Traditional pub, with a decent selection of ales served in good condition. I sat in the front room, which was busy for a Tuesday lunchtime in January, where the atmosphere was pleasant. I can see why it has won so many awards. Very good.
Great traditional pub that’s always busy. Mainly cask but a few craft kegs creeping in recently. Last couple of times I’ve been in they’ve had Buxton on keg. Usually a very good selection of casks. This time they had beers by red willow, shiny, abbydale, acorn and framework. So a good mix of traditional and newer modern craft breweries. And seems to keep to fairly local breweries. So overall all great for cask, a few more craft keg lines would be nice.
Old school pub with decent grub and even better beer, well kept cask keenly priced and some *evil keg* fonts recently installed, all in good nick. Tables and carpets in main room with conservatory seating at the back.
One of CAMRA’s darlings (twice winner of National Pub of the Year) and for good reason, the Kelham Island Tavern is a great place to have a pint or three. About 10-12 ales, with handpumps lining the small L-shaped bar. Beers from Brass Castle, Acorn and other well-regarded Northern brewers. Kernel and St Louis on keg, expanding the drinker’s choice. There’s more seating in the back room, although the front is where the action is. Having said this, the reproduction of Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights is one of the best things I can remember seeing I a pub... you can sit next to Hell and get a slice of heaven.
Visited in the evening of Friday 18th December 2015. Got the bus out of town which stops on the main road a couple of minutes away. A quick stroll through an industrial area and you arrive at the pub. 2 roomed place that was busy by the bar with the local Christmas crowd with the back room having room to sit down. It appears everyone in the pub had to shout at each other. Despite this the beer range is excellent, well kept and decently priced. Good service. Lovely pub.
The Kelham Island Tavern has the feel of a Georgian inn with rich yellow and rust paint, a kind of neatness about it and a bottle glass window into the dining room at the back. There was quite an eclectic range of cask beer and they also serve basic food - burger, chips and so on.
(Visited 16 February 2015).