Plan for new micropub and tavern’s comeback in Sheffield

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A landmark Sheffield pub which was forced to shut following floods is set to make a comeback - and plans have been lodged for another ‘micropub’ in the city.

A developer wants to relaunch the semi-derelict Middlewood Tavern at Oughtibridge as a family pub, tapping into the potential offered by its location close to the countryside.

Meanwhile a change of use application has been submitted to the city council to turn the former Knowle’s Emporium shop, on Glossop Road in Broomhill, into what would be Sheffield’s third micropub.

Pints began to be pulled just last week at The Portland House, a new venture on Ecclesall Road by the Welbeck Abbey Brewery, and The Beer House opened close to Hunters Bar last year. There is also the Walkley Beer Company - ‘an off-licence with seating’ - on South Road, Walkley.

Applicant Nico Cebani is behind the Middlewood Tavern scheme. Following the devastating floods of 2007, the road towards Oughtibridge collapsed, cutting the pub off from passing trade. It never recovered and closed shortly afterwards.

Mr Cebani began work on the site last year, but was forced to stop until planning permission had been secured. Proposals are now being considered by the council.

Jeff Sowerby, Mr Cebani’s architectural consultant, says in the plans: “The restored pub will be aimed firmly at families, with a good-sized restaurant where previously there was only a drinking area, and also a dedicated beer garden and play area where parents can supervise children.

“There is a footbridge that crosses the river immediately over the road from the site, linking the pub to the riverside walk. It would be a wonderful gift to the area, we believe, for users of the riverside walk to be able to refresh themselves at a midway point between Sheffield and Oughtibridge, and this proposal would achieve that.”

The Broomhill micropub is the idea of applicant Edward Finley. He said the Glossop Road unit, which has been empty for several months, was ‘well-positioned’ for people seeking an alternative to the larger pubs in Broomhill.

Opening hours would be noon to 11.30pm daily and there will be a focus on real ale.