The King’s Head pub reunion

Did you ever used to visit The King’s Head pub in Crosspool before it was demolished?

On Saturday 14 May, Sarah Goodhead is organising a get together for anyone who used to be a regular at the pub.

Go along to the Crosspool Tavern on Saturday 14 May from 8pm to join in the reunion and meet old friends, share memories and have a laugh.

Sheffield Forum King’s Head reunion thread

Crosspool Tavern
Crosspool Tavern, venue for the King's Head reunion on Saturday 14 May

Man accidentally drives car into Sportsman pub

A driver accidentally drove his new Mercedes into a Crosspool pub last week.

After enjoying a meal at The Sportsman on Thursday 3 February, the man left the premises at around 6pm to drive home in the car he’d collected earlier that day from the motor dealer.

Apparently being unacquainted with the layout of the vehicle, he inadvertently engaged forward drive, rather than reverse, and shot forward through the walled bay window, causing extensive damage to the front of the building .

Fortunately no one was sitting near the window at the time, and the driver walked away shaken but uninjured.

The bay window adjacent to the disabled parking spaces at the front of the pub is now boarded up on both the outside and inside.

Boarded up area of The Sportsman pub in Crosspool
Boarded up area of The Sportsman pub in Crosspool
Boarded up area of The Sportsman pub in Crosspool
Boarded up area of The Sportsman pub in Crosspool
Boarded up area of The Sportsman pub in Crosspool
Boarded up area of The Sportsman pub in Crosspool
Inside the boarded up area of The Sportsman pub in Crosspool
Inside the boarded up area of The Sportsman pub in Crosspool

The Old Grindstone pub to reopen on 25 February

After years of uncertainty, including rumours of closure and demolition, the future of the Old Grindstone public house in Crookes seems safe, at least for the moment.

The owners, Greene King, are refitting the premises with a view to reopening on 25 February. With a banner on the pub promising ‘new food and drinks at great prices’, it seems that a more comprehensive food menu will be a feature of the relaunched pub.

Greene King has also applied for an extension in opening hours to provide alcohol and entertainment from 9am-12 midnight Sunday to Thursday and 9am-1am on Fridays and Saturdays.

The application can viewed during office hours at the Licensing Department in the town hall.

The Old Grindstone
The Old Grindstone: due to reopen on 25 February

Local pub facing demolition to make way for property development

A planning application (10/03887/FUL) has been submitted for the Hallamshire Hotel building on Lydgate Lane. It proposes that the former pub is demolished to make way for four dwelling houses, two apartments and detached garage block.

The planning, design and access statement (PDF, 515KB) for the application states:

There has been a succession of short term tenants, all of whom have failed to successfully operate a sustainable and profitable business. Clearly licensed use for this site is no longer the most viable form of operation.

The pub has been closed for several months now, with the windows boarded up.

Residents have until 25 January 2011 to comment on the application.

Planning application 10/03887/FUL

The Hallamshire Hotel on Lydgate Lane: facing demolition to make way for a housing development
The Hallamshire Hotel on Lydgate Lane: facing demolition to make way for a housing development

Boxing day match latest

Hallam FC have issued an update about Sunday’s big match against Sheffield FC:

  • Tickets are still available to purchase in person from the Plough pub on Sandygate Road
  • If you have already ordered tickets online, the final date that they were posted out was 20 December. Any ordered via the internet after this date will be available for collection at the ground on the day
  • With supporters travelling from around the UK and abroad, a pitch inspection is planned for tomorrow (Thursday 23 December) to assess the impact of the current cold spell. Following this an update will be issued regarding the likelihood of the match taking place, as the club very much hopes it will. There will also be a pitch inspection on the day of the match
  • A commemorative programme and limited edition Badges (numbered 1- 150) will also be on sale on the day

We’ll pass on any news as soon as we get it after tomorrow’s pitch inspection.

Our Cow Molly family bonfire, Saturday 6 November 2010

Crosspool families are invited to the Out Cow Molly bonfire from 2:30pm on Saturday at Cliffe House Farm in Dungworth.

The free event includes a fire engine which will be giving rides all afternoon to raise money for the fire museum, a barbecue serving Yorkshire highland beef burgers, hot drinks, a Bradfield Brewery bar and of course a big bonfire which will be lit at 5pm.

Cliffe House Farm was originally a dairy farm dating back to 1947. With the price of milk falling, in 2007 the family decided to diversify into dairy ice cream and Our Cow Molly was born.

Our Cow Molly currently supplies its excellent range of ice cream to outlets including Bamforth’s in Crosspool, The Three Merry Lads pub in Lodge Moor and Cream coffee shop in Broomhill.

Our Cow Molly family bonfire
Our Cow Molly family bonfire

Hallam FC v Sheffield FC 150th anniversary boxing day match

23 December update: the match has been postponed

The oldest football ground in the world in Crosspool is to host a Boxing day rematch between the world’s two oldest football clubs.

On Boxing day 1860, Hallam FC played Sheffield FC in the world’s first inter-club football match. The 2010 rematch at Sandygate marks the 150th anniversary of this historical game.

The day will include refreshments plus pre-match and half-time entertainment. And of course the Plough pub is just over the road from the ground.

Tickets are on sale now and are limited to Sandygate’s capacity of about 1,000. Standing is £10/£7 concessions, seating is £15/£12 concessions.

Buy tickets online from

As part of the 150th anniversary celebrations, an England C team will also play a Hallam XI at Sandygate on Tuesday 19 October.

Sandygate, the oldest football ground in the world
Sandygate, the oldest football ground in the world

The Sportsman pub to reopen on Friday 18 September

The refurbishment of the Sportsman pub on Benty Lane is due for completion in time for its reopening tomorrow (Friday 18 September).

The new look reflects a change in the approach of the Sportsman from a bar with a restaurant, to a restaurant with a bar. On entering the premises through the main entrance, black tiles, boarded by a carpeted area to the right, and a polished wood floor dining room to the left, direct you to the bar.

Work started in earnest when the pub closed for business last Sunday teatime and this week has seen vans, machinery and workers arrive to transform the premises in time for the reopening.

The new-look Sportsman pub in Crosspool
The new-look Sportsman pub in Crosspool