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Jules and Will with Paul Blomfield

Jules and Will with Paul Blomfield

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Speciality beer shop Hop Hideout was the toast of the brewing industry this week after being named northern Retailer of the Year in the inaugural Celebrate British Beer Awards.

Owners Jules Gray and Will Linford won the award following a vote by 500 industry experts. They received their certificate from MP Paul Blomfield in a ceremony at the House of Commons.

The shop, at Vintedge in Abbeydale Road, was set up a year ago, showcasing specialist beers and cider. It also stages regular events and pop-ups, from meet the brewer to tutored tastings.

ONE FOR THE ROAD

Drivers can now drink for free at the Cross Scythes in Totley – thanks to a new initiative aimed at reducing the temptation to drink and drive.

Designated drivers in any group dining at the hotel will receive complimentary soft drinks with their meal.

“By offering people free soft drinks we’re removing that temptation to risk a glass or wine or a pint when driving,” says director Stuart Hitchman.

WHAT’S THE BUZZ?

Would-be beekeepers can learn the skills they need at a new beginners’ course run by Sheffield Beekeepers’ Association at the Woodland Discovery Centre in Ecclesall Woods. Details: www.sheffieldbeekeepers.org.uk

TASTY NEW LOOKS

Ashoka Indian restaurant in Ecclesall Road closed last weekend for the first time in nearly 40 years. But it will reopen on Valentine’s Day following a refit – its first since 1976.

Meanwhile Café Nova at Meadowhall has been rebranded as Caffe Massarella following major refurbishment. A new photo wall features the local Massarella family history since the business started as an ice cream seller in 1864.