If you are not familiar with the micropub concept, it is basically a small pub based in a converted shop unit where the operating costs are low, there is no entertainment, food is limited to bar snacks such as cheese, pork pies, crisps and nuts and the drinks range is a limited specialist selection including cask ales. They offer a relaxed and friendly environment that is all about good beer and conversation.
There are two notable established micropubs in Chesterfield – the Chesterfield Alehouse on West Bars and the Beer Parlour at Whittington Moor – both of which have been recent recipients of Chesterfield CAMRA Pub of the Season awards.
Here in Sheffield, the closest we have is a pop-up Micropub in the form of the Walkley Beer Company which opens on selected weekends in a former florists shop with temporary tables and seats, 3 cask ales served on gravity and an interesting selection of bottled beers. There are plans for this place to become a more permanent fixture.
However there is another on the horizon in the shape of the Beer House. Planning permission has now been granted to convert a former e-cigarette shop at 623 Ecclesall Road, by Hunters Bar roundabout, that has been standing empty into a micropub and it is hoped to be trading by Christmas. The pub layout will see a bar area down the left hand side as you walk in, toilets at the back and a seating area in the middle. The bar will offer a range of cask beers and imported lagers. Behind this project is Chris Sinclair who owns the Dronfield Arms along with business partner John Harrison. You can follow progress on Twitter by following @BeerHouse623