566 - RUTLAND ARMS, Sheffield - Having arrived just after 12 noon, we stood by that 'wall of water' thing just by the station and I worked out this was our nearest pub 'tick'. I've walked past this loads over the years, but never thought it looked that inviting. How wrong I was. It was as a traditional cosy style pub despite being one roomed, with etched windows and mirrors showing the pub name. They had a lot of beers from the local Blue Bee brewery by my attention was immediately taken by Chocolate and Vanilla Stout by Titanic brewery, a beer to end all beers! The staff were friendly, young and hairy but the clientele were your typical mixture of no nonsense South Yorks old men and a few ale visitors like ourselves. As someone on my Untappd said, I'd said such high standards with this first pub and beer, it'd be hard to maintain though Sheffield was the kind of city where it was achievable. A great start.
|Dad made a meal of taking photo so two nice student girls had to walk in the road!
|Birthday boy Bern arrives at Henry's
|Me ready to swoop on this wonderful 1930's architectural gem
|Me at my 4th Osssett Hop!
|Dad indicates the Red Deer, ignore the No Entry sign!
We decided to forgo the Devonshire Cat for my final challenge of the day. This was to prove to Dad that Sheffield Tap isn't the hellhole he thinks it is, and after a rocky start in the busy main room, I revealed my trump card - back room and back snug which he didn't know existed (err, how many times has he been in?) Well, his opinion changed in a flash and we were soon too relaxed, having to drink up quick smart to make the train for our short journey back to York at the end of one of the easiest, most successful BRAPA days you could hope for.