The team at Champs in Sheffield is celebrating after being shortlisted as a national finalist in the Great British Pub Awards.
Licensee Danny Grayson has been recognised as one of only five finalists in the Best Newcomer and Best Sports Bar categories and will go on to compete in the national awards which take place in London in September.
Champs on Loxley New Road opened in February 2014 following a joint £500,000 investment with Punch Taverns, which transformed the former run-down Victorian pub into a cool and contemporary sports bar on three levels. With 31 large TV screens showing high profile sports all day every day, from Premiership football matches to horse racing and superbikes, Champs is a sports lover’s dream.
The modern and welcoming interior, complete with a wide range of sporting memorabilia including a full-size motorbike (which proves very popular with younger customers) gives it a real edge over other venues.
Licensee Danny Grayson said: “I could see the potential to create a high quality bar that would tap into our fascination with sports. Thanks to a creative approach and a focus on standards, we’ve created a winning concept. But, Champs is much more than that; it’s at the heart of our local community, sponsoring local football teams and raising lots of money for local causes every year. It’s a space where families can come together and enjoy the match or just relax.”
The sports interior is complemented with a strong food and drink offer, based on good quality and value for money. With a striking American grill theme, the menu includes favourites from American Ribs to Build A Burger and the Kamikaze Wing Challenge. All of the bar’s the food is from local suppliers and cooked fresh on the premises.
Commenting on the recognition, Danny Grayson said: “The team have worked extremely hard to create this successful venue. It’s not just about the sports; it’s about the staff, all of whom are highly motivated and passionate about customer care and it’s about the community – a winning combination in anyone’s book! Let’s hope we bring home the trophy.”