The Roebuck has stood for well over a century. It has weathered the Blitz on Sheffield, which flattened much of the core of the city on one fateful night in 1940.

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It has lived through the reigns of six monarchs and more Prime Ministers than I care to list.
And it still lives on and holds up its head as one of the best that this corner of the county has to offer. The exterior is much as it was. Inside, it is a very different matter. Old bar areas have been opened up to provide a number of spaces, all cleverly sub-divided by tables or half-walls.
The art nouveau-style embossed wallpaper below the dado rails has been retained, as has a tiled fireplace. There is some original art on the walls, and one or two other pictures. They all serves to lift the grey and steel decor elsewhere. A long single bar serves everyone.
The things that elevate the Roebuck to being a special haven are the fact that it serves about six good real ales on rotation and there is a notice which requests that persons under the age of 16 should vacate the premises by 6.30pm. A brave decision in these alleged “family-friendly” days, but one that is to be applauded. There is also the fact that the food is superb value for money – the locally-made pies have built up a deserved high regard and reputation, with a generous plateful of pie, mushy peas and crisp golden fries coming in at under six quid. And, at just over £2 a pop, the Sheffield pasties are a steal.
At times it’s lively and during some days a little on the quiet side. It goes its own way and it has a confident air. Something of a treasure, in fact.
The Roebuck, 72, Charles Street, Sheffield, S1 2NB. 0114 272 1756.

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Phil Penfold

A journalist for over half century, Phil writes over a broad range of subjects, including food and drink. He has been a long-term CAMRA member and is a keen supporter of Yorkshire's many and varied markets and independent retailers.

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