The survival of Carbrook Hall as a public house through the industrialisation and post-industrialisation of the lower Don Valley makes it like Sheffield, a survivor.
How do we ensure that survival?
Well, despite the optimistic view quoted from a recent publication in my previous letter, that’s going to take considerable investment.
Sean Fogg and his partners have an indisputable point – Carbrook Hall is a commercial investment and has to make a commercial return in an area far removed from the real ale trails.
With all due respect to the other licensed premises I can think of only two hostelries of the former nature in the area – the Wentworth and the Carlton.
As for quirky bars – well the Players Bar didn’t work while the Noose and Gibbet never seemed to reach the right note.
Some of us dream that the artefacts could find a new home in the Old Queens Head and that Sheffielders can once again view the heritage that is Carbrook Hall.
‘Save Carbrook Hall’ is something we all agree on – ultimately only the owners can do that.
Whatever form of licensed premise it becomes Sheffielders should support it by their custom.