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New Barrack Tavern, Sheffield

601 Penistone Road
Hillsborough
Postal town: Sheffield
S6 2GA
Phone: 01142349148
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Will Larter left this review about New Barrack Tavern

One of the first pubs I frequented when I first moved to Sheffield, as I worked nearby and lived not much further away in those days. Latterly I only call in once or twice a year on average, but still have a soft spot for the place. The beer range was a little limited I felt on my recent visit, with four from Castle Rock, three from Bradfield and just one from Roosters for variety. (There are also three ciders on hand pump, though I think there are others available and listed behind the bar.) It was quiet in the main part of the pub once everyone had been served, as most had disappeared to the comedy gig that was taking place in the back - this is once a month, apparently. There's also live music most weeks, and it gets pretty busy here on those Saturdays (or Wednesdays?) when the Owls are at home. I was interested in a display of old photos of the pub, showing what it was like before being rebuilt in 1930.

On 7th July 2019 - rating: 7
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John Bonser left this review about New Barrack Tavern

On a dual carriageway section of the A61 going northwards towards Hillsborough is The New Barrack Tavern, a fine multi roomed traditional pub that is part of the Tynemill Pub Group. There has been a pub on this site for over 150 years now – indeed the pub was used as a mortuary during the famous Sheffield flood of 1864. The current building on the site dates back to the 1930’s and has a rather austere looking tiled brick exterior with a bit of an Art Deco look. Some etched windows and the entrance reveal that, in days long gone, this was a former Gilmours Windsor Ales pub. It was evidently also a multi roomed pub – note the “Billiards Room “ etched window.

There’s a small cosy tap room on the left, which always appears underused, with most customers seemingly favouring the larger main bar area. It’s a traditionally furnished large room with bare boards and a fine collection of brewery posters and mirrors decorating the walls. At the front of this room, by the windows, a small raised area acts as a stage for the regular music events, for which the pub is well known. Posters dotted around advertise the various events – eg Friday night is Northern Soul Night which, we are told, is “for dancers only”.

A corridor, the walls of which are adorned with old Wednesday football programmes and related memorabilia on one side and music posters on the other, leads to a further smaller room behind and a pleasant outside walled seating area at the back where we see a number of old enamel signs advertising, by way of example, the delights of Magnet Ales and Ind Coope Burton Ales.

Being a Tynemill Pub, there’s the usual Castle Rock Beers available, including Harvest Pale, Preservation and Elsie Mo’s, but the 11 handpumps also offer a good selection of the usual local micros ( eg Acorn and Bradfield ) with, on my most recent visit, Bradfield Plum Ale going down pretty well. The pub is a CAMRA Good Beer Guide regular.

Large blackboards above the bar tell you what is on, which include quite an extensive selection of foreign bottled beers. One corner of the bar servery is now described as “Craft Ales Corner” where, should you, for some unaccountable reason, feel like drinking something trendy and overpriced, several tall fonts offer you the opportunity to do so. On my latest visit, before the last home game of the season, for example, I could have sampled a 5.5% lager called Doggie Style from Maryland USA, but for this “priviledge”, I would have had to stump up £ 2.70p for a half pint. My experience is that, generally speaking, Northerners have not been taken in by all this craft beer nonsense, which appears to be a typically London led initiative and, on my visits to the NBT, sales of the Castle Rock real ales clearly dominate, particularly the Harvest Pale ( £ 2.60p for a whole pint )

The pub is well patronised by Wednesday fans, both pre and post match and service from the young friendly staff is always first rate, in my experience. Pleasingly, even at busy times, the staff will make first time visitors aware of the Castle Rock “one over the eight“ promotion. The pub is also home to supporters of Sheffield Eagles Rugby League Club, who play at nearby Owlerton.

This is another pub well worth seeking out, but note that it doesn’t open until 5pm on Mondays and Tuesdays.

