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University Arms (Free House)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Abbeydale - RestorationGood1
Amber Ales - Chilli BlondExcellent1
Bradfield - Farmers Brown CowGood1
Derby - Hop ManiaAcceptable1
Double Top - Bulls EyePoor1
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Epic HalcyonExceptional1
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - KiplingExcellent2
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - SeaforthExceptional2
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Wild SwanExcellent1
Toad - One Good KnightGood1
Acorn - Thirst DegreeNot Tried0
Ashover - Rainbows EndNot Tried0
Barlow - Carnival AleNot Tried0
Dark Star - Espresso StoutNot Tried0
Magpie - FledglingNot Tried0
Ossett - Silver FoxNot Tried0
Ossett - Turning LeavesNot Tried0
Parkway (formerly Glastonbury Ales) - Love MonkeyNot Tried0
Saltaire - Blackberry CascadeNot Tried0
Saltaire - Triple Choc (was Triple Chocoholic)Not Tried0
Silver Brewhouse (formerly Raw) - JR Best BitterNot Tried0
Silver Brewhouse (formerly Raw) - Red Ghost IPANot Tried0
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - BrantaNot Tried0
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Craven SilkNot Tried0
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - JaipurNot Tried0
Picture 1. University Arms, Sheffield, South Yorkshire

Visits Details

17 Mar 2012 (Martin the Mildman)
Almost deserted late on a Saturday afternoon with just a handful of students.
Double Top - Bulls Eye5.00PoorVery bitter pale beer with little malt character. Very dry, bitter finish. My score 9/20.
18 Feb 2012 (Martin the Mildman)
Quiet on a Saturday afternoon.
Derby - Hop Mania4.50AcceptableGolden bitter tyhat is quite bitter but not particularly hoppy. My score 14/20.
10 Sep 2011 (Martin the Mildman)
Acorn - Thirst Degree3.60Not TriedA pale, hoppy beer presumably aimed at the fresh intake of students. Good balance of flavours and a hoppy finish. My score 15/20.
22 Apr 2011 (Martin the Mildman)
Very quiet on Good Friday lunchtime.
Toad - One Good Knight4.30GoodGolden ale with good balance of hop and malt and a fairly dry finish. My score 15/20.
17 Apr 2011 (Pedro)
Amber Ales - Chilli Blond3.90Excellent
Dark Star - Espresso Stout4.20Not Tried
Saltaire - Blackberry Cascade4.80Not Tried
Saltaire - Triple Choc (was Triple Chocoholic)4.80Not Tried
Ashover - Rainbows End4.50Not Tried
Barlow - Carnival Ale4.00Not Tried
Magpie - Fledgling3.80Not Tried
Silver Brewhouse (formerly Raw) - JR Best Bitter4.20Not Tried
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Branta5.00Not Tried
Parkway (formerly Glastonbury Ales) - Love Monkey4.20Not Tried
Silver Brewhouse (formerly Raw) - Red Ghost IPA5.90Not Tried
24 Apr 2010 (Martin the Mildman)
Abbeydale - Restoration4.20GoodVery pale bitter with strong hop flavour with citrus notes. Dry, refreshing hoppy finish. My score 15/20.
03 Oct 2009 (Blair)
My first visit to this pub, and it's another hit for Sheffield. Very sophisticated interior. Not many in when we got here, but then it was only 1 in the afternoon.
Bradfield - Farmers Brown Cow4.20GoodBready, malty beer with a little fruit. I rather liked it.
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Jaipur5.90Not Tried
Ossett - Silver Fox4.10Not Tried
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Wild Swan3.50Not Tried
Ossett - Turning Leaves4.50Not Tried
17 Jul 2009 (Ian)
Met up with Alex, the Marketing Manager from Thornbridge Hall, and he kindly organised some cellar runs of jugs of Epic Halcyon for us. Landlord was very understanding as we had been drinking all day and one of our group had a bit of a snooze in the corner. I ended up chatting with Danes about beer and travel and the UK. I really, really like this pub.
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Kipling5.20ExceptionalAfter having this not on form in Derby on the Tuesday and then on the previous evening at this pub, this was astonishing. Even Jacob from Ratebeer only wanted to drink this. The Nelson Sauvin hops were outstanding.
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Epic Halcyon7.70ExceptionalI must admit I lost count of how much of this I had as I just kept pouring out glasses from the jug for other Ratebeer people as well as myself. I think the word "messy" would be appropriate. Flowery aroma, more flowery hop than the regular version. Then really piney resiny after with great hot hops on the end. So resiny it’s untrure
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Seaforth5.90ExcellentSecond day running and I still liked it.
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Wild Swan3.50Not Tried
16 Jul 2009 (Ian)
Although there were plenty of beers to drink in Huddersfield, I came back early to ensure that I came to this pub. Thornbridge are one of my favourite breweries and I wanted to try their beers here. It's a superb relaxed pub where I felt instantly at home and would be the first pub I would come back to in Sheffield.
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Seaforth5.90ExceptionalCopper amber colour with a slight haze. Lasting beige head. Aroma of slightly salty hop. Maltier than Jaipur, some caramel, but really aggressive English hops on finish. Typical Thornbridge drinkability. Impressive. Pink grapefruit on aroam. Stunning English IPA So aggressive on the end it's untrue, but in a good way. Bit of toffee int he flavour and peppery hop on finish.
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Wild Swan3.50ExcellentI probably have not had this since Reading BF a few years ago. Hazy very pale gold, with a lasting white head. Bit of nettle on the aroma. Fantastic at just 3.4% ABV. A light ale with great hop sting on the finish. Awesome really. Yeast, lemon squash on the aroma. Again this great Thornbridge drinkability. Frankly a stunning lemony light bitter. Gorgeous and great intensity of flavour.
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Kipling5.20AcceptableNot in great shape to be honest, far better the next evening when this was so good. A bit too sweaty sox rather than singing Nelson Sauvin hop on the aroma.
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Craven Silk4.00Not Tried

About the University Arms

The pub sign. University Arms, Sheffield, South Yorkshire

Summary of Beer Scores


The pub is found in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S3 7HG.

Just off the ring road and close to the University tram stop, in the University of Sheffield. Wooden bar serves 5 beers including Thornbridge Hall beers advertised outside. Attractive conservatory and garden to the rear. Red velour bench seating with etched glass windows. Mix of academics, students and beer lovers.

We have visited this pub 9 times, seen 25 different beers and tried 10 of them.

Map location

Postcode: S3 7HG