those of you who know the harlequin will know that we just *love* christmas. nothing better than the festive cheeriness and tinsel.

and yes, by popular demand, we will once again be serving christmassy dinners throughout december. however, one of the things that makes christmas so special is NOT THINKING ABOUT IT TOO BLOODY EARLY. i mean, without naming names, there was a bar in town who had a christmas tree up and a christmas menu on display in july. SODDING JULY!

so we’re going to hang on just a little while longer before finalising the menu. we have got plenty of bookings in already, though, so if you do want to book drop us a line. for reference, last year’s menu was £14 for 2 courses, or £18 for 3 courses, and we don’t expect any major changes to the format this year, although some of the starters, the vegetarian option, and some of the puddings may be slightly different. you can have a look at last year’s menu here if it will help. if you have any specific dietary needs, please let us know so that we can plan around them. and of course if you want something more informal we can arrange buffets for you. we’re good like that.

give us a shout if you have any questions, either by: replying to this post; e-mailing harlequinpub[@]gmail.com; texting 07794156916; or phoning 0114 275 8195 [though be warned, the landline is a bit crackly sometimes, so we may spend most of the time shouting HELLO CAN YOU HEAR ME CAN YOU SPEAK UP A LITTLE BIT PLEASE I’LL JUST GO SOMEWHERE QUIETER SORRY]

…wonderful for us because we get to close for a couple of days and catch up on sleep – hurrah! which brings us neatly onto altered opening times for the pub and kitchen over the next few weeks :)

if you’re intending to eat with us during december, we recommend contacting us in advance to check availability of menu and service hours:

friday 12th december – pub open as normal, very limited kitchen service due to pre-booked christmas dinners

saturday 13th december – pub open as normal, kitchen open 12.00-3.00 only

sunday 14th december – pub open as normal, kitchen open 12.30-3.00 for sunday dinners only

monday 15th december – pub and kitchen open as normal

tuesday 16th december – pub open as normal, limited kitchen service

wednesdsay 17th december – pub and kitchen open as normal (and the last quiz of 2014!)

thursday 18th december – pub and kitchen open as normal

friday 19th december – pub and kitchen open as normal, although please note it is mad friday, wearing of body armour recommended : (

saturday 20th december – pub and kitchen open as normal

sunday 21st december – pub open as normal, kitchen open 12-5, no sunday roasts

monday 22nd + tuesday 23rd december – pub open as normal, kitchen open 12.00-6.00

wednesday 24th december (christmas eve) closing early: pub open 12.00-7.00 only; kitchen open 12.00-6.00

christmas day + boxing day – pub closed

saturday 27th december – pub and kitchen open as normal

sunday 28th december – pub open as normal, kitchen open 12.00-6.00, no sunday roasts

monday 29th + tuesday 30th december – pub open as normal, kitchen open 12.00-6.00

wednesday 31st december (new year’s eve) closing early: pub open 12.00-7.00 only; kitchen open 12.00-6.00

thursday 1st january (new year’s day) – pub closed

more bar keeps, please!


do you love quality drinks? want to work for the coolest pub on nursery street? look no further :)

we’re currently recruiting for part-time bar keeps. you’ll be enthusiastic about quality drinks and food, interested in expanding your knowledge and helping customers to choose the right drink for them. we’re not pretending that all our customers are that discerning, but we do like to help guide the ones who are looking for something beyond the “cheapest pint”…

experience of working with real ale will be an advantage but not essential as training will be given. ability (and willingness) to work weekends and evenings is essential, as is attention to detail and cleanliness.

in return we will offer you a good rate of pay, and the chance to join a small team in a friendly* environment.

interested? please send us a copy of your cv (either e-mail to harlequinpub[@]gmail.com or drop a copy into the pub as soon as possible.

*friendliness not actually guaranteed

ho ho ho!

well, halloween and bonfire night are safely out of the way now. soooooo…


here’s christmas!

please see below our all new and shiny christmas menu. christmas dinners are available for pre-orders only (minimum of 72 hours notice please) for groups of any size. or on your own, if you prefer (bah, humbug). if you’re feeling adventurous and fancy trying our 6 (6!!!!) course food and drink pairing menu, you’ll need a group of 6 people or more – again, minimum of 72 hours notice required.

ummm…if you have any specific dietary requirements beyond meat eater or vegetarian, please let us know and we can advise you about allergies, or alternative dishes to suit.

please be aware that some days are already booked up during december, so the sooner you can let us know the better; and if you want to eat during december but from the regular menu, again, we recommend booking with us as soon as possible as we may only be able to offer a limited menu on some days.

any more questions, give us a shout :) usual contact details (e-mail: harlequinpub[@]gmail.com; phone 0114 275 8195; or text 0779 415 6916)



dear everyone – yes, we know it is nearly that time of year again, and we know that some of you like to be exceptionally organised in arranging your, erm, festivities. we’re more than happy to take bookings for your office parties and meals in december, but the thing is we can’t bear to actually write out a menu for this very special time of year until it gets to october. so feel free to contact us for booking enquiries, and have a look at last year’s c******** menu so you can see the sort of thing that we do. and once the year is a little more advanced, we’ll confirm details for you :)

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new year, new…job?


what better to get the new year off to a promising start than with a new job? well, lots of things probably, but we don’t have time for that right now. so, suspend your disbelief for a while, and read on…

we’re currently recruiting for part time bar keeps. experience is preferable – and a personal licence will be an advantage – but the most important thing is enthusiasm for serving quality food and drinks in a welcoming atmosphere. we’re about more than just pouring drinks: you should be willing to learn about real ales, ciders and quality spirits, and enjoy helping people choose the right drink. you will also be willing – and able! – to work evenings and weekends as required.

in return we can offer you a role in a small team of dedicated people in a good pub, and good rates of pay.

interested? please provide a cv either via e-mail to harlequinpub[@]gmail.com, or by dropping a copy into the pub. if you have any questions about the role, please let us know.

new year’s eve

please note, we will be closing at 7.00 on new year’s eve.

pub open as normal from thursday 2nd january, kitchen open 12.00-6.00 on thursday 2nd and friday 3rd january. happy new year :)


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