They’re Brothers behind the bar now...
Sheffield’s raucous ukulele band the Everly Pregnant Brothers have only gone and bought their own pub!
After months of negotiations with Punch Taverns, and four weeks of refurbishment, The Shakespeare on Well Lane, Heeley, re-opened this weekend as The Brothers Arms.
Beer lovers to a man, the Brothers – Pete McKee, Shaun Doan, Richard ‘Bails’ Bailey, Klive Humberstone, Charley McKee and Ginger Dave – are delighted the project is completed on time.
“We’ve saved all our money from Everly Pregnant Brothers gigs over the last two years so we could have our own pub!” said 48-year-old Brother and Sheffield artist Pete McKee.
“We decided we wanted to have a pub when we were looking for somewhere for a pint after we rehearsed.
“It was in a bit of a state and needed a lot doing, and there were times we wondered what we had taken on, but it’s done and looks great now.
“We are hoping to be part of the excellent beer run that includes The Sheaf View, The White Lion and The Broadfield. And we’re hoping to have Sunday sing-songs round the piano too. We want to make it a classic pub which also serves Yorkshire tapas – crisps, pork pies and sandwiches.”
Tiles and wooden floors, a snug, a tap room and a dart board all give the pub a retro feel – even the jukebox is wood-panelled with a brass plaque.
Outside the beer garden offers sweeping views over Sheffield, and the Brothers are hoping to hold pizza and hog-roast days in the near future.
“We have a genius of a bar manager to run the place for us in Nick Hayne,” said Pete.
“He had The Sheaf View on Gleadless Road in Heeley and relaunched The Cremorne on London Road too.
“What he doesn’t know about brewing isn’t worth knowing.
“We are going to make it a shrine to Sheffield real ale, though we will have beers from other areas, and we will have basic beer and lager on - not everyone is into real ale.”
The hand of McKee can be seen in the design of the logo and stained glass, but this will be one of the few Sheffield pubs not to have his work hanging on the walls.
“But it would be rude of The Brothers to not do the odd acoustic set,” he promised.