With the whiff of home in my nostrils, I stopped in for a pint and what amounted to a very late lunch at The Howard, a pub just across the road from Sheffield’s rail station.
With an impressive mock-Tudor exterior, I suspect it’s a popular choice for the outbound traveller with time to kill before heading away on the train.
Having not visited previously it was hard to tell, but I got the impression that I’d visited very shortly after the place had had a refurbishment. It may look much better than before but it looked like a pretty standard pub to me, albeit with a clean, contemporary feel.
Service was a strength with the bar staff extremely attentive and friendly, and not short of good banter.
The menu packed in the expected modern pub grub fare: burgers, faintly Mexican dishes, mac n cheese. Having established there was none of the last item available due to a delivery foul-up that day, I opted instead for the “ultimate” burger. This soon arrived topped with three mediocre onion rings and some decent chips.
The burger was not bad with a reasonable degree of moisture and flavour to it. The cheese, pickles and mustard mayo were underwhelming and the brioche bun was stale.
So overall, The Howard is doing a solid if unspectacular job on the food front. It’s a friendly spot with a reasonable range of beer, though, so serves its purpose as a station tavern amply well. I’ll likely visit again when next I’m early for my train in this city.
Blythe scores The Howard
2.5/5 for food
3/5 for presentation
4/5 for service
3.5/5 for setting
giving an overall 13/20
I ate: ultimate burger, chips
I drank: Revisionist rye
I wore: pinstripes
Total bill: £8.59
Address: Howard Street, Sheffield, S1 2LW