Forum Café Bars branch out

Andy Burns (left) and Kane Yeardley
Andy Burns (left) and Kane Yeardley
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Fast growing Sheffield-based Forum Café Bars is celebrating the launch of another new outlet – the British Oak at Mosborough.

The latest acquisition brings the group total to seven, including three Devonshire Street venues, the York in Broomhill, the Broadfield at Abbeydale and the Crown & Anchor at Barugh Green near Barnsley.

Founder Kane Yeardley says: “We like to get things right before telling everybody to come and try us. We opened last Wednesday and I’m pleased to say it’s flying.”

He describes the look as “classic Old England country pub meets Toad Hall – with Victorian taxidermy, beautiful decommissioned shotguns and a little bit of raunchy DH Lawrence.”

The ale house is free of tie and six hand-pulled real ales are going down a treat with locals, under the care of Paul Holden, formerly of the Sheaf View at Heeley.

The menu has been drawn up by executive chef Andy Burns, who oversees the food at all Forum café bars. In charge of the kitchen is head chef Lee Stocks, who moves over from the York.

Food includes a daily selection of pies, sausages and British classics such as ham hock, salmon fillet and lamb rump (main courses from £7.50).

“It’s comfortable but elegant, with parking for 80 cars and a reclaimed wood smoking shelter for 30,” says Kane.

“We have a lovely bunch of people already – and a wild cock pheasant which comes to the back door every morning. I’ve named him Albert!”

Open daily, 11.30am-11.30pm; until 1am Thurs - Sat.