New Barrack Tavern
601 Penistone Road
(0114) 234 9148.
Open all day
New Barrack Tavern
A yellow/brown tiled exterior (looks drab and run down, but don't be put off), leads to a pleasant modern interior with three distinct drinking areas and no music, just good conversation.
The first is the public bar with TV and is quite small for a public bar but is traditional - pub mirrors adorn the walls in all rooms. The New Barrack actually feels like a hotel with the bar where the reception should be. The bar itself is a large affair with heavy dark wood overhang and small serving hatch area.
The second area is an open space with tables, benches and stools around the edges of the room. The high ceiling makes the room feel airy, though it can get smoky here. There is a real fire here to warm you in winter, though the selection of up to five real ales on will do the same.
There were beers from Abbydale, Glentworth, Barnsley and others. All were well kept and the sparkler was removed without comments when asked for.
The third room (a no smoking room) resembles a country kitchen in terms of furniture and colour (see picture), but is comfortable and it is especially useful to have the kitchen tables to eat off when you go for the food.
Food is good and wholesome and is all home made. Prices range from £6-£9. There is a choice for the vegetarian (and not just lasagne), and children are catered for. There is no food here Saturday and Sunday evenings, but the Sunday lunch is a big filler, with of course the obligatory Yorkshire pudding.
Out back is a small walled gravelled beer garden - the walls are the surrounding buildings and so not a lot of sun reaches here. Alas there are steps into the pub and so it is not good for the disabled.
Having been runner-up in the CAMRA pub of the year competition, it may well yet win it with its friendly atmosphere and good choice of ales. Your nearest tram stop is on Bamforth Street which entails a little walk down the hill.
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up to 6 guest ales.
plus continental draught ales.
Please call first.