Fiona Poole has certainly had her work cut out for her - transforming Sheffield’s second oldest pub from gay bar Affinity back to its traditional Yorkshire roots.
The Mulberry Tavern, on Arundel Gate, reopened its doors at the weekend following a lightning fast turnaround, just two weeks after new landlady Fiona got the keys.
“It was glitterballs, PVC walls, black tiles and dance cages when we came in that first day - definitely not the look we were going for,” laughed Fiona, aged 40.
“I was eager to return this wonderful place to its roots and, thanks to lots of help from family and friends, we pulled it off just in time.”
Fiona and her two teenage sons, Jake and Dominic, moved back to Sheffield only recently after spending the past decade living abroad in Spain and Gran Canaria.
“I’ve been running a marketing firm in Spain, where I’ve helped other people realise their dreams - now it’s my turn,” said Fiona.
“We moved home six months ago and I’ve been on the lookout for a pub to take on. The Mulberry Tavern seemed like a great location and a great challenge, bringing that community pub feeling to the city centre.”
And Fiona, who lives in the flat above the pub, particularly loves that her new premises have a long and interesting history in the city.
She said: “The first landlord records on this site are from 1847, that was the original Mulberry.
“They demolished that building in the 1920s and built this one in its place.
“It’s had a lot of different owners and different looks since then, but I’ve had so much positive feedback from locals who are thrilled to see us going back to our roots - with a traditional bar, pool tables and local ales.”