Yorkshire Post - YP Magazine
Pub of the week
THE SHEFFIELD TAP, SHEFFIELD
In some ways, the Sheffield Tap could make a superb film location for a period drama. With a little set dressing, you could be right back in the early days of the reign of Edward VII. Heaven knows how much the stunning original ceramic tiles on the walls are worth. Then there’s the ornate plasterwork, the gleaming mahogany bar in the main space, panelling and much more besides. How many pubs have twinkling chandeliers?
The history of the place is extraordinary, since it was originally built into what was Sheffield Midland station, and its initial purpose was to serve wellheeled travellers.
Sadly, the splendour faded during the second half of the 20th century and the place was closed in the late 70s until the Tap team saw the huge potential here and started restoration in 2008. They have brought back the character, and the charm of yesteryear. And they also had the imagination to site their own micro-brewery (the Tapped Brew Co) on the premises, which you will find in what was the imposing First Class Dining Room.
There are an amazing 11 hand-pulled ales on offer every day, plus 14 keg beers, and heaven knows how many ciders, bottles, cans, wines and spirits. When it comes to food, you may be disappointed, for crisps and nuts are about as substantial as it gets. The clientele is cosmopolitan, and ranges from businessmen to walkers heading for the Peak District (the bars are dog-friendly), from students to office workers, and everyone between. You might wish to check on the opening hours, which vary through the week.
■ The Sheffield Tap, Sheaf Street, Sheffield S1 2BP, tel: 0114 2737558.