last years top 10:
- Rutland Arms
- Beer engine
- White Lion
- New Barrack Tavern
- Hallamshire House
- Fat Cat
- Sheffield Tap
The other 10 are:
- Bar Stewards (NEW)
- The Old Workshop (NEW)
- Itchy Pig
- Gardeners Rest
- The Alehouse (NEW)
- Ecclesall Ale Club (NEW)
- Kelham Island Tavern
- Rising Sun
- Commercial (NEW)
- Beer House
My other categories include:
Sheffield Brewery of the year : This year goes to Abbeydale Brewery, for me they have been very consistent this year and produced some fabulous beers, and also loving some of their pump clips. Heathen on cask was one of my highlights this year. The Funk Dungeon range has been another highlight and the FunkFest in August in the brewery was also something that hopefully they will do again.
Micro pub of the year: A close call between Beer House on Eccy Rd and the winner this year Itchy Pig, based in Broomhill this lovely little pub offers a handful of cask and the same again on keg, you will find they also do a few tap takeovers especially Brew York. If you have not been then pop along you will enjoy the pub.
Thornbridge pub of the year: For me this is my favourite is Stags Head, usually on my weekend walks when I go up Eccy Rd and round the back of Sharrow and up to this pub. Staff are always friendly for a busy pub, food is also nice.
Drink of the year: this was when I was in Rutland Arms in August – Evil Twin – Everyday once a day, give yourself an IPA – 9%
Best new pub: not decided on this one yet
Best beer garden of the year: Again the winner for me is The Crown Inn at Heeley, the beer garden in the summer is full of flower beds, its like a garden centre.
Best Sheffield beer festival of the year: Again it was Sunfest at Rising Sun, a great range of ales for a pub beer festival, they have the right size car park to hold this. With me being diagnosed as a diabetic this award wont be on next years list as beer festivals are a no no for me now.
Best beer board: Everyone is talking about it this year, The Gardeners Rest board, always never in a straight line and colours are all-over the place, it does the job and gets people talking on social media.
Best brewery outside of Sheffield:
Most friendly bar staff: This year it is the whole of the staff at The Museum pub, always have a smile on their face even when they are very busy.
Most improved pub: New Barrack Tavern for their new bottle/can area, range is good and now when there you can either have one of their 10+ cask range, they also starting to get more keg ales in as well, plus for me some 0% lagers.
Best Keg pub/bar : a new category for me and there are a few pubs in Sheffield now doing keg, so the winner is Bar Stewards, their range to start with was on the safe side of the % but now you expect 8%+ ones on.
Best Moonshine served in a pub : I have been trying Moonshine for most of this year to try and find the best ale served in a pub, this is a good session ale and the winner for me in The White Lion at Heeley.
Best hidden gem of a pub/bar : a new category for me as I like to promote hidden gems of pubs and this year the winner for me is Dorothy Pax, situated by the Victoria Quays behind Hilton Hotel, sometimes gets over looked as no one probably thinks there is a pub there, they don’t do food but they do have music nights and are open 7 days a week from 12.00