Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Sheffield Taps, Sheffield

I like beer. I like trains. I also like breweries. If you combine all three then I am a very happy man. For  my first drinking session in the steel city I chose the Sheffield Tap which combines all three. Station bars have enjoyed a revival in recent years and the north has many fine examples ( Stalybridge, York and Harrogate all spring to mind.) I am adding Sheffield to that list.

We arrived at Sheffield station after a day walking in the Derwent valley which is thirsty work! A short walk over to platform 1 led us to our destination.
The entrance to the Taps is directly off platform 1 which is convenient for people who are just in Sheffield to change trains (as we were). The inconspicuous entrance leads in to a gorgeous bar.
The high ceiling gives a great sense of space but the eye is drawn to the superb bar in dark wood with eleven handpumps in banks at either end of the bar with a set of continental taps in the middle. It took a while to check them all out. For my first pint I went for Headless, brewed in Macclesfield, which is a very palatable session ale. Al joined me getting Headless whilst Bob went straight for a pint of Jaipur from Thornbridge!

We tucked ourselves in a corner and watched the world go by (in trains) from our window looking out onto the platform.After my first pint I went exploring, There is an equally impressive lounge with a small bar further down the platform and, behind a glass screen, is a small brewery owned by the Tapped Brew Company..

I tried a pint of Mojo , brewed next door, which was lovely, before finishing with a pint of the ubiquitous Jaipur which, as Bob assured me, is wonderful.

Having watched two trains to Leeds (our next destination) pull out from Platform 1 while we were quaffing we reluctantly decide to head north. However we did so in the sure and certain knowledge that our next trip to the Peak District would include a refreshment stop on Sheffield station on our way back.