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Gardeners Rest (Sheffield Brewery Company)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Red - Sundial GoldExcellent1
Tempest - Innocente PorteringExcellent1
Fixed Wheel - Smoked StoutExcellent1
Salopian - Black Heart StoutExcellent1
Cromarty - Hit The LipExcellent1
Hay Rake - Dawn's Dark Side StoutExcellent1
Black Wolf (formerly Traditional Scottish Ales (TSA)) - Wild MildExcellent1
Alechemy - Cairnpapple IPAGood1
Eden River (formerly Eden) - Eden BestGood1
Freewheelin' - All Sorts XX BitterGood1
White Rose (Sheffield) - Harvest BlondGood1
Grafton - Green Duck Brewing Co. - QuackersGood1
Imperial - Christmas SpiritGood1
Sheffield - Five RiversGood1
Greenfield - Terry's MildGood1
Speyside Craft - Randolph's LeapGood1
Fox - Nina's MildGood1
Sheffield - Crucible BestGood1
Three Kings - Boscobel OakGood1
MòR - -Ish!Acceptable1
Blindmans - Bah Humbug!Acceptable1
Oates - GoldenAcceptable1
Sheffield - Christmas Spiced StoutAcceptable1
Front Row - TouchAcceptable1
Lion Heart - Amber Single Hopped Ale (superseded by 4.8% version)Acceptable1
Andrews Ales - Supus LupusAcceptable1
S43 (formerly Sonnet 43) - Brown AlePoor1
Driftwood Spars - MontolPoor1
Blackjack - Honey TrapNot Tried0
Hay Rake - Dawn's Hoppin' MadNot Tried0
Sheffield - Sheffield PorterNot Tried0
Silver Brewhouse (formerly Raw) - Dark Peak StoutNot Tried0
Sheffield - Blanco BlondeNot Tried0
Clouded Minds - Clout StoutNot Tried0
London Beer Factory - London SessionNot Tried0
Gipsy Hill - BeatnikNot Tried0
Sheffield - NuggetNot Tried0
Mobberley - RevelationNot Tried0
Picture 1. Gardeners Rest, Sheffield, South Yorkshire

