THE CROWN, HEELEY

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A place called Heeley Bot­tom sounds like a tiny ham­let nes­tled in the Howar­dian Hills. In fact, it’s a sub­urb of Sh­effield, once home to the work­ers of nearby fac­to­ries and steel­works.

The ex­te­rior does not look pre­pos­sess­ing from first sight­ing, but you’d be fool­ish to pass on by. In­side, the first thing to catch your eye is a sofa re-up­hol­stered in such a bright style that it would cheer up the greyest of days. The Crown has been made over,butina way that is both sym­pa­thetic to the pub, and also cu­ri­ously invit­ing. There’s a beau­ti­fully tended beer gar­den that has won Pubs in Bloom awards, and a sign that tells cus­tomers that this is an “adult crèche”, and that those un­der the age of 14 years are not wel­comed. And it is also dogfriendly.

There are now two rooms, with an eclec­tic mix of mir­rors and small framed pic­tures of Heeley’s yes­ter­days on the walls, and one bar serves both. By the time that this column ap­pears, spe­cial­ity pies will be avail­able through­out the day, but at the time of thisvisit,it­wascrisps–ornowt.

To add to the joy, there is a “Gin­sti­tute”, where lovers of that spirit can en­joy four­teen of them. Ale tip­plers will be cheered at the dis­count for Camra mem­bers, and by the wide range from guest brew­eries such as But­combe (spot on and de­li­cious) and Brad­field.

We are not many yards from the city’s An­tiques Quar­ter, so here’s an ideal stop af­ter you have rooted out your bar­gain buy. The Crown, in short, is a real gem.

The Crown Inn, 2, Al­bert Road, Heeley Bot­tom, Sh­effield, S8 9QW. 0114 418 1224.

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