Sheffield has a parculiar...
Sheffield has a parculiar dialect but people are warm and friendly. Head for student or upmarket bars for best welcolm. Frog and Parrot, forum and Halcion bars on Division Street. Cavendish and Flares on West Street. Henrys on Cambridge Street and All bar one. If you tip 10% they will be very pleased as yorkshire people can be particularly tight(mean). Try and speak the diallecn 'a thu all rite lad' or 'alright' for hello and 'see you' for good bye.
Sheffield Ski Village
Sheffield is one of the few citys in England that hosts a dry ski slope. It stands out in many parts of Sheffield as my city is quite hilly, you can see the big white slopes with black dots hurtling down them. There are several ski slopes, chair lifts and it caters for most kinds of skiing. There are begginer classes and is quite popular for children. There is a shop and a bar on site.
Dont let the area put you off as you are going there....it is a true dump but once at the ski village it is quite nice. This is taken from an information leaflet I picked up, not my words.
What to wear:
Slope users must keep arms, legs and hands covered. Loose trousers/tracksuit bottoms, sweatshirt and gloves are ideal. Remember to dress for the weather. We also advise long sports socks.
So there you have it folks.
When going there take your time, I found the signs not very good and I live here. Once you go under a very tight but high railway bridge you know you are on the right road.
Pub with a graveyard! The Cross Keys, Handsworth
This pub is unusual in that it is set in a church yard, and has a graveyard in its back garden!
The original site dates back to 1205
It became an Inn in 1800, when the former Church Wardens property was sold, and a licence was obtained to sell beer in 1804.
Underneath the pub is a maze of tunnels, believed to lead to Handsworth Hall and as far as Manor Lodge (A good few miles down the road) where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned.
Well I suppose this would be my local, and I have spent many an hour in here over the years, but recently it's lost its attraction- the last few times I've visited it's been frequented by some very dubious characters! :-(
There was a short spell about 10 years ago when the then managers had an attempt to improve things by providing Real Ales, quality wines and food (other than sarnies and burgers). I really appreciated their efforts, especially their cheese and pate lunches, but sadly the brewery (and some of the locals- "Don't want none of that foreign muck in 'ere") weren't as impressed .
The pub interior is pretty much as it has been for years (except a few of the windows are usually replaced on a regular basis!) with 3 small low ceilinged rooms.
UPDATE- Now under new management, and apparently it's been transformed back to being a friendly safe pub, with Real Ales -HOORAH! It looks welcoming from the outside, with new hanging baskets and a covered area for smokers
On Boxing Day, the Handsworth Sword Dancers perform outside the church, then everyone heads into the Cross Keys for carol singing and a warming drink or two! There is/was? a black and white photo of the Sword Dancers in the back lounge.
* Boxing Day 2005, the carol singing etc was held across the road at The New Crown pub, I don't know why, or if this will be the same venue in future
Handy for pre/post Theatre drink/food
Ruskins has been open for about 2 years. It's location in Tudor square, makes it ideally placed for pre/post theatre drinks or a meal before an early theatre performance.
Tudor Square is home to The Lyceum, Crucible and Library theatres.
Catering for the 20+ age group.
Light/airy decor. (minimalist/ Leather/ chrome etc ) Leather seating on top level.
Standing room near bar area, with few areas to park your drinks!
Seating outside too.
toilets up a short flight of stairs (didn't visit these, so not sure of facillities!)
Smoking on the upper level only.
I understand there are live jazz performances selected nights.
The night I visited, taped 'swing/ Rat Pack ' music was playing.
wide selection of drinks- draught beers/lagers plus soft drinks and 'designer mineral waters'
Not sure which beers etc are served ( I was driving) Diet coke and britvic cranberry/ apple/ raspberry juice £3.40!!
The night I visited they stopped serving food @18.15, so I'm not sure of menu/prices etc. Smart casual- the clientele appeared to be theatregoers either post early evening performance or meeting friends prior to the later show.
Also some groups meeting up prior to night out in Sheffield.
Food n Dance!
A Latin hotspot in Sheffield!
Cuban bar/ Tapas bar
Great atmosphere, great food!
Themed menus on Mondays Mexican, Brazillian, Spanish or Argentinian with dance class, buffet and live music.
Tues has live music from latin countries
Fri & Sat nights latin music from dj's
Salsa classes GBP5 Sat pm
Sunday lunches Spanish American and latin faves
Also available for private hire Spent one of my birthdays here, enjoying the tapas menu..great variety! Party menu was about GBP13.50
Can just pop in for a drink or two too!