Sheffield CAMRA believe that the current owner of Carbrook Hall is in talks with a ‘multinational coffee chain’ about turning the building into a drive-through café.
Carbrook Hall is one of only two pubs in Sheffield which have Grade II* listing. These are particularly important buildings of more than special interest. Listed building consent must be applied for in order to make any changes to that building which might affect its special interest. In addition, planning permission is required for a changing the use of a public house into, for example, a supermarket or café.
The ‘old oak room’ is a fine example of a 17th century panelled room with vine trail plaster frieze and enriched cross beam ceiling; if it was situated in a tourist hotspot, paying customers would visit on a daily basis. We find it difficult to see how the suggested conversion of the building could do anything but harm this historic part of our culture.
Carbrook Hall is also one of only eleven Sheffield pubs which have ACV (Asset of Community Value) status. Hence, we continue to look forward to the owner putting forward a comprehensive repair and restoration plan that meets the approval of Historic England, Sheffield planners and crucially, the communities that use it.