MCB Summer Social 2013
Altogether 16 MCB members and friends met in the Sheffield Tap at 11.00 and most of us started the day with one of the very good beers made by the Tapped Brew Co in the small brewery at one end of the premises. We then took the tram to the Langsett Primrose stop that is adjacent to the Hillsborough Hotel, arriving not long after opening time. Several of the Wood Street brewery beers were available here plus a few guests. Sitting outside in the warm sunshine sipping gently at our beer made a very pleasant introduction to the day proper.
The longest walk of the day was to the Gardeners Rest in Neepsend Lane where we found, as anticipated, a fine selection of beer. Some of us drank inside and a lucky few found a seat on the terrace outside, once again in more warm sunshine. It was here that we decided to modify the itinerary in order to stay away from the city centre, because of the EDL march and its heavy police presence.
Another longish, but easy, walk took us to the Shakespeare where the excellent selection of draught and quality bottled beers was much appreciated. The Kelham Island Tavern is not far away and there we found another fine selection of beer. Another great pub – the Wellington – is quite close and here we did full justice to the wide range of beer.
Another tram ride took us back to the West Street stop. By now our group was diminishing in size as trains home had to be caught. The final pub in the afternoon session was the nearby Devonshire Cat in Wellington Street. All the other pubs we visited had been of the older, traditional type, but the Devonshire is very different, being modern and more like a large wine bar. However, it stocks a good range of well-kept real ales and made an interesting contrast with the others.
Although most of the remaining group finished here, some of us were staying in Sheffield overnight and we ended up in the Old White Lion and/or the Sheaf View. Both of these are traditional, well worth a visit, and located in the south of the city, about 12 minutes walk from the Copthorne Hotel in Bramall Lane.
In summary, a very good day out, with warm sunshine, excellent beer, good company, and low prices by the standards of where most of us come from. Plenty of beers under £2.80, and a few were under £2.50. My star buy was a 6% IPA in the Shakespeare for £3.