First look inside Sheffield's Browns bar – back open after a big revamp

Browns, the bar and brasserie overlooking the Peace Gardens in Sheffield, has reopened following a month-long refurbishment.

Friday, 28th February 2020, 10:24 am
Updated Friday, 28th February 2020, 11:49 am
A new bar will serve handcrafted cocktails alongside wines, champagne and gin.

As the 2020s have now begun, the refreshed interior is inspired by the 1920s a century ago.

We were the first to see inside – take a look at these pictures to find out more.

Art deco styling, high ceilings, monochrome flooring and luxury furniture is the order of the day at the venue, which is based in a red-brick building that was once Sheffield’s Army & General Stores.

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The all-day food menu is accompanied by a traditional afternoon tea. Diners can also enjoy fresh market fish delivered daily, and a specials menu featuring lobster, steaks from Browns’ own farms and Sunday roasts.
Semi-private dining areas are available for special occasions and events, and live piano performances are happening on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6pm, and from 1pm on Sundays.
There is also a gluten-free menu accredited by Coeliac UK, and a range of dishes for vegetarians and vegans.
The interior features a railway station-style clock and a gold-coloured bannister up the stairs.
Afternoon tea is served every day from 3pm to 5pm, starting with savouries like prawn cocktail brioche rolls and coronation chicken sandwiches, continuing with scones then finishing with mini cakes and desserts including whisky marmalade bread and butter pudding.
Browns, a national chain, was founded in 1973 when its first restaurant opened in Brighton.
Many of Browns' bars are housed in historic buildings – Bristol's is in the city’s old university refectory and dining room.