It has long been contended that Sheffield is the Rome of Yorkshire. The Italian capital stands on seven hills, and Sheffield, being Sheffield, has at least as many. And at the top of one of them, stands the Punchbowl. It’s had a recent makeover and one, thankfully, that works.

Pub of the Week: The Punch Bowl, Crooks
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There are many modern touches and they have also observed the basic layout of the place, keeping many of the original features and sprucing them up sympathetically.
The tiles and the parquet flooring, for example, remain intact. There is an eclectic mix of posters and prints, and a few little framed whimsies.
Once made up of several bars, everything has been opened out, without creating an anonymous barn of a place. There are great views to the rear, which is the main dining area, all light and spacious and airy, and in contrast there a great little snug-type cubby-hole, to one side, which serves as the darts area. For some reason, this seems also to be a shrine devoted to David Bowie, with some of his iconic album covers framed as decoration.
A pint of (beautifully served) Alchemy from the nearby Abbeydale outfit will set you back £3.60, and there’s a splendid selection of real and craft ales. In the food department, they’ve hit the bullseye with homemade (and very ample) pies at a tenner, and a daily menu with top whack dishes going for around £15.50.
It is hoped that many of the locals who used to frequent the Punchbowl will return, and boy, will they get a pleasant surprise when they do.

About The Author

Amanda Wragg

Mandy Wragg is a freelance food journalist, writing and inspecting for the Yorkshire Post, Alastair Sawday, the Morning Advertiser, the AA, Cool Places and David Hancock's Inn Places. She co-writes www.squidbeak.co.uk, an independent guide to eating, drinking and staying in Yorkshire.

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