Now then, three or four years back you would have been hard pushed to get a decent pint anywhere along Abbeydale Road. That was criminal especially bearing in mind that this artery of Sheffield stretches for about six miles from the city / London Road out to the edges of the Peak district right up in Totley. Skip to 2014 and there are options aplenty and you might even see a seven stone lass with blue hair playing table tennis whilst swigging a bottle of beer! I kid you not.
The latest addition to the area is the Picture House Social. Overseen by the team from The Great Gatsby, this subterranean hang-out is literally and metaphorically super-cool but things hot up as the night progresses. Despite being new, this place is already popular. We were glad we got there early so that we could grab a table and we really enjoyed the pizzas, although the arancini were a tad doughy and sage-heavy for us but then this is a beer log. Whatta we know?!
More importantly, there were three well-selected cask lines in operation. Saltaire's Raspberry Blonde was in form and, rather than have a Marble Bitter, I stayed local with a Deception which lacked the zing that this beer ought to have. A decent array. That said other options were readily available too. Five or six bottles from the fantastic Hop Hideout were offered and it's great to see local businesses dovetail so splendidly. My OH and I shared a cracking bottle of South African Shiraz at a fair price and the cocktails sounded pretty special too, or so I was told.
Thereafter, we made a night of it bobbing to the Broady and then schlepping to the Sheaf View to round off what is now a neat little local crawl.
Picture House Social is a great addition to the Abbeydale Road area. Pizza, pints and ping pong are now available on our doorstep! Yay!