A little research reveals that the heraldic coat of arms of the Worshipful Company of Cutlers is a rather fancy affair with no less than three elephants and three sets of cross swords.

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If the pub that bears the Cutler’s name has a crest, it isn’t that visible, although it has to be said that it would make a vibrantly exuberant inn sign.
There are splendid floral displays outside, and the place was once part of the Stones Brewery chain, who proudly announced that fact in the stonework. It is now operated by the Chantry people, who clearly value the heritage that they have inherited – there’s some amazing original stained glass, a lot of arts and crafts woodwork and wondrous pale green tiling The lobby area has a fine mosaic, worn, but another little bit of history.
It is a hugely popular music venue, with many local bands and other bigger tribute acts, and there is a vast marquee to the rear. Not a place for a quiet pint on those evenings.
The bar juts out into the main body of the ground floor, and serves the space to the right, to the front, and a smaller snug to the left. Chantry has a wide selection of their beers on offer, around a dozen or so, and the splendid Full Moon is nearly always available. You’ll find the usual pub snacks but, if you get your timing right, you can also try the delicious meat pie and mushy peas.
Here we have a no-nonsense place, and it knows precisely who it caters for. No frills, but part of the social fabric of the town.
The Cutler’s Arms, 29 Westgate, Rotherham S60 1BQ Tel: 01709 382581.

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Jill Turton

Jill Turton is a freelance food and travel journalist who writes for numerous publications. She inspects restaurants for national food guides and is a regular reviewer for the Yorkshire Post. Jill is author of Good Food in Yorkshire and the Time Out Guide to the Lake District and with Mandy Wragg writes the Yorkshire online food guide www.squidbeak.co.uk'

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