Temperance bar owners keep a clear head as business booms

Kara Chapman at the The Whistle Stop Temperance Bar and sweet shop on High Street, Rotherham
Kara Chapman at the The Whistle Stop Temperance Bar and sweet shop on High Street, Rotherham
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AND from Forties memoirs to a Twenties-style bar – with a temperance drinkerie set to be potentially opened in Sheffield.

Tony and Kara Chapman opened a dry venue serving booze-free brews such as sarsaparilla, blood tonic and rhubarb and rosehip juice in High Street, Rotherham, in February.

“You don’t get 19th century moral crusading but you do get temperance-style drinks,” Kara told The Diary at the time.

And, since then, the bar – called The Whistle Stop Sweet Shop And Temperance Bar – has proven so popular, the couple say they are now looking into opening a second premises, in Sheffield.

“It’s a tentative idea at this stage,” says Kara, of Swingate. “But the idea has been more popular than we ever could have imagined. We always said we would eventually like to open a second place and Sheffield is the next logical step. We need to do our market research but we’d like that to happen.”

And somewhere like the trendy Devomshire Quarter may be the perfect place, it seems.

“Sheffield has a larger post-work drinks kind of culture than Rotherham,” says Kara, 38. “A temperance bar would be a great alternative for somewhere to go for a drink that wasn’t alcoholic. In a perfect world, I think we’d have a second venue open by the end of the year.”