Visits Details

19 Dec 2014 (Stephen Harris)
Mid to late-evening visit. Good live music in the main bar. In addition to the beers I have listed, there were two from Wentworth Brewery and four more from Sheffield Brewery.
Fixed Wheel - Smoked Stout5.30ExcellentCreamy, dry, black Stout. Just a hint of smoke.
Imperial - Christmas Spirit6.00GoodAmber-coloured. Obviously strong and warming. Some hop character.
Blindmans - Bah Humbug!4.50AcceptableBrown and hiding under a big creamy head. Ordinary.
Sheffield - Christmas Spiced Stout4.80AcceptableA black Stout that is heavily spiced. A bit thin.
Lion Heart - Amber Single Hopped Ale (superseded by 4.8% version)4.00AcceptableAmber-coloured and a bit underwhelming.
01 Nov 2014 (Nick Willis)
A little off the beaten track but a proper pub with a decent selection. There were more ales but I didn't note them.
Sheffield - Five Rivers3.80Good
Sheffield - Crucible Best3.80Good
Sheffield - Sheffield Porter4.40Not Tried
Sheffield - Blanco Blonde4.20Not Tried
12 Oct 2014 (Stephen Harris)
Evening visit after a fine day’s rambling in northern Derbyshire. Quiet on arrival, but plenty of folks coming in for the 9pm quiz. I was a little surprised to see beers here from two of London’s smaller micros.
Freewheelin' - All Sorts XX Bitter4.10GoodScottish-style heavy malt bitter.
White Rose (Sheffield) - Harvest Blond4.00GoodPale and tasty.
Sheffield - Sheffield Porter4.40Not Tried
Silver Brewhouse (formerly Raw) - Dark Peak Stout4.50Not Tried
Sheffield - Five Rivers3.80Not Tried
Sheffield - Blanco Blonde4.20Not Tried
Sheffield - Crucible Best3.80Not Tried
Clouded Minds - Clout Stout5.60Not Tried
London Beer Factory - London Session3.80Not Tried
Gipsy Hill - Beatnik3.80Not Tried
Sheffield - Nugget4.00Not Tried
Mobberley - Revelation2.60Not Tried
15 Dec 2012 (Martin the Mildman)
Busy with beer samplers on the pre-Christmas get together.
Speyside Craft - Randolph's Leap4.90GoodA lager style beer with quite a sweet inital taste before some fruity hop takes over. My score 15/20.
Three Kings - Boscobel Oak4.50GoodDark ruby bitter with a strong bitter malt flavour combined with some fruity hop in the finish. My score 15/20.
S43 (formerly Sonnet 43) - Brown Ale4.70PoorRed coloured nut brown ale unfortunately with a dry appley flavour that isn't true to style. My score 9/20.
16 Nov 2012 (Martin the Mildman)
A few in on a Friday afternoon.
Salopian - Black Heart Stout4.30ExcellentDry roasty stout with a full bodied bitter roasted coffee flavour. Dry, roast finish. My score 16/20.
Hay Rake - Dawn's Dark Side Stout3.40ExcellentSweet and chocolatey stout packed with flavour for its strength. Hints of coffee too. My score 17/20.
Hay Rake - Dawn's Hoppin' Mad3.80Not Tried
05 Oct 2012 (Martin the Mildman)
A few in here after Sheffield Beer Festival.
Tempest - Innocente Portering4.80ExcellentBrewed by the Innocente brewer at Tempest pending installation of own plant. A dark brown porter with a full bodied sweetish character and good balance of hop and malt, My score 16/20.
MòR - -Ish!4.20AcceptableAmber bitter with bitter hop flavours and little maltiness. My score 14/20.
29 Sep 2012 (Martin the Mildman)
Driftwood Spars - Montol4.10PoorAmber bitter with a very bitter flavour without any balancing flavours. Not to my taste. My score 9/20.
Blackjack - Honey Trap4.50Not Tried
07 Jul 2012 (Martin the Mildman)
Quick visit here on a Saturday afternoon, and quite a few beer samplers present.
Cromarty - Hit The Lip3.80ExcellentPale golden with a sweetish fruity citrus hop character. Some malt balance and a fruity citrus finish. My score 16/20.
Grafton - Green Duck Brewing Co. - Quackers4.00GoodA pale bitter with a moderately hoppy and fruity flavour. My score 15/20.
09 Jun 2012 (Martin the Mildman)
Good showing of beer samplers here.
Red - Sundial Gold4.00ExcellentPale golden bitter with a full flavoured sweet, malty and fruity flavour. My score 16/20.
Fox - Nina's Mild3.90GoodDark brown mild making a rare appearance. Bittersweet malt flavours and low hoppiness. My score 15/20.
Oates - Golden4.10AcceptableGolden bitter with a dry, bitter hop character and a very dry, astringent finish. My score 14/20.
19 May 2012 (Martin the Mildman)
Final beer festival here before the owners leave the pub. A good turnout of beer samplers here.
Black Wolf (formerly Traditional Scottish Ales (TSA)) - Wild Mild3.80ExcellentDark ruby mild with a full bodied sweet toffee and caramel flavour. Low hop rate and a sweetish finish. My score 16/20.
Greenfield - Terry's Mild3.80GoodA chocolate and orange mild with chocolate more in evidence than orange. Fairly bitter malt flavour with a little fruit in the finish. My score 15/20.
Alechemy - Cairnpapple IPA4.10GoodPale bitter with a good balance of hop and malt flavours. Fairly dry finish. My score 15/20.
Eden River (formerly Eden) - Eden Best4.00GoodPale bitter with a strong malty flavour. Not a great deal of hop character. Sweetish biscuity finish. My score 15/20.
Andrews Ales - Supus Lupus3.60AcceptablePale bitter with a dryish, bitter flavour. Some malt and hop taste and a rather dry finish. My score 14/20.
Front Row - Touch4.00AcceptableAmber bitter traditional in style, fairly dry and bitter. My score 14/20.

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About the Gardeners Rest

The pub sign. Gardeners Rest, Sheffield, South Yorkshire

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The pub is found in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S3 8AT.

Severely damaged by floods in 2007, this pub reopened after extensive rebuilding and renovation. There is a small comfortable bar at the front, a larger room to the side and a conservatory at the rear backing on to the River Don. It serves beers from Sheffield Brewery along with guests from microbreweries across the country.

We have visited this pub 28 times, seen 80 different beers and tried 68 of them.

Map location

Postcode: S3 8AT