Kelham Beer Trail

The Fat Cat pub in Kelham Island

Sheffield’s proud history of beer goes almost hand in hand with its industry, as small but numerous breweries formed during the industrial revolution, helped provide refreshment to those who worked in the steel works and factories.

So, it’s not surprising that Kelham Island has long been at the forefront of Sheffield's brewing reputation and has become a mecca for renowned real ale pubs and microbreweries.  

One of the area's best known pubs, The Fat Cat on Alma Street is a true traditional boozer, bursting with character and their inviting beer garden is a welcome place during the summer.

Round the corner, the Kelham Island Tavern is also well reputed with real ale connoisseurs, with countless awards clinging to its walls and is the the only pub to have been the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) National Pub of the Year two years running.

Within Kelham Island Museum itself, you'll find the The Millowners Arms, serving up both cask and keg beers in their cosy interior adorned with brewing nostalgia and across the museum's large cobbled courtyard. 

A little further off the beaten track in Neepsend, the Gardeners Rest (next to the Cutlery Works) has a fantastic beer garden overlooking the river, and is the tap for the nearby Sheffield Brewery Company. It's also Sheffield's first community-owned pub, bought out by over 400 regulars in 2017.

On the north side of the River Don you’ll find The Riverside, part of Sheffield's True North Brew Co. chain of pubs and home to good beer, pies, as well as a brilliant mural by Phlegm

Close by, on the other side of the dual carriageway to The Riverside, The Harlequin is another traditional real ale pub along the river, serving locally brewed beers and is the tap pub for Exit 33 Brewing. They also have an amusing Twitter account

Nearby, where Kelham blurs into Shalesmoor, Shakespeare's in another Sheffield pub with a bold reputation, having been named as one of the Top 10 Best Craft Beer Pubs in the country by The Guardian back in 2018. You'll often find live music here to alongside the extensive range of beer.

Just across the road, The Bar Stewards is micropub/bottle shop covered in an ever-expanding collage of colourful beer labels, thanks to their regularly changing 14 keg/cask taps. 

Beyond the more traditional beer pubs in Kelham Island, Heist Brew Co. is one of the new faces of the area's beer scene, having relocated their brewery and subsequently opened a 30 line taproom in Neepsend. 

Set over two rooms with two separate bars, their extensive Taproom and a Tasting Lounge has enough room for 200 people seated indoors. They also have Slap & Pickle on site, serving insanely good burgers and dirty fries (gluten free and vegan available), as well as a Shuffleboard table and arcade machines. 

If you like your beers vegan, Church - Temple of Fun is a fully vegan bar with a great range, as is The Old Workshop, plus both have great plant-based bar grub to go alongside.