Sheffield pub to reopen today after sudden closure

Manager Ed Phillips outside The Punchbowl in Crookes
Manager Ed Phillips outside The Punchbowl in Crookes
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A Sheffield pub will reopen today, three weeks since closing suddenly after its parent company folded.

The Punchbowl in Crookes was one of three pubs, alongside The Closed Shop in Crookesmoor and the Three Tuns in the city centre, to shut its doors at the start of the month.

All three were run by Reet Ale Pubs, which stopped trading.

Ed Phillips had been managing The Punchbowl since Reet Ale took it over. He jumped into action, setting up a company and organising a new tenancy with Greene King brewery.

And after a couple of weeks of hard work, the pub will open again at 4pm today.

"We didn't have any notice, we were just told not to open," the 30-year-old said.

The Punchbowl will reopen today.

The Punchbowl will reopen today.

"But we have used Crookes gossip to let as many people know that we are back.

"There has been a lot on Facebook and Twitter. Everyone I have spoken to is excited."

Ed knew the lease on the pub was up soon, and was planning to take it on himself. But he did not expect that to happen quite so soon.

"The Punchbowl has been running profitably and doing well, so it seemed a waste to through away everything we had put into it," he said.

The Three Tuns remains closed

The Three Tuns remains closed

The pub will run quietly for the first couple of days, but Ed hopes to hold a reopening celebration this Friday. He plans to keep the pizza menu and no sport policy to continue on the work he has already done.

The Closed Shop and the Three Tuns remain shut, but progress is being made.

Chris Rogers, who used to manage The Closed Shop, is among a group of locals trying to set up a community bid to buy it.

But in the short term, the group is working with a 'prominent' Sheffield brewery that has expressed an interest in taking on the lease.

The pub is well-loved among real ale drinkers

The pub is well-loved among real ale drinkers

According to a newsletter sent out on Saturday, negotiations are in an 'early stage' - but will 'probably become more intense as the lease is handed back to Punch Taverns'.

A note on the door of the Three Tuns says management hope to have the pub open again soon.

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