THE bar at Sheffield railway station can add Pub of the Month to its growing list of accolades.
Local members of the Campaign for Real Ale are praising the Sheffield Tap not only for its appeal to “serious beer lovers” but for the sensitive way in which the building has been restored after falling into dereliction. Already the former waiting rooms on platform 1B have been voted Cask Ale Pub of the Year by the Publican newspaper and have a National Heritage Award for best restoration of 2010.
Opened in December 2009 by Sheffield businessmen Jamie Hawksworth and Jon Holdsworth, the premises have since been extended to provide extra seating and an additional heritage grant means the adjoining former first class dining room can be restored to include a small brewery.
Camra says an “atmospheric Edwardian railway bar has been brought back to life” and members will present a certificate to manager Pete Dakin and his team on Tuesday.
A Real Ale Guide to Sheffield and District, including Dronfield, Killamarsh and the north east of the Peak District, is due to go on sale next month following a survey by Camra.