Dogs aren’t daft. When canines in South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire hear the name the Norfolk Arms they no doubt make a bolt for the front door. For this fine establishment, high up there on the hills to the west of Sheffield is a doggy paradise. There are bowls for water along the outdoor seating areas and a large jar of dog biscuits on the counter indoors.
The Norfolk just happens to be right smack bang in the middle of walking country. Trails and footpaths go off in all directions, and the management even organise their own walking events which conclude with some grub back at base. With its wood-burning stoves, oak beams and stout stone walls, this fine old place, which has stood here since George III was on the throne, is Grade II listed.
The seating is comfortably higgledy-piggledly and there is also a much-polished pub piano. The menu offers food that is good solid stuff, nothing overly-fancy here.
Look slightly up on the shelves behind the bar, and you have entered a whisky-drinker’s nirvana. There are dozens upon dozens to choose from. And the ales are almost as wide-ranging, with lots of guest beers.
The decoration is largely a range of limited edition prints by local artists of local landmarks and perspectives, and all very easy on the eye. Even easier, on clear days, are the stunning views. Small wonder that this lovely old pub has a special place in the hearts of so many folk. And their four-legged companions.
The Norfolk Arms, Ringinglow Road, Ringinglow. S11 7TS. 0114 230 2197.
DRINKS SELECTION 5/5