A nice station bar with an exceptional range of beers. The Sheffield Tap isn’t as grand as, say, the York Tap (another excellent station pub) but it’s a nice place - a narrrow room with tiled walls, a green and white vaulted ceiling and arched windows facing onto platform 1b.
(Visited 21 October 2013).
Visited on many occasions. Multi roomed venue on station. Micro brewery in middle room. Nice ambiance. Good restoration job. Great beer selection. Always something interesting on and always in good nick. Worth changing trains in Sheffield for.
Visited on Friday evening, 20/05/16, around 6pm.
Located on platform 1 of the station the Tap is a grand building set in the old station with a number of different rooms culminating in one that houses the brewing kit for the Tap brewery.
The place was busy but not too bad and there were a lot of staff on behind the bar so service was always immediate. I was a little disappointed in the selection on my visit. 4 or 5 taps had no beer on them, only one beer from their own brewery (one that has been around for years and I’d had in London) in all there were just two ticks for me. Pricing also very high for Sheffield ... £4.20 for half an Estonian IPA ! Overall a solid stop and an atmospheric venue ... I think i was just unlucky with the choices on my visit.
Fin (941) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | November 10, 2015
We visited here on Saturday 7th November 2015, it was a fairly short walk from the Rutland Arms (another great pub). I am guessing that this must have opened after my last visit to Sheffield which must have been about 5-6 years ago, I think that on that occasion we did the valley of beer walk down to Kelham Island crikey just looked and realized that I never rated any of those pubs back then Grrrrr….Anyway back to the Sheffield Tap. It’s a large pub/station bar situated to the LH side of the station as you approach coming downhill from the town, of course having never been here before we totally missed it at first and ended up on Platform two (where I thought we’d been told it was) before having to ask the worlds grumpiest member of staff on the platform for directions (what a miserable man he turned out to be). So tip for those visiting for the first time, when heading here bear left when you get close to the front and you will see it ahead. You enter via a small wood paneled room and the bar which is long looks out over the platform albeit with tables running along the length of these windows. Wonderful terrazzo floors and ornate tiling add to what is a very nice looking place. Clearly being a station bar the clientele is going to be very varied a rather lashed up chap stood by us slurring incoherently to his mates, a group of young girls in the early twenties I guess sat waiting for a train home, wearing what appeared little more than glorified underwear as there outer garments a few stray Worcester fans getting one last one in before their long trip home and many more. The beer choice was good though as far as I could tell it was cask only (perhaps because it was so busy I just missed whatever kegs there were as I can see that other raters have mentioned keg choice) but there was also an extensive bottled list, the taps must have run to about twenty, I asked for a Hopcraft beer but then baulked at the price of £6.20 a bottle so had a half of Dark Star Carafa Jade instead. We wandered through to the next section which houses the mini brewery set up, again it is a truly wonderfully decorative place, it was busy in here also, however we were still able to find spaces on one of the long bench tables and joined some others already sat down. I liked it here, perhaps not quite as much as the Rutland or Beer Engine but maybe at a quieter time I would like it a little more.
It is certainly a handily placed bar, I stepped off the train from Chesterfield straight into it, can’t do better than that. It does have a slightly cold feel to it, feeling a little like an old fashioned Butchers shop with all the white tiling. There is an extensive range of beers, constantly changing, apart from the 3 Tapped beers. The customers are constantly changing too as the trains arrive and depart. A great place to visit, not sure I would spend the afternoon there.
Must be the best selection of UK beers on tap in Sheffield (including Thornbridge and Brewdog) and extensive selection of bottles from around the globe, including a particularly large selection of Belgians. Prices are quite steep though, especially for the bottles (marked up about 100%). The place was packed when I was there (Friday evening), though bar service was always stellar. Definitely recommended.
This place has recently added another room and is now home to its own microbrewery. The Sheffield Tap’s definitely the crown jewel of the Tap empire. The bar’s quite grand. High ceilings, lovingly restored old-school interior. The beer selection’s big, diverse. Thornbridge features quite prominently. There was a quite a bit of regional stuff on cask. Keg options showcased a good combination of approachable stuff for the casual punter plus specialty items for the true beer geek (big mofo stout on keg!). The bottle list was decent, but loads of quality craft places seem to offer exactly the same bottles these days. The house beers are solid, but very safe (bramling cross bitter, for example). The prices are high for Sheffield, closer to what I usually pay in London. Overall, this is a must-visit place for any ratebeerian heading through Sheffield.
Very convenient to find a pub just after leaving the train at the railway station in Sheffield. You can, in fact, walk directly from platform one and into this two roomed pub with its high ceiling. 10 operating hand pulled cask ales, six of them displaying beers from the Thornbridge brewery. In addition I counted at least 11 beers on tap. Polite service, decent pub food and, most important, clean toilets. A perfect way to start our beer crawl in the steel city (visited, 30.09.2010).
Great refurbishment of a classic train station pub. Obviously very convenient in location! Inside it is actually quite large with traditional features, restored with a contemporary edge. It’s now also home to the Tapped Brew Co, which are located in the adjoining room. As with the other "Tap" outposts the beer selection is great, plenty of interesting casks, kegs and bottles from a whole variety of modern beer. Perhaps a tad expensive for the location, but not for someone used to London. The must-visit destination in Sheffield.