New Sheffield beer garden terrace with spectacular views of the city to be built as part of pub makeover

A well-established Sheffield pub is set to undergo a major makeover that will see a new beer garden terrace built 10 feet off the ground, creating spectacular views of the city.

Tuesday, 9th March 2021, 2:29 pm
Updated Tuesday, 9th March 2021, 2:35 pm

Crookes was built on one of Sheffield’s seven hills, and as such, has some of the best views the city has to offer.

True North Brewery owns the freehold of the Old Grindstone, and they now hope to make the most of the popular pub’s location in Crookes by building a brand new beer garden terrace.

Owner Kane Yeardley said: “We’ve got planning permission to build a terrace between the Grindstone and the hairdressers, which will be about 10 feet off the ground and give incredible views of Sheffield.”

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The Old Grindstone in Crookes is set to have a makeover, that will see a new beer garden terrace built 10 feet above the ground. Kane Yeardley, owner of True North, pictured right

He is also planning to transform the interior of the pub, and will introduce a new, Tex-Mex menu that will include vegan options as well as “quality, authentic” burgers.

The ground floor of the pub will have individual pieces sourced from vintage stores and flea markets with “quirky humorous references and unique art,” while the upstairs of the pub with have a private hire area that will either be called ‘One Hedonist Street’ or ‘The Dutch Embassy’.

"Each room will have iconic references to life in the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. Have a slight feel of a student flat from those eras. Think the Young Ones shared a house with Damien Hirst,” said Kane.

He added: “It’s going to be a nod to student days, but done well. I was a student in Leicester at De Montfort and whenever I came back to Sheffield and went to house parties in Broomhill or Sheffield the students had incredible taste in how they did their houses up with posters, prints and cuttings out of magazine. This is what I’d like to replicate above the pub, so people come in and are like: ‘oh my God I remember having that poster, and prints on my bedroom wall’ or ‘my room looked like that in the ‘80s ‘90s or ‘00s.”

The Old Grindstone in Crookes is set to have a makeover, that will see a new beer garden terrace built 10 feet above the ground

True North owns several pubs across South Yorkshire including The York in Broomhill, Forum in the city centre and The Broadfield on Abbeydale Road; and Kane says the Old Grindstone will have that “True North DNA” that Sheffielders have come to recognise.

Under the new plans, half of the pub will be fitted with screens for sports fixtures, and the other half will be kept separate.

Kane intends to introduce a regular quiz night and bingo night at the Old Grindstone, and also hopes to have live bands play at the weekend too.

The Old Grindstone will still have Tap Takeovers by local breweries, and will need 20 full-time and 10 part-time staff members.

Work on the building will start in May, and True North hope to have it open by July or August.

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