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The Fountain Inn, Sheffield

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33 Wellthorne Lane
Postal town: Sheffield
S36 7GJ
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Will Larter left this review about The Fountain Inn

Unfortunately I had never been to this pub before, so cannot say what it used to be like; I can be pretty certain that it looked nothing like it does now. There seems to be some building work still going on to the west side of the pub - a car park, perhaps - so we entered through the semi-covered beer garden on the east side, where the most noticeable feature is a giant chair - or giant's chair - anyway, it's neither use nor ornament, and a harbinger of what was to be found inside. The building is in effect one large space with archways defining smaller spaces such as the drinkers' area to the left and the bar further back on the right. All tables are set up for dining except in the aforementioned drinking area, which is reached through an arch made of old beams. These have clearly been salvaged from elsewhere, and it seems like, during construction, one of them was found to be too short to form the required pillar, so another, much shorter beam section has been stood on top of it to make up the difference. This is offensive to the eye, to the beams, to their history and to the people who laboured to make them; on the other hand, you've got to laugh haven't you.

Looking around there were various sculptures of stags' heads, greyhounds, hares, a monkey with a clock on its head (of course), and a dachshund. I didn't see any depictions of the pub's name anywhere, not even on the inn sign, but there were some pictures of pheasants in one dining area, and a cheetah with a bouquet of flowers and some sunglasses on its head; all done in the best possible taste.

On the bar were three real ales, though I was too distracted to make a note of them; I think one was Bradfield Farmers Blonde, but the other two were definitely Bombardier and 61 Deep from Marstons. The young lad behind the bar had a struggle with the Bombardier, the combination of too fresh beer and tight sparkler proving a bit of a challenge. I encouraged him to have another go when we were presented with a thick, foamy head that was at least an inch tall; £4.20 for about four-fifths of a pint in South Yorkshire? I don't think so. To be fair, he was clearly new to the business (they'd opened less than a week before our visit) and that was how he'd been taught to pour a pint. The beer was fine despite the thrashing it had taken.

I've given this pub a low rating because, while the young people we saw working there were polite, pleasant and trying hard, they were clearly undertrained and in need of support and supervision, so that the customer experience was well below standard. The way the pub has been set up is ludicrous, exhibiting a triumph of money over taste that is perhaps representative of the ghastly tat that would be found in the homes of the customers they hope to attract. Having said which, I had an immensely enjoyable half hour here, with a grin permanently fixed to my face as I discovered abomination after abomination.

On 25th October 2021 - rating: 3
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aleand hearty left this review about The Fountain Inn

Village pub dating from 1849. It closed in 2017, amongst local fears it was for good, but after considerable investment and a major refurb, it has just reopened.

On 16th October 2021 - no rating submitted
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25th Oct 2021, 16:58
Review submitted by Will Larter amended by Will Larter
25th Oct 2021, 16:56
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  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 25 October 2021 by Will Larter
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 16 October 2021 by aleand hearty
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 16 October 2021 by aleand hearty
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Every Tuesday 9pm. - last updated 17 October 2021 by aleand hearty
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 25 October 2021 by Will Larter
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