Its immaculate restoration is testament to the vision of Jamie Hawksworth and Jon Holdsworth, who embarked on a lengthy and often frustrating process of overcoming red tape to breathe new life into the Grade II-listed building, which included restoring the ornate ceiling, original tiles and mahogany bar.
The on-site microbrewery provides a gleaming point of difference with the smell on brew days adding to the pub’s charm. Known as the ‘Sheffield Trap’ because of the number of travellers that miss their trains while enjoying its hospitality, the pub describes itself as a ‘world beer freehouse’ where customers can sample a top-notch range from independent UK brewers and exclusive imports from around the globe. Some 11 cask and 12 keg lines are available, along with more than 200 bottles – displayed in a glass-fronted cabinet.
The pub attracts passengers and locals throughout the day and regular beer-focused events draw customers in from further afield. A new Sunday ‘sharing club’ on large bottles gives customers a chance to discuss products they normally wouldn’t try. Staff training is paramount, with regular tastings and brew days held.
Full-time employees go through more advanced training to increase their knowledge and better advise customers on choices. Future plans include extending the capacity of the brewery and the potential addition of letting rooms. The Sheffield venue has spawned other ‘taps’ at railway stations around the country including Harrogate, York, Euston and Waterloo.