New Sheffield micropub inspired by its sister site

A new micropub is set to open its doors on Brooklands Avenue in Fulwood in time for Christmas.

Wednesday, 9th October 2019, 9:41 am
Updated Wednesday, 6th November 2019, 4:49 pm
Feature on tap rooms in Sheffield. The Ale Club on Ecclesall Road. Pictured is James Eardley. Picture: Chris Etchells

The Fulwood Ale Club is being launched by James Eardley, owner of the already popular Ecclesall Ale Club, on Ecclesall Road.

Work has already begun on the site of the new pub, which was formerly DH Bowyer and Sons butchers shop, and it’s hoped the doors will open the first week in December.

The new pub has been inspired by its sister-pub, and will serve a selection of quality ales and beers from a range of brewers. The Fulwood pub will also be smaller in size than its Ecclesall counterpart, and will require only one member of staff at all times.

Opened by father and son team James and Robert Eardley in 2017, the Ecclesall Ale Club became Sheffield’s only brewery-led micro pub.

It has gained huge popularity selling Brew Foundation beers as well as more than 100 other brands of beer in cask, keg and bottle form.

James, who described the pub as ‘a cosy drinking den and bottle shop,’ recently said: “The Fulwood Ale Club will be our second tap house and really should be called a micro-micro pub as it’s going to be really quite small.

“It'll be a similar vibe to our existing The Ecclesall Ale Club, so nice and cosy with interesting curios and knick-knacks to look at, but with a few style nods to it's previous usage as a butchers. Imagine a private members club kind of feel, and you won’t be far off.

“Alongside four cask beers and four keg beers of our own, from the Brew Foundation, we'll have about 50 bottles and cans to choose from. It is our intention to sell beer, wine and spirits sourced from independent producers around the world.

“Taking into account the delay we’ve had with the lease I now anticipate the opening date being in the first week in December and will post details of the opening party on our social media when I have them.

“The opening party will raise funds for Weston Park Cancer Charity, which is a charity close to my heart that I support whenever I can.”

Ecclesall Ale Club will also support Weston Park Cancer Charity this month, at its second birthday party on November 15. Last year James held a similar charity event at the pub, which raised nearly £4,000.

James added: “The support from the people of Fulwood has been overwhelming. Residents have been expressing their excitement on social media and we can’t wait to be part of the community.

“I look forward to raising a glass with you all soon.”

The Fulwood Ale Club will be open seven days a week.