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The White Lion, Heeley, Sheffield

615 London Road
S2 4HT
Phone: 01142551500
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Pub SignMan left this review about The White Lion

The White Lion is an attractive multi roomed pub on London Road in the southern suburb of Heely. Perhaps its finest feature is the decoratively tiled corridor into which you enter. The servery is located here as well, past a door leading into a small snug which also has access to the bar. The snug has very limited space and seating as you would expect and there are framed bank notes and items from the Titanic brewery on the walls. It’s a nice place to stop for a drink as you can also admire the stained glass front windows and the etched glass panes in the door from this room. On the other side of the corridor, opposite the bar, there are a couple of small rooms, not much bigger than the snug. They’re both quite cosy, smart looking rooms and one which boasts some plush furniture and a nice fireplace, is signed as being the smoke room. Eventually the pub opens out into a wide rear room. To the left, there is a sparsely furnished area which seems to serve no real purpose other than to provide further access to the bar. Steps take you up onto a broad raised area with dark beams and muted lighting giving it a nice ambiance. A high ledge runs around the room, upon which an odd collection of barrels, pots, buckets, old suitcases and a wheelbarrow can be seen. A few pictures of local scenes hang from the walls alongside some black and white photos of the likes of the Rolling Stones and Meatloaf which perhaps reflects the live music the pub puts on. A door at the back of the room leads out to a beer patio with plenty of benches.
A satisfying row of hand pumps provided a temping ale selection of Wytchwood Hobgoblin, Thornbridge Sequoia and Jaipur, Blue Bee Nectar Pale, Abbeydale Moonshine, Tetley’s Best and Ossett Silver King. The barman, who greeted me like I was a regular, served me a good pint of the Nectar Pale which I enjoyed whilst exploring the pub which I’d expected to be a lot busier given that there was a game at nearby Bramall Lane due to kick off soon.
I enjoyed my visit here and was glad that I made this last minute addition to my itinerary. Whilst it doesn’t quite match up to some of the city’s finest ale houses, it is still worth making the effort to seek it out and is a must if you find yourself in Heely.

On 22nd September 2012 - rating: 7
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Will Larter left this review about The White Lion

I'd not been in here for a couple of years before my recent visit, but I had heard that the pub had been taken over by the same owner as the Chantrey and the Prince of Wales in nearby Woodseats, so I thought I'd check it out.

Visually not much has changed: there's still the tiled corridor next to the bar, the diverse and interesting rooms to either side, the bare-boards of the room with the pool table to the rear - except that the pool table is no more, having been replaced by small tables and stools which are presumably easier to clear away when there's a band on.

The main difference from previous visits was aural: the incredibly loud and mostly pretty awful music apparently coming from a juke box. I took refuge in the small room to the right, where it was almost possible to ignore the noise. There's an excellent collection of old and very old pictures of Heeley and Sheffield in here, mostly prints and engravings, which are well worth a closer look. The upholstered bench seating has seen better days, but this is still a pleasant room for a quiet chat or to read your paper in.

As well as the bar in the corridor, there are serveries in the front bar to the left and in the back bar too. The second room to the right is made of glazed wooden partitions, and in pre-smoking ban days this used to fill up with smoke as there was no ventilation; thankfully those days are behind us.

On the bar were around half a dozen hand pumps, with two from Thornbridge, Bombardier, Hobgoblin and Tetleys Bitter among them: a reasonable if not inspiring collection. Beer quality is still good and at £2.60 a pint the Tetleys is now at a lower than average price for Sheffield. Worth making the trip out of town for the tiled exterior and the internal decor, and if you're out this way for the Sheaf View it would be a shame not to call in here too.

On 5th January 2012 - rating: 6
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John Bonser left this review about The White Lion Hotel

Visited in 2009

The White Lion is a main road classic multi-roomed traditional locals pub in the mainly industrial suburb of Heeley, a mile or so south of Sheffield City Centre in an area that might perhaps best be described as being "in need of regeneration".

The central tiled corridor has several rooms on either side , leading to a main bar at the end which has a snooker table and where regular music nights take place.

The pub has a rather old fashioned genuine feel to it, enhanced by the leaded, frosted Gilmours windows where the name "White Lion Hotel" is notable for having an upside down capital N.

In the first room on the right is a fine collection of old photos and prints of the area and some old brewery labels and adverts from former breweries such as Tomlinsons Anchor Ales, Birks Finest Ales from the Lady's Bridge Brewery and J L Cockayne & Sons of the Owlerton Brewery.

Another framed advert revealed that Billy Marsden, a former SWFC footballer, used to own the pub - quite a bit before I started supporting them, I would reckon.

On the date of my visit, the landlady was gearing up for the pub's beer festival between 9-12 April, phoning round the various breweries organising supplies, pump clips etc. I gather that a total of 15 beers are expected over the 4 day period.

Both beers that I sampled on my recent visit on 2 April, Kelham Island Pale Rider and Holdens Springhead Jack were nice tasty pints, although at prices of £ 2.60 and £ 2.65 respectively, might be considered a bit pricy by Sheffield standards, especially given the area.

The White Lion is in the 2009 GBG, where it's described as "one of Sheffield's finest pubs".

Heeley is easily accessible from Sheffield City Centre - there's a frequent bus service - so, if you're in to pubs of this ilk, try and make time to get there

On 30th September 2011 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by Will Larter
Sheffield, 1.47 miles, 28 min walk (show)
Dore & Totley, 3.09 miles, 59 min walk (show)
Darnall, 3.88 miles, 1 hr 14 min walk (show)
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12th Jan 2013, 15:16
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15th Nov 2012, 13:06
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Pub Details

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 12 April 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 12 April 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 12 April 2018 by ROB Camra
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - 10% - last updated 12 April 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 12 April 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 12 April 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Darts : Yes last updated 12 April 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 12 April 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 12 April 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 12 April 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Micropub : No last updated 12 April 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Wednesday - last updated 12 April 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 12 April 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 12 April 2018 by ROB Camra
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 12 April 2018 by ROB Camra
Opening Hours
Sunday2pm - 11:30pm
Monday4pm - Midnight
Tuesday4pm - Midnight
Wednesday4pm - Midnight
Thursday4pm - Midnight
Friday4pm - 1am
Saturday12noon - 1am
Hours according to Facebook page, please check before making a special visit
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