The Sportsman Inn and The Hammer and Anvil pub, Station Road

The first recording of the The Sportsman Inn was recorded in the census records in 1861, alongside the The Hammer and Anvil pub which was directly across the road. in 1822 these pubs had been called The Gate and The Shoulder of Mutton.

Both had been popular pubs in the area before they closed. Jim Garton, originally from Tyneside, has been living in Ryhill for 17 years and has fond memories of the Sportsman –
“It was always so lively in there, the people always friendly and welcoming. The food was great too and I remember spending many fun Sundays watching the karaoke they put on!”

Both pubs were also popular places to visit on the pub crawl in the area and people from neighbouring villages would come regularly.

Jim loves the surrounding landscape of Ryhill and one of his favourite walks is starting from Ryhill down the back of station road, through Old Royston and the Railway Embankment, on to Newmillerdam.

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