On 27th May 2014 - rating: 8
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Pub SignMan left this review about New Barrack Tavern

The New Barrack Tavern has a fairly unprepossessing location, nestled in between various large retail outlets on the busy Penistone Road. However, this should not distract from what is an outstanding traditional pub run by the excellent Castle Rock brewery. The current pub dates back to 1936 and replaces at least two other pubs of the same name – the Hillsborough Barracks being just a short walk away. Anyone interested in the pub’s history will be pleased to hear that the current owners have been researching its past and are collating their findings on an ‘archive wall’ which can be found in the public bar.
On entering the pub, the bar is to the left of the mosaic floored room which has a couple of high stools but is otherwise used for vertical drinking. You can admire a large collection of awards the pub has won over the years before retiring to one of the three other rooms for somewhere to sit. The largest of these is a wooden floored room opposite the bar which has banquette and low stool seating as well as a stage for live music which was being promoted throughout the pub. A number of old beer adverts were displayed on the walls and a huge Castle Rock mirror hangs above the fireplace. The public bar is at the front left of the pub and was the quietest place in the pub when I visited. It’s a compact little room with access to the bar and, on my visit, a number of barrels were racked up on stilage in the middle of the room as part of what I assume was a beer festival, although there were no signs pointing to this and only one person ordered one of these beers during my whole stay. A bar billiards table had been moved out to accommodate these beers and the room also has a dartboard. The final room is towards the back of the pub and is something of a cramped affair with as much seating squeezed in as possible making it all pretty cosy. A corridor, with a number of beer related picture riddles on the walls, leads out to a very pleasant garden with lots of picnic benches, a couple of shelters and lots of old metallic beer signs.
Putting the ‘festival’ beers aside, the normal line up was pretty special on its own. Ales on the bar were Castle Rock Harvest Pale and Screech Owl, Bradfield Farmers Bitter and Acorn Barnsley Bitter, all of which are regulars, plus Prescott Seasons Best Stout, Holden’s Temple of Love, Three Tuns XXX, Gates Reservoir Premium and Bristol Beer Factory Seven. Moles Black Rat Cider was also on handpull and the keg range included the likes of Sagres, Erdinger, Timmermans Strawberry Beer, Marston’s Oyster Stout, Bitburger and Stowford Press Cider. A strong bottled beer range topped things off and all of the options are detailed on a huge blackboard to the left of the main bar. The usual Castle Rock ‘One over the 8’ promotions apply.
I thought it was difficult to find fault with this place and seriously considered shortening my ‘Valley of Beer’ crawl in order to enjoy a few more pints in here. This pub doesn’t seem to get the same amount of attention as a lot of its peers, but to my mind it holds its own against anything else the city has to offer. Outstanding.

On 14th April 2012 - rating: 9
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Map location corrected by Will Larter
Sheffield, 2.31 miles, 44 min walk (show)
Darnall, 4.24 miles, 1 hr 21 min walk (show)
Meadowhall, 4.58 miles, 1 hr 28 min walk (show)
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7th Jul 2019, 22:12
Review submitted by Will Larter amended by Will Larter
 
7th Jul 2019, 22:11
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Pub Details

Pub details supplied by members of this site to the best of their knowledge. Please check with pub directly before making a special trip.

  • Bar Billiards : Yes last updated 22 July 2013 by Will Larter
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 22 July 2013 by Will Larter
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 09 March 2015 by Will Larter
  • Function Room : Yes - According to Twitter - last updated 21 July 2015 by Dave McNally
  • Live Music : 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 09 March 2015 by Will Larter
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 03 March 2014 by Will Larter
Opening Hours
Sunday12noon - 8pm
Monday4pm - 11pm
Tuesday4pm - 11pm
Wednesday4pm - 11pm
Thursday4pm - 11pm
Friday12noon - Midnight
Saturday12noon - Midnight
Hours according to Facebook page, please check before making a special visit
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