The Fat Cat
23 Alma Street
off Ward Street
Open all day
The Fat Cat
A two-roomed pub with a small single bar in the room to the left of the entrance. You can also be served from the hatch in the corridor. The bar looks like one of those used by McMullen at beer festivals, all wood, self-contained with a low roof (you feel like you want to pick it up).
11 hand pumps (4 beers from the Kelham Island brewery). Continental beer in bottle and draught is available here. There is also a real cider (plus fruit wines) served direct from the barrel on the bar.
Food is served here 12-3, 6-8pm Monday to Friday, Saturday 12-8pm, plenty to choose from and a good vegetarian/vegan selection. Prices are cheap £4.50 for most dishes and the portions are a good size too.
The bar room has a bench seat all the way round the wall with round tables and stools. At one end is a real tiled fireplace. On the walls are awards and pictures of pubs and breweries (Kimberly) high up. A corridor separates the bar from the other room which is larger. It also has a real fire and square tables and chairs.
There is a beer garden out back of picnic tables and the brewery is next door with a river passing outside. Disabled access is not good, as access is narrow, though no steps (hillock in bar floor, very deceptive).
Toilets are clean, note the pictures of other Sheffield pub toilets on the wall. They also have a no smoking section that children are allowed in. With no music its the perfect place for conversation.
No accommodation here. Dogs welcome.
Nearest tram stop is Shalesmoor.
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4 Kelham Island beers
up to 7 guest ales.