Real Ale in Rotherham 

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                                                                                          Deer Park bar                                                                           cosy inside areas , two  levels 

PUBS AND CLUBS UPDATE 02 08 2021(Deer Park end 2021)



Time for some good news about Rotherham area pubs and clubs’ folks!

The Deer rises again after 14 years closed

The Rising Deer at Brampton-en-le-Morthen finally reopened on June 21st, 2021, after being closed since 2007. The pub was threatened with demolition or conversion to housing but a campaign by residents of Brampton, Thurcroft Parish Council and the Rotherham Branch of CAMRA ensured the building's survival. It was always hoped that it would eventually reopen as a pub and, thanks to Ian Wild, one-time landlord of the Robin Hood at nearby Aughton, this has now been realised. The pub, the only one in the village, is situated on Main Street and opens from midday to 11pm every day.

There is a good selection of food available, but you can also just pop in for a drink. Currently, three real ales are on tap Black Sheep Best Bitter, Theakston old Peculiar and Timothy Taylor's Landlord.

There is a newly created car park, but it can be accessed by bus every day except Sunday on the TM Travel No 20 service from Rotherham to Dinnington. However, this only operates 3 times a day. It can be accessed via the Stagecoach East Midlands 19 and 19a services (Rotherham-Thurcroft-Dinnington-Worksop). Alight at the Brampton Road stop in Thurcroft and Brampton is about a 20-minute walk. These buses run every 15 minutes during the daytime but only hourly in the evening and on Sundays.



Roadhouse Bar & Bottles, Unit 1, 156 Wickersley Road, Broom, Rotherham (on Stag Roundabout)

New micropub and bottle shop, opened in a former supermarket storeroom by beer connoisseur Chris Roadhouse. The bar opened in May 2021 and is accessed via a side entrance, through the outside seating area. The real ale choice on handpump initially alternates between various beers from Timothy Taylors Brewery. This may increase if future demand dictates. In addition, there is a selection of craft keg beers on draught and bottled and canned beers from small breweries, some of which qualify as real by CAMRA's definition. The premises also operates as an off licence offering beers, wines and spirits with a free online delivery service available. Chris is happy to advise on beer choice. The bar opens Monday to Friday from 6 to 10.30pm and from noon to 10.30pm on Saturday and Sunday. It complements the nearby Dragon's Tap and Stag.


That Bar, 5 Barleycroft Lane, Dinnington

Former Barleycorn Club that reopened under the ownership of Laura Stronach as a real ale pub, following extensive refurbishment, in late May 2021. In a former mining town that had become a real ale desert in recent years. It serves a changing real ale from Abbeydale Brewery plus a changing guest real ale from a local brewery. Open from 10am to midnight Monday to Saturday and 11am to 11.30pm Sunday.  A very welcome return for real ale in the township. It's a ten-minute walk from Dinnington Bus Station, via the alleyway at the side of the Lyric Theatre and Laughton Road. Catch the 19 or 19a bus from Rotherham to Worksop (also the No. 20 Rotherham to Dinnington)


Garrison Bar & Kitchen, 129a, Bawtry Road, Wickersley

1920's style bar and kitchen, inspired by the "Peaky Blinders" TV series, run by chef Elliott Vaughan, it opened briefly in October 2020 as a restaurant only but had to close, due to Covid lockdown restrictions. Reopened on May 18th, 2021, as a bar and eatery. Locally sourced produce is served, freshly prepared in house. No real ale is served at present but craft keg beers from local breweries such as Abbeydale and Bradfield are on offer at the bar. Closed Sunday and Monday and open from noon to 10pm other days.



Steptoe’s Cafe Bar, 192, High Street, Kimberworth

Opened in August 2020 by Stuart Carl Ford, in a former hairdressing salon, before being closed due to the pandemic lockdown. Reopened again on May 17th, 2021, offering a selection of luxury coffees and teas, as well as real ales, wines and spirits. It supports local breweries such as Chantry and Little Critters and their beers usually feature on the three hand pumps. Opens Monday to Thursday from noon to 10pm and Friday to Sunday noon to 11pm.


Another New opening

Deer Park Tap, micro-pub in the Deer Park Farm complex on Doncaster Road, opposite Fosters, Thrybergh, S65 4BH. Phone 01709 854440.

Current opening hours are from 12 Midday to 6 pm Monday to Sunday. Hoping to extend these to 9 pm in the near future.

Great selection of drinks available including local 3 cask ales, two from the local Chantry Brewery at a competitive £2.95 per pint.

Please remember to give all our area's pubs and clubs your support in these difficult times. Use them or lose them.

Keep Ale Real - Keep Pubs Real  Paul.


The following pubs and clubs have been subject to changes during the lockdown period. All were closed before the lockdown started and seem unlikely to ever reopen as licensed premises.

Station Hotel, Swinton

Planning permission granted 15/1/21 to create flats above but retain bar and restaurant.

Sportsman, Swinton

The planning application for flats and retail units has been withdrawn following objections on traffic and parking grounds. Another application may be made.

New Red House (formerly Nautical Decades, Bridge Bar, Bridge Inn), Swinton

Planning Application passed to convert to housing.

Hatfield Arms, Laughton

The revised application for housing has been accepted. This includes conversion of the pub into flats instead of demolition, which was refused. Other housing will be built on the car park.

Maltby Miners Welfare Club (the "Stute")

Has been closed since late 2018 but was recently sold by owners CISWO to an undisclosed owner. It was the subject of an attempt to buy from a community group but a reported price tag of £175,000 put it beyond their reach.

The Haynook, Kimberworth is closed and boarded-up. Future uncertain.

The Double Barrel and neighbouring Croft Wine Bar at Thurcroft are closed and I'm told will not be reopening after lockdown. This means there will now be no pub remaining in the village, though the Top Club operated more like a pub than a club prior to lockdown.

Two neighbouring Kimberworth pubs; the Travellers and the Manor Barn, have been the subject of leaseholders handing in their leases in the wake of the pandemic. It is hoped that new licensees will be found for them to reopen soon.

The Staithes at Wath-upon-Dearne was demolished between 13th and 15th March. Only the pub sign remains. In it's time, as the Staithes and previously the Staff of' Life, it was a popular pub for real ale and food but its location hasn't helped in recent years.

The Oak Inn at Swallownest is now up for sale and its future as a pub is uncertain. This was the last traditional pub in the village.

My thanks to Mick Moss , Martin Cook , Richard Hancock , John Bell for the above information. (Paul Redfern)

It is expected that other premises will cease to be licensed following the pandemic. If anyone hears of any closures, please contact Paul Redfern via email ( Thanks.

Real Ale in the Rotherham Metropolitan Area - NOTE these activities below posponed until further notice.

{The branch runs  survey trips once a month - each one to a specific area in turn , the Pubs surveyed are scored by the attendees on the trip and automaticlly go into the Rotherham Camra statistics for the Pubs specifically in our area - these results are the basis for the awards presented to local establishments } see Pub of the season section of this web site .

Note : these above "blind" scores count towards Good Beer Guide inclusion.

For the Town Centre Pub guide - please click on the link below

Use What?ub at to find up to date info on all our local pubs.