First look inside popular Sheffield pub reopened after a £500, 000 revamp
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The Beagle on Knutton Crescent in Parson Cross was due to reopen at the beginning of April following the refurbishment by Heineken-owned Star Pubs and Bars. Instead, due to the lockdown, new licensees and Sheffield residents Michelle Spencer and Joanne Platts have had to wait a further three months before revealing the changes to eager local residents.
The investment has transformed The Beagle inside and out and restored it as a great quality community local. The revamp has given the pub a stylish contemporary look and added a kitchen so that Michelle and Joanne can bring in traditional pub food ranging from fish and chips to burgers.
There is also a wide choice of drinks including good coffee, premium wines, spirits and beers. Once restrictions are eased, a sports area with a darts board, a high-spec AV system and Sky Sports will come into use.
With social distancing required, the duo are delighted that the project included a makeover of The Beagle’s outside space. The pub now boasts a sunny alfresco area at the rear complete with seating for around 30 people, pretty planting and festoon lighting for the evenings as well as more tables at the front.
Michelle and Joanne have instigated a host of measures to meet new health and safety guidelines to ensure customers’ safety. Tables have been spaced out and customers are encouraged to book in advance.
There is also a one-way system and hand-sanitiser stations plus an App for ordering and paying, though the pub will still accept cash and take orders in the normal way as safely as it can in.
Michelle Spencer, said: “The Beagle looks absolutely amazing and really classy. There’s nothing like it in the area; it’s overwhelming to be the licensees. We love making people happy and we hope having a new-look local will bring residents some much-needed cheer in these strange times. We can’t wait to open the doors and welcome people in.
“The neighbours have been really supportive. They’ve kept an eye on the pub during the lockdown and given us lots of good wishes and encouragement. It has meant the world to us and we can’t thank them enough.”
Grant Morgan-Tolworthy, operations director of Star Pubs and Bars’ for South Yorkshire, said : “We’re passionate about creating great pubs and have revamped The Beagle from top to bottom – hopefully the community will think it’s worth the wait.
It’s fantastic to have Michelle and Joanne at the helm; they’re committed to giving Parson Cross a first-class friendly local that caters for everyone. We wish them every success for the future.”
The Beagle reopened it’s doors on Saturday 18th July 2020 after it closed in April 2019.