National recognition has been given to a Sheffield bottle shop and tasting room crowned the country’s best independent beer retailer.
Hop Hideout, on Abbeydale Road, triumphed in the Drinks Retailing Awards in London - where the other winners included Selfridges, The Whisky Exchange and major supermarkets. Owner Jules Gray said: “What a surprise and we feel really blessed to receive this industry recognition.
“We’re so proud to bring this award back to the beery city we love and our hometown of Sheffield.”
Awards chairman Martin Green said: “Congratulations to all the winners, who displayed fantastic levels of flair, dynamism and diligence to thrive in a challenging market.
“UK alcohol consumption levels continue to plummet and are at their lowest levels since the 1980s, but the drinks retailing trade continues to flourish.”
Get stuck in to make treats
Budding chocolatiers can make their own sweet treats with a new workshop taking place in Sheffield.
Guests at the evening of chocolate and cocktails with PJ Taste will include tempering of chocolate, using moulds to make delicious pralines as well as mixing some locally inspired cocktails.
It takes place on Thursday March 1, from 6.30pm priced £18 per person. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
Star at university dinner
Martha Collins, the youngest ever contestant on Great British Bake Off, is appearing at Sheffield University’s INOX restaurant tonight (Thursday February 22) for an evening of food and discussion.