The best city ale spots

Posted by: Richard Abbey

The Gardeners Rest and Itchy Pig Ale House have been crown North and West Sheffield’s pubs of the year by CAMRA.

The two champions are preparing to re-open their doors but in the meantime are offering takeout.


When long-standing owners and licensees Pat and Eddy retired and sold up, a whole bunch of regulars put money into a community enterprise (Gardeners Rest Community Society) that now operates the pub. As before it is a great real ale pub with a choice of rooms, bar billiards, traditional music performances and slightly eccentric riverside beer garden but the community element has been cranked up a notch or two which is reflected in the people working there and the groups using the meeting room upstairs.

The pub is currently opening part time (afternoons Wed-Sat) for take home beer sales, check their social media for current opening times and beer choices.

Itchy Pig Ale House is a friendly micro-pub in a converted gift shop and offers five real ales along with a number of craft beers on keg taps.

The Itchy Pig is currently open selling beers to take home from 3pm to 5pm Tuesday to Sunday with home deliveries available locally those days from 5pm to 7pm (orders and enquires by email).

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