The third stop on our Nottsbrew pub crawl brought us to a haven of tranquillity that is the multi-award winning Kelham Island Tavern, yet another beautiful pub in this industrial landscape.
The external appearance of a pub is my litmus test for the overall standard of care and hygiene, and I must say that the striking frontage is quite a picture with well kept hanging baskets and window boxes.
I warmed to The Kelham Island Tavern immediately. Funny isn’t it that it’s so often the absence of stuff that makes the greater impact on a pub’s ambience? No music, no bandits, and no electronic games – oh and no swearing (according to a notice at the bar).
A pleasant hubbub of conversation from a mixture of clientele, many of whom were enjoying their lunch (the pub has a separate dining area). I can’t find a food menu online but I did note that there was quite a diverse specials board.
With an extensive selection of cask ales, four regulars and nine guests, several craft kegs, ciders and perries, you won’t be spoiled for choice. The prices for both beer and food are so cheap that I reckon it probably pays for the price of a train ticket from Nottingham!
There’s no doubt that The Kelham Island Tavern is something really special. Quiz night, beer garden, folk night, good food, top beer selection. No wonder it’s received mutiple awards from CAMRA. It’s even won Sheffield and Yorkshire in Bloom gold and silver awards which says a lot.
What can it be about this part of Sheffield that moulds pubs like this? Probably the people I expect!