Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The Old Horns Inn at High Bradfield

The Old Horns Inn, High Bradfield S6 6LG
My tour of Bradfield is verging on Sinatra style proportions.
In fact, it's more like a month-long residency.
On Sunday these vagabond shoes took me once again to the vast Parish of Bradfield and The Old Horns Inn.
It's a Thwaites pub with commanding views from High Bradfield down dale towards Agden, Dale Dike and Strines reservoirs.
I went last weekend to update the beer range since my last drinking visit (December 1) and to get some indoor pictures.
Last time that wasn't possible as the place was absolutely heaving. And nobody wants to have their quiet pint time interrupted by some snap happy beer geek.
The pub gets particularly busy at weekends as locals, walkers, day trippers and even celebratory churchgoers converge on the pub after a wedding or christening.
I managed to get in just before the large car park filled up with people heading for the Sunday carvery in the left-hand wing of the pub.
Food seems to be a big driving force behind this Sheffield country pub. I noted a menu for virtually every day of the week and a couple of different Christmas ones. Which brings me neatly to the Christmas hat topped beer range.
Being a Thwaites pub their beers unsurprisingly dominated the bar. But I didn't mind this as I've had a few good Thwaites beers recently in Sheffield and Huddersfield.
Thwaites had a fine beer on at the Bower Beer Fest in July, the Australian hopped Little Bewdy, which made me look again at this brewery.
Back in Bradfield there were the usual suspects on the bar: Lancaster Bomber, Nutty Black and Original. But there was also Phelan Fine stout (4.4%) and Crafty Devil ruby late-hopped ale 4.3%.
Also lurking on the bar were two hand pumps of Bradfield Brewery's ubiquitous Farmers Belgian Blue 4.9%. This was on sale at £2.90 a pint and being sold under the banner of 'landlord's favourite'.
The bartender told me it was perhaps their biggest seller at the moment, and plenty of people were opting for this winter warmer while I was there. 
It's difficult to escape this excellent seasonal beer in Sheffield between November to February. I had a great half of it in The Ship at Shalesmoor recently, where it was in tip top condition.
I didn't drink it at The Old Horns as I'd had it elsewhere in Bradfield during the December 1 trip. I recall ending up with a dark beer called Gangly Ghoul 4.2%, which turned out to be a cunningly badged Greene King beer. There was little mention of them apart from a small type reference to Westgate Brewery of Bury St Edmunds, which I only spotted after sale. It wasn't a bad beer but I felt a little more openness or larger font on the brewery's pump clip was in order.  
Single Malt range
But on Sunday I was driving round Bradfield so the 4.9% Belgian Blue was well and truly out of the question as was the fine array of single malt whiskys! 
So I adjourned with my lemonade (inward sigh) to the beer garden to look at arguably one the best pub views in Sheffield.
Now that's no idle boast given the competition. I'm thinking of The Three Merry Lads near Redmires, the cityscapes from The Blake Hotel and Hillsborough Hotel, or the River Don flowing by The Gardeners Rest at Neepsend - to name but a few.
I've posted the picture of the reservoirs view from The Old Horns quite recently, so I won't repeat myself. Instead I'll leave you with another fine view towards the Church of St Nicholas and Bailey Hill.
Another view from The Old Horns Inn's beer garden

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