The former Delaney’s music bar in London Road is getting a new lease of life from next week – when it reopens under its original name, the Beer Engine.
Behind the project is experienced publican and brewer Tom Harrington, who plans to refurbish the cellar and bar, extend the beer garden and ultimately to open a five-barrel brewery in the unit next door.
Tom has run real ale pubs including the Sheaf View, the Blake Hotel and the Hillsborough Hotel under the Edale Brewery Collective. He was also maitre d’ for well known local chef John Parsons.
More recently he joined Thornbridge Brewery, working his way up from running the Greystones to becoming operations manager for Thornbridge Taps – including responsibility for staff training, cellar standards and running outdoor events such as Tramlines’ Folk Forest.
“I started to feel that I could take all I’d learnt over the past ten years and condense it into one outlet, where I could showcase my skills and create something of quality,” he says.
The aim of the Beer Engine is to serve well-kept craft beer, Continental lagers, decent wine and a good range of spirits, with tapas-style food to complement the drink.
Friendly staff and a ‘clean and cosy’ environment are part of the deal, as is a vibrant beer garden.
“I’m hoping to create a little oasis of excellence where people can experience a slightly different take on the common Sheffield boozer,” says Tom.
”It’s not just about getting the best beers in, but also about how they’re kept and served.
“It’s about creating the right environment: no TVs, no gambling machines, no pool tables; just drink and conversation with a bit of background music and the maybe odd acoustic night.”
The Beer Engine is due to open its doors in time for Easter.