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The Blake Hotel, Walkley, Sheffield

53 Blake Street
Sheffield
S6 3JQ
Phone: 01142339336
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Moby Duck left this review about The Blake Hotel

Sat at the top of Blake Street there is a very challenging climb to reach it from the bottom of the street, even more mentally challenging when you arrive at 11.40 and find out it currently doesn't open till 3.pm. However I returned at the correct time to find a very pleasant traditional pub as Will describes it below, a pint of Neepsend Karpo quenched my thirst. It was quiet while we were there , possibly due to the location but more likely the time of day, I imagine when a little busier this pub would have a very good feel about it.

On 14th September 2021 - rating: 8
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Will Larter left this review about The Blake Hotel

Almost nine years since the Blake reopened and it hasn't changed very much, if at all. Maybe a few craft keg beers to supplement the cask, but there are still six hand pumps for real ale, plus one for cider. Prices have gone up a little, but not a lot, and it's still 15 minutes to walk there for me. Lucky me. Neepsend Blonde is always on, with occasional guests from the same brewery. Three others on today's visit were from Coniston, Anarchy and Pictish. I've never had a beer here in anything less than excellent condition. I thought about giving this pub a 9 again, justified by being at the top of a ridiculously steep hill so that I can't get here as often as I would like, but then I thought that's daft, so it gets a well deserved ten.

On 7th July 2019 - rating: 10
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Will Larter left this review about The Blake Hotel

If you've read any of my other reviews with their grudging 6's and 7's you may wonder why I've given this recently reopened pub a 9. Please read on.

The Blake is in the hilliest part of a hilly city, so new owner James Birkett may be putting his neck on the block in trying to attract a drinking crowd to this old Stones house on the edge of Ruskin Park. His track record at the New Barrack Tavern and the Sheaf View suggests otherwise. If you've been to either of those pubs, you know the quality to expect.

The Blake is a much smaller pub than the other two, with a friendly atmosphere engendered by the staff and customers, with no music or machines. The compact bar is in the centre as you enter, with rooms either side and a garden to the rear - this has a tremendous view over the city, and the decking and benches are sure to attract a crowd in the summer. At this time of year even the purpose-built smoking shelter was deserted, though whether because of the freezing conditions or because there were no smokers in attendance I couldn't say.

There are six beers on hand pump, plus a real cider and various top quality continental lagers. Beers range from £2 to £2.60 and the cider (at 7%) is £3. Local beers are well represented, and the variety is as you'd expect if you've been to the Barracks or the Sheaf.

Getting there might be a problem for some - it's just a fifteen minute walk from home for me! The 95 bus from the city centre to Walkley will probably suit most. Ask the driver for Fulton Road, and simply drop down the hill and bear right when you get to Ruskin Park - about five minutes. Getting back it's probably best to head down Daniel Hill Street, right at Sherde Road then left at Fox Lane. This brings you to Whitehouse Lane near where it debouches onto Infirmary Road, conveniently close to tram and bus stops (not to mention the Hillsborough Hotel). More energetic types can simply head back up Fulton Road for a 95 into the city.

On 25th November 2010 - rating: 9
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This pub features in the following crawls:
Sheffield pub crawl by bus (not the usual suspects) by Will Larter
Will's 60th birthday pub crawl by Will Larter
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Map location corrected by Will Larter
Sheffield, 1.85 miles, 35 min walk (show)
Darnall, 3.95 miles, 1 hr 16 min walk (show)
Meadowhall, 4.51 miles, 1 hr 27 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Blake Hotel, Sheffield
14th Sep 2021, 09:33
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10th Sep 2021, 16:45
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 04 September 2013 by Will Larter
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 22 July 2013 by Will Larter
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 04 September 2013 by Will Larter
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 22 July 2013 by Will Larter
  • Car Park : No last updated 22 July 2013 by Will Larter
  • Darts : No last updated 22 July 2013 by Will Larter
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 27 July 2013 by Will Larter
  • Hot Food : No last updated 22 July 2013 by Will Larter
  • Jukebox : No last updated 22 July 2013 by Will Larter
  • Karaoke : No last updated 22 July 2013 by Will Larter
  • Live Music : No last updated 22 July 2013 by Will Larter
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 22 July 2013 by Will Larter
  • Pinball : No last updated 22 July 2013 by Will Larter
  • Pool Table : No last updated 22 July 2013 by Will Larter
  • Quiz Night : Yes last updated 22 July 2013 by Will Larter
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 22 July 2013 by Will Larter
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 04 September 2013 by Will Larter
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 04 September 2013 by Will Larter
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 14 January 2018 by Will Larter
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