When Victorian speculators started to build the little Sheffield enclave that is Nether Edge they clearly thought that a useful amenity would be a pub. Up went what is still named the Union Hotel and in an area steeped in local history, the building is now Grade II list

Pub of the Week: The Union Hotel
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The Union Hotel truly is a little gem. The interior is crammed full of memorabilia and odd objects. Ancient typewriters on the window-sills, books on the shelves, stuffed animal heads on the walls.
There is no television, no music and no children allowed. There are snugs if you want a more intimate conflab, larger rooms if you want to be more social. On the little terrace, two gentlemen of a certain age were swapping books and another couple were relaxing in the sunshine.
The Abbeydale Brewery is favoured here and their Moonshine is a favourite. The fact that it is kept to perfection is clearly the reason why, and a couple of pints went down a treat.
The “traditional pub” ethos is carried through into opening times. It opens at spot-on midday on weekdays, and closes at 2pm, reopening at 5.30pm. At the weekends, it is late afternoon when the door flings wide, and 10.30pm when it creaks shut.
A good little menu is served with a smile – the burgers are particularly tempting – and the fact that our landlord has now been running things for well over two decades should tell you that this is a success story, and then some.
Lucky are those to have the Union as their local. Lucky, lucky, lucky.
The Union Hotel, Union Road, Sheffield, S11 9EF. 0114 255 0689.

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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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