New Barrack Tavern

New Barrack TavernNew Barrack Tavern
New Barrack TavernNew Barrack Tavern
Bar, Eatery

601 Penistine Road, Hillsborough
Sheffield, England
United Kingdom

+44 (0)114 234 9148 | map

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TheLongBeachBum from California

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

The New Barrack Tavern is also in the northern end of Sheffield and makes a good stop whilst crawling around this part of the City. It was our 5th stop on my recent Pub Crawl of Sheffield during my recent 2003 UK vacation.

It superb cream and brown tiled frontage is the Taverns most obvious asset. As you enter it has 3 rooms that are all set around the centrally located bar area. A plethora of handpumps and continental beer fonts litter the bars surface. 4, or 5, local beers, the best of which are Barnsley Bitter & IPA (superb), as well as an offering or two from the Abbeydale Brewery. Usually serves 5 Guest Beers, but on my recent visit it only had a couple on, sadly. It serves many foreign lager and fruit beers on draft, as well having a decent selection from the bottle. Always has a rotating Real Cider and a host of other of imbibational offerings, including a good selection of Single Malts.

The three rooms offer varying levels of retreat from a sometimes boisterous tap-room to somewhere quiet to read the days Newspaper in the no-smoking room, which is helpful. At the rear is a small outside beer garden that makes a pleasant drinking area in the summer.

It does lunchtime meals, but we never tried them as it was late in the afternoon when we arrived.

Gets full on match-days when Sheffield Wednesday, the nearby football (soccer) team is playing at home.

A good addition to the Northern Sheffield Real Ale circuit, and well worth a visit, if only just to appreciate its marvelous frontage.

Closest SuperTram Station is Bamforth Street.

Last Visit: 12th April 2003

May 08, 2003
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Clembo1957 from England

4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

The New Barrack Tavern is situated in Hillsborough area of Sheffield and is downhill from the Bamforth St Tram Stop, it's quite a hike back up hill to the tram line after a few beers!

On this occasion i visited on a weekday lunchtime so the pub was fairly quiet, the landlady Steph was friendly and helpful. the pub is operated by Castle Rock and sells their full range of beers + Barnsley beers, other guests and a selection of continental lagers. I didn't eat but the food menu looked good!

The pub can get very busy when Sheffield Wednesday football club are at home.

Slightly out of the way from the other Sheffield Real ale palaces but well worth a visit!

Jan 06, 2011
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wl0307 from England

4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This note was taken on my very first visit to this pub on 24/09/2007, during my lone pub crawl in Sheffield's "Golden Mile" (famous for the intensity of great pubs). Facing a busy ring road and located at the fringe of the city, it's hard to imagine anyone not living in the neighbourhood would bother coming this far for a drink here. But I came, so there's some hope this renowned pub does have something to offer.

Now owned and run by the Nottingham-based Castle Rock brewery (for 5 years already upon my visit), this pub does nothing less than a genuine free house. Besides 4 regulars (2 Castle Rock's ales, Acorn Barnsley Bitter, and Abbeydale Moonshine), there were 7 guest ales served on the handpumps (2 Hopback, Gales Festival, 2 Brewsters, Marson Pedigree, and 1 Burton Bridge), 20+ bottled beers, 9 foreign beers on tap incl. nice stuff as Veltin, and 1 real cider (Biddendens Bushels). The beer quality was just impeccable - all fresh and all well-served (by which I mean a FULL-measured pint or ½ pint every time) by the landlady, patiently working with the tricky sparklers.

The ambience is pretty hard to judge, as I paid my visit around 2:30pm on a weekday afternoon, but this (welcomed) quietness was coupled with extremely great service from the landlady and landlord. Noticing that I was not local but interested in the beers, the building and their business(!), I was given numerous gifts (a beer towel of Castle Rock, plus a set of pump clips for the series of charity ales featuring various British wild-lives) and I still keep this fond memory vividly till this day.

The interior is divided into several parts, very well preserved I'd say, the best part of which to me is the saloon at the left-hand side upon the entrance. Detached, cosy, quiet, and adjacent to the short leg of the L-shaped bar, so service was never a problem. In the background I could hear a couple of locals enjoying their chat and some (not so pleasant) noise from the busy road... No complaint, actually. The second time I visited the pub was several months later. My m8 had good quality hand-cut ham, eggs & chips as lunch and our ales were again spot'on.

All in all, this is a must-visit pub if one's visiting Sheffield (for whatever reasons) and happens to love her/his real ales - s/he shall not regret it, I know this much at least.

Aug 30, 2009
New Barrack Tavern in Sheffield, GB2, United Kingdom
Place rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 3 ratings