Making tracks for Sheffield Tap extension

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BUSINESS is booming at one of Sheffield’s newest pubs – and staff are now preparing to open an extension.

The Sheffield Tap, on platform 1B at Midland Station, was launched three years ago in the ornate former Edwardian Refreshment Room.

A £270,000 extension into the former First Class Dining Room is now nearing completion, mostly funded on the back of the success of the bar.

A Railway Heritage Grant has covered £60,000 of the cost.

Jamie Hawksworth, Sheffield Tap co-partner, said: “It’s a beautiful building and it is looking amazing.

“The ceiling has been restored, the tiles steam-cleaned and the floor polished and we have three cut glass chandeliers. It’s a lot grander than the rest of the bar and the cost reflects that.”

Since it opened in December 2009, the pub has received an award for best pub conversion in the country and it has become a magnet for real ale enthusiasts.

As well as providing an extension to the bar, a small brewery is also being created in the old First Class Dining Room.

Beer will be produced for four days a week, which will be sold at The Tap and Jamie and business partner Jon Holdsworth’s other Tap pubs at York and Lodon Euston stations.

Guest brewers will be invited to use the facilities and already specialists are being lined up from America, Germany and the Czech Republic.

‘Meet the Brewer’ events will be held at the Sheffield Tap, where real ale enthusiasts can learn about the production processes involved in making beer.

The extension is set to open in the middle of this month, in time for Christmas.