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The Benjamin Huntsman (JD Wetherspoon), Sheffield Central, Sheffield

12-18 Cambridge Street
S1 4HP
Phone: 01142639500

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J D Wetherspoon

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Pub SignMan left this review about The Benjamin Huntsman (JD Wetherspoon)

Another day, another Wetherspoons pub crosses my path. This is a fairly mid-size, city centre branch of the ubiquitous chain – so ubiquitous in fact, that there is another ‘Spoons just over the road! This one has a fairly deep room that extends much further than you’d initially expect, carpeted throughout, with high tables and stools opposite the bar which runs down the right hand wall. Standard tables and chairs fill up much of the remaining space, whilst some decent banquettes skirt the perimeter, many formed into booths of various styles. A few somewhat chunky pillars run through the centre of the room, to break the space up quite effectively and avoid that ‘drinking-barn’ feel you can often get in such places. The walls have been painted a mix of neutral shades or else left as exposed brick or stone, whilst the servery has a wood plank fronted counter and standard bar back underneath a large display area which houses all sorts of items including glassware, barrels, a stepladder and what appear to be various bits of old industrial machinery. The decor throughout is relatively creative by ‘Spoons standards and includes a rather pleasing feature made from mirrors, various paintings and some framed knick-knacks – in fact, even the usual ‘Spoons local information boards had been creatively presented, giving this pub something to make it stand out from countless other city centre ‘Spoons across the UK.
This pub has ten handpulls in total, four of which were pouring the usual dull selection of ‘Spoons regulars, but the remaining six were all in use for guest ales giving me plenty to choose from. Sadly, I visited during a work lunch break, so wasn’t able to sample any, opting for a mug of tea and a panini – all dished up in the usual quick, no frills fashion.
I quite liked this place and thought as far as this sort of city centre, shop conversion goes, it was a pretty successful effort. The decor was just about as ‘quirky’ as Wetherspoons is ever likely to get, the staff were pleasant and efficient and the beer range looked pretty tempting. There are tonnes of better pubs in town, but for that familiar ‘Spoons feel, you can’t really go wrong here.

On 2nd January 2019 - rating: 7
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Aqualung . left this review about The Benjamin Huntsman (JD Wetherspoon)

Unfortunately I turned up here on a Friday night when there was also some sort of fairground thingy going on North of here. It was packed and the upstairs bar even more so, I suppose if you're not drinking the larger selection of real ales at ground level it saves the journey up and down the stairs to visit the toilets. The staff were somehow or other coping well with the mayhem.
The place has been well described below but the only beers I can confirm that were on were Elland 1872 Porter, three boring Milestone rugby themed beers and Flipside Golden Scorpion. by the time I left when things were easing off a bit all I could see was the 1872 and the boring rugby beers. I managed to bag a table and stayed for a couple of 1872 Porters (£2.75) which were excellent.
I would concur that this is a decent well run Spoons.

On 22nd February 2017 - rating: 7
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Benjamin Huntsman (JD Wetherspoon)

Mostly unremarkable modern 'spoons, with a 'L'-shaped main bar and an oddly high mezzanine level with another smaller servery (and a notional rear roof garden beyond). The limited window space, industrial ventilation and generally dark decor don't really help the appeal either. However, this is offset by an excellent selection of real ales from nine of ten handpumps on the main counter, including four dark beers appropriate to the season: Huntsman Stout from Chantry, Bête Noir Hirisk Stout from Kelham Island, Stancil Porter (£2.75) and the potent Imperial Coffee Stout from Little Critters. The five additional handpumps upstairs were mostly duplicates, but Milestone Green Man was also available.

On 12th February 2017 - rating: 7
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Oggwyn Great left this review about The Benjamin Huntsman (JD Wetherspoon)

Popped in here Saturday morning for a pre-match breakfast , very busy at 11am with a mixture of old dears having a pot of tea , students having breakfast , blokes having a crafty pint while the wifes shopping and the usual hardcore drinkers on a mission to oblivion .
All 10 pulls were on , i had a Little Critters Shire Horse and a Bradfields Farmers Blue both in good nick .
Its OK in here for a spoons and i would visit again .

On 20th November 2016 - no rating submitted
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Al Bundy left this review about The Benjamin Huntsman (JD Wetherspoon)

A reasonably good Wethers and much better than the one round the corner. The usual 10 handpumps dispensed 9 beers today of which the Titanic Plum Porter was nice. The ground floor area is dominated by a staircase at the entrance and air con ducts mazing around the ceiling. A strange twiggy like feature is also by the entrance.

On 10th March 2016 - rating: 7
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Benjamin Huntsman (JD Wetherspoon)

Easy to find just around the back of John Lewis. This Spoons had a good atmosphere about it and had 9 ales on handpump on our visit. The pub featured some industrial looking aircon ducting suspended from the ceiling. There was also a very steep looking staircase leading up to a roof terrace. There was also some framed Sheffield cutlery dotted about here and there, which added some interest. I went for the Greenfield Brewery Copper Cascade and Milestone Cromwells Gold.

On 18th April 2013 - rating: 8
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Alan Winfield left this review about The Benjamin Huntsman

This is a Wetherspoons in the city centre,when i went in here the pub was fairly quiet so i sat near the front of the pub.
There was the usuall choice oof beers on the bar with a few guest beers aswell i hada one of the guest beers which was a nice drink but i car'nt remember what it was.

On 30th January 2011 - rating: 7
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ROB Camra left this review about The Benjamin Huntsman

Decent enough Wetherspoons, close to the living hell that is West Street, but far enough away to avoid a lot of the muppets. Another big barn but pleasant enough. Had a couple of local guest beers on alongside the regulars. I had a pint of the Acorn White Oak which was very good. Easy enough to get served even on a Saturday evening around 8.

On 9th March 2010 - rating: 6
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William Purnell left this review about The Benjamin Huntsman

A J D Wetherspoon establishment. When first opened it was just called 'Wetherspoons'.

On 16th October 2009 - no rating submitted
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Quinno _ left this review about The Benjamin Huntsman

Large JDW near the City Hall. Internally it's a strange mix of industrial chic and IKEA-lite furnishings. The advertised garden terrace is spectacularly unspectacular, it's just a patio with a couple of pot plants giving way to a view of a brick wall. There was a good range of guest ales on the go, £1.80p/p. My pint of Acorn Old Moor Porter was very good.

Overall, not too bad at all for 'Spoons. Worth popping in to see what's on, it's the best JDW in the city centre for my money (or 50p off vouchers).

On 26th August 2009 - rating: 7
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