I was advised about another cask ale pub, or rather a pub with cask ale would be a better description, by a friend last weekend, so yesterday seemed a good day to take a look.
The old Varsity pub on Zetland St, has been gutted and totally transformed, and opened last week in its new guise as 'The Picturehouse'. It is well worth a call, especially if you like cinema memorabilia, with all sorts of posters adorning the walls. The bar is to the right hand side of the pub and seating to the left, on two levels, and is comfortable with plenty of tables. There is music but it is fairly muted.
The beer range consists of 5 hand pulls - but not your usual fayre. I was advised the bar staff that they have 2 lines which will always serve a Stancill beer and a True North beer (both from Sheffield), and 3 guest beers which were 2 Black Jack beers and a porter on my visit. The ones I sampled were reasonably priced and in good nick.
There is a food menu but the prices look a bit on the steep side for a pub close to the university, but there were a few people eating when I called.
So if you are down the bottom end of town, or need an antidote to the Kingsgate centre, this could be the place to visit.