Felicini owners open new £1.5m gastropub

Ged Lynch and Neil Lawrence at the Pointing Dog
Ged Lynch and Neil Lawrence at the Pointing Dog

Sheffield-based company The Nose is bucking the trend of pub closures by opening a £1.5m gastropub, an investment creating 50 jobs at a 1.4 acre site near Stockport.

The Pointing Dog has undergone a complete refurbishment, with direction from Sheffield’s Self Architects.

Architect Delia Harmston said: “The existing building did not engage with the street and was bland and unattractive, so the building was largely demolished with only the 2-storey part retained. This was completely transformed to tie in with the overall aesthetic of newly built extensions, and the front building line was brought forward to create an inviting entrance and a well articulated, striking frontage to the street.”

The architects also advised The Nose on energy efficient features, such as underfloor heating powered by air source heat pumps and the harvesting of rainwater to flush the toilets.

Business partners Ged Lynch and Neil Lawrence have wanted to open a gastro pub for several years, following eight years with their Felicini chain of restaurants, whose locations include Ecclesall Road in Sheffield and Bakewell.

Mr Lynch said: “We wanted Pointing Dog to be a place for the whole family, where people can come to enjoy special occasions, or relax with a drink after a long days work. It was important for us to create somewhere that would suit all occasions, and I’m confident that we’ve achieved that balance.

“We were keen to support local trade in the construction of Pointing Dog, by employing people from local areas and using locally sourced products where possible. We’re thrilled with the outcome and we hope our customers will have a pleasant experience when they visit.”