“ Address: 72 Charles Street / City Centre / Sheffield / S1 2NB / Telephone: 0114 2721756 „
I visited the Roebuck for a couple of pints on Saturday when meeting up with an old friend. We moved onto the Roebuck after playing a few frames of snooker on Queen's Road.
The Roebuck is located pretty centrally, near to Sheffield Hallam Uni and just a couple of minutes walk from the train station and main shopping area.
The pub itself isn't particularly big, but does have a pretty impressive range of facilities (from what I can remember!). There's an Xbox 360 that you can play on for free (the game whilst we were there was Pro Evolution Soccer 2008, I'm not sure if they had others as we were quite happy with Pro Evo). There's also a pool table although I'm not sure on the price of this as we didn't play. I'm pretty certain that there used to be a dart board there as well, but I didn't notice it on this visit.
At the bar is the usual selection of bottled beers and soft drinks as well as Carling, Fosters and Budweiser on tap. The Bud is priced at £3.10 a pint, which seemed a little expensive. The pub seemed to be staffed only by younger people who (I presume) are students. Getting served was easy at it wasn't busy whilst we were there.
All-in-all, the Roebuck is a pretty nice city centre pub with some good amenities. It also has an outdoor seating area for those hot summer days!
I thought that it was about time that I got around to writing a review about my local pub, the Roebuck Tavern in Sheffield. Well I say local, it is actually located in the city centre, about five miles from where I live, but I still think of it as my local.
The Roebuck Tavern is one of my regular haunts within Sheffield city centre, and as far as city centre pubs go it has a pleasant atmosphere with a regular, friendly clientele that makes a nice refreshing change.
The Roebuck Tavern also has an excellent reputation for good home cooked food which makes it a favourite location for daytime shoppers to call into for a spot of lunch. It is also situated adjacent to the main council offices and there are many other offices nearby making it popular at lunchtimes during the week. During the evenings and weekends the clientele changes but the atmosphere remains warm and friendly.
Location wise the Roebuck Tavern is very central, being close to the Millennium Galleries, the Winter Gardens and the Town Hall. It is however fairly easy to miss if you didn't know that it was there, being tucked away on Charles Street, which runs off Pinstone Street just above the pedestrianised Moor Shopping Centre.
From the outside the Roebuck Tavern is quite an impressive looking building that resembles an old house, which looks a little odd sandwiched between all of the modern city centre buildings. It is painted white in colour and occupies an enviable corner location with a beer garden that faces out onto both sides. The beer garden has wooden tables and benches and from here you can choose to watch the traffic go by on Arundel Gate or simply watch the people go by on Charles Street. Since the recent changes in the smoking laws part of this outdoor area has also been covered with a canvas canopy and there are various patio heaters scattered around.
Inside the pub the decor is quite traditional with a nice intimate feel to it. There are many supporting pillars within the pub which create several different little rooms, where you can almost have your own private party.
These rooms are technically speaking not rooms at all as they are all open plan but they do offer a great deal of privacy. There is a small room in the far corner which was formerly designated as a no smoking room, but is now just an other intimate area, whilst the largest of these rooms at the opposite far corner houses two large pool tables.
The pub floor is carpeted throughout with a modern red patterned carpet and the bar area is covered in varnished wooden slats. These same wooden slats also extend from the floor to around half way up the walls and also halfway up each of the supporting columns that run the full height of the pub from floor to ceiling, and there is further timber on the ceiling with the walls in between simply whitewashed which is effective in giving it a nice general clean feel about it.
The bar area is split into two halves with a smaller serving area at the end where there is a food carvery area. The kitchen where the food is prepared and cooked is located out of sight behind the bar area.
The building dates from 1780 and it is a Grade 2 listed Building. It is situated in an area of the city which is currently undergoing major refurbishment and several buildings within the area, including the Yorkshire Grey public house, directly across the road have been either demolished or their demolition is imminent. The status of the Roebuck Tavern means however that it cannot be touched.
The name Roebuck comes from John Arthur Roebuck, a 19th century British politician who was born in Madras in India in 1801 but lived much of his early life in Sheffield. He was elected MP for Bath in 1832 and remained a Member of Parliament for the next 35 years winning a seat in his beloved Sheffield in 1849.
