Bar plans agreed for Sheffield snooker club

Abbeydale Snooker Club which has been forced to close after 30 years as the lease has not been renewed by the landlord
Abbeydale Snooker Club which has been forced to close after 30 years as the lease has not been renewed by the landlord
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A new bar set to open in a former snooker club later this year will boost the independent vibe growing on a Sheffield road.

Plans to change the use of the basement of the iconic Abbeydale Picture House, formerly home to the historic Abbey Snooker Club, into a drinking establishment have been approved.

Picture House Social will include a vintage-feel bar, games room with ping pong and other activities, and an authentic Italian pizzeria.

The former snooker area will be used as a community space for beer festivals, antiques markets and record fairs working with independent traders nearby.

Several new shops, delis and food outlets have opened in the area recently and it is close to Sheffield’s Antiques Quarter.

Work on transforming the massive 11,000 square foot basement has begun and it is expected to open sometime in the autumn.

Joe Cribley, manager, said: “We don’t really want to look outside the city but its nice when you go to the northern quarter in Manchester, when you go there isn’t a chain in sight. Abbeydale Road is a bit like that. “We want to work with all the businesses around there because there seems to be a really good community spirit.”

The bar is a venture for James O’Hara who co-founded The Great Gatsby on Division Street.

Separate plans for the upstairs of the building are still being considered.

Nether Edge Coun Nikki Bond said: “The bar will be a welcome investment to the area and its a really good example of how thriving the area is and its a good place to invest in.”