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The Grapes, Sheffield Central, Sheffield

80 Trippet Lane
S1 4EL
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Steve of N21 left this review about The Grapes

I have to say I had a great visit here on a late Saturday afternoon. This slightly eclectic pub with its wonderful period interior has been very well described by PSM below and when I arrived it was humming with life in every area except for the back room on the right.
The reason was that there were several musicians with various instruments in situ in the small left hand front room and they took it in turns to traverse the corridor to play in the front right hand room. Those wishing to listen and appreciate the music formed an audience in the front room, those wishing to listen to the music but still hold a conversation with friends were crammed into the corridor and those not interested in the music at all were all in the small outside area at the back as it was still a decent enough weather day at this point.
After listening to a couple of folk songs played and sung with feeling in the front room I decided to retire and take my half into the completely empty back room for some silent contemplation along with JFK and the Arctic Monkeys.
For my visit it was also the turn of the Tetleys Bitter to be off so I finally succumbed and tried my first half of the weekend of the Stancill Barnsley Bitter which was exceptionally average to say the least.
But for some pubs it’s not just about the beer, and I would be more than happy to visit here again, even if it was just with a glass of lemonade.

On 21st July 2019 - rating: 8
[User has posted 1699 recommendations about 1648 pubs]

Will Larter left this review about The Grapes

My first visit for three years or more, though I used to like this pub and called in once every to or three months. On my visit today I was reminded why I had stopped: the beer quality is just not up to scratch. There are three hand pumps squeezed onto the stretch of bar in the drinking corridor, with a couple more for display purposes only on the bar in the snug. Tetleys Bitter was off, which left Abbeydale Moonshine and Stancill Barnsley Bitter. On reflection, my habitual avoidance of Moonshine left me with a very poor half of Barnsley. It was very frothy coming out of the pump, but when it came to drinking it was flat and on the turn; not undrinkable but not at all pleasant either. I didn't complain because I'm not a fan of Moonshine, so I just bore with it. The Kennedy memorial room was seemingly unchanged and it was nice to be back here - just a shame about the beer.

On 18th June 2019 - rating: 4
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Grapes

This is a lovely old multiple-room pub in the city centre with a vague Irish theme to it. I’ve walked past this place many times, admiring the fine ‘Grapes’ etched glass windows, but only now got around to actually calling in. You enter through a mosaic tile floor porch with doors on either side. Through the left door, you find a compact room with a nice fireplace and some limited seating options. A board above the fire details the pub’s former licensees and has walls painted in a satisfying pastel blue shade. The bar is centrally located and boasts a great traditional counter and some nice stained glass screens including some in the wall above the bar, which had rather off-puttingly been decorated with tinsel shamrocks and imitation Irish road signs. The door to the right takes you into a drinking corridor, from which a couple more rooms radiate. The corridor is lined with some really impressive glazed tiles in a variety of colours and offers a few stools to perch on, but is mainly used for vertical drinking, as evidenced by a group of old boys congregated here on my late afternoon visit. Of the two side rooms, the front room has some mixed seating options, another fireplace and lots of framed bits on display around the walls which I didn’t really take a good look through. The rear room has a mix of banquettes around three of its walls supported by chairs and low stools. A large fireplace with a modern tile surround, wood frame and integral mirror dominates the remaining wall and would presumably be used in the winter, making this an appealing place to settle down. One half of the room seems to have been devoted to documenting the life of JFK, including countless newspaper clippings, election campaign posters, photos and the like, whilst the remaining walls space has been given over to Sheffield’s contributions to the world of music, or more specifically, to the Arctic Monkeys, whose photos, record sleeves, articles etc... take up a large percentage of this half of the room. There is even a gold disc for their debut album on display. The room has, rather appropriately, a juke box which wasn’t in use on this visit, and there is a small rear garden out the back.
Three handpulls faced me on the bar, one of which was out of action. The two options were Tetley’s Cask and Stancill Barnsley Bitter, so I opted for a pint of the latter and thought it was a good pint, served up by a friendly old-school barmaid and enjoyed at leisure whilst exploring the pub in more detail.
I really liked this place which I felt was the sort of pub that rewards repeat visits by virtue of the various rooms which all deserve exploration and all seem appealing spots to enjoy a few pints in. The small ale range may put some off, but my pint was tasty and well kept and the service was swift and friendly, so I’ve made a note to not keep passing this pub by, but to instead call in every no and then and see what else I can uncover in here.

On 2nd January 2019 - rating: 8
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Sheffield, 0.75 miles, 14 min walk (show)
Darnall, 3.18 miles, 1 hr 1 min walk (show)
Meadowhall, 4.15 miles, 1 hr 20 min walk (show)
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21st Jul 2019, 12:31
Review submitted by Steve of N21 amended by Steve of N21
21st Jul 2019, 12:27
Review submitted by Steve of N21 amended by Steve of N21

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