In 1991 the Roebuck Tavern changed ownership and underwent a name change for the very first time in its history, its name was initially changed to the Newt and Chambers and then it had several different names within a very short space of time before being renamed once again the Roebuck Tavern in the mid 1990's.
There is a nice selection of draught beers, lagers and ciders sold at the bar plus bottled beers and a good selection of wine. The standard strength lagers on sale are Carling (including Carling Extra Cold) and Fosters (including Fosters Super Chilled) whilst there is also Budweiser and San Miguel both available on draught. The premium strength draught lagers are Kronenburg 1664, Stella Artois, and Staropramen.
A pint of Carling currently costs £2.50, and a pint of Fosters £2.54 which is on the top side of average for a city centre pub.
The draught bitters on sale are John Smiths (including John Smiths Extra Cold, Pedigree, Boddingtons, Wards and Deutchards IPA. Guinness and Strongbow Cider are also available on Draught. There is also an extensive range of bottled beers, plus pre mixed spirits which include Reef, VK, and Smirnoff Ice. Non alcoholic lager is also available in bottles, and there is a complete range of soft drinks including Coca Cola and the J2O range, as well as various fruit juices and fizzy drinks. Hot drinks are also available and there is a wide range of different Coffee including Cappuccino, Mocha, Latte, Espresso or plain black or white. Other hot drinks include tea and hot chocolate.
The Roebuck Tavern offers a full range of food from light snacks to full meals, and on a Sunday they offer a full traditional Sunday Roast dinner.
The traditional Sunday Roast costs £5.55 for a standard portion or £6.55 for a large portion. The choice is always Pork, Lamb, or Beef served with three vegetables, roast potatoes and Yorkshire pudding. Dinners are served every Sunday between 12 midday and 4pm.
During the week there are is a special menu available for pensioners between 1.30pm - 5pm where two meals are just £5. Light snacks on sale include crispy potato wedges, onion rings, chicken goujons, fries, salad and garlic bread. Pizzas are also available throughout the day and there are always crisps and snacks behind the bar.
The main meals include lasagne, pies, fish and chips, curries, seafood platter and gammon steak and there are always vegetarian options available. There is also a board which changes each day offering daily specials.
If you cannot face a full meal but still fancy a bite to eat then there are burgers available, plus a full range of hot and cold sandwiches, toasties and paninis. The Roebuck Tavern also serves jacket potatoes and giant Yorkshire puddings, whilst a full English breakfast is also available daily. There is also a buffet menu available and the Roebuck is a popular venue for birthday parties.
The beer garden also has a barbecue area which is used frequently throughout the summer. In addition to the pool tables there are also pinball machines, fruit machines and quiz machines and a free Playstation 2 Gamestation with various different games available.
During the evenings the atmosphere changes and things become a lit bit more lively although during Monday to Thursdays it is generally fairly quiet during the evening.
Friday night is Karaoke night and the place is generally heaving whilst on a Sunday night there is a live band which is usually a folk/blues artist that starts a set from 8pm.
On Saturday nights there is usually a disco. There is currently not a pub quiz held here although there used to be one which took place on Tuesday nights and there is a rumour that this may soon be reinstated.
The opening hours are as below:
Sunday to Thursday 11am - 11pm
Friday 11am - 12.30am
Saturday 11am 12.00 midnight
Food is served
Monday to Friday 12 - 7pm
Saturday 12 - 5pm
Sunday 12 - 4pm
There are disabled toilets on site and disabled access to the building is possible via a side entrance on Union Street. Children and dogs are both allowed at the discretion of the management.
All major Credit Cards are accepted on transactions over £5 and a cashback facility of up to £30 is available on switch cards.
I have been going in the Roebuck Tavern for over seven years now and I always find it to be a very friendly and relaxing place. It is one of the few pubs in the city centre that I can comfortably walk into on my own because I know that there will always be somebody to talk to, and if there isn't and it is quiet then the bar staff are always more than happy to chat.
I find that the Roebuck Tavern is a great place to sit outside in the beer garden during the summer and if there's a Barbecue going on then even better. It is by no means the cheapest pub in town, if it's cheap that you are looking for then I suggest that you try one of the Wetherspoons, but if it is good food, a friendly clientele or a good atmosphere then I would definitely recommend the Roebuck Tavern.
The address is as below:
The Roebuck Tavern
72 Charles Street,
Tel: 0114 272 1756
Traditional pub fare.