Following months of uncertainty surrounding the future of a popular Sheffield pub, The Closed Shop is set to re-open its doors this weekend after two beer-loving entrepreneurs stepped in to secure the future of their much loved local.
Thomas Gill and Adam Hague, perhaps best known as being the co-owners of Neepsend-based Stancill Brewery, first began drinking in The Closed Shop as students, using it as a way of escaping from the daily grind of their studies. Like many people, they fell in love with the unique atmosphere and when the intrepid duo learned of the uncertain future the pub faced, they decided to mount a rescue bid to keep the pub open.
Following a lengthy negotiation with owners Punch Taverns and meeting with the local community group, Tom and Adam received the keys to The Closed Shop at the end of August. Behind the bar, additional hand pumps have been added, increasing the range of hand pulled beers to ten, which will include a selection of changing guest beers as well as a selection of Stancill beers. Additional craft beer lines have also been installed and a selection of more than 30 gins and whiskies will also be available. The pub’s kitchen is currently being refurbished and is due to re-open in the next few weeks.
A number of regular events are planned to take place, including the return of the fiercely competitive Closed Shop quiz, which will take place every Wednesday with Jam Nights, food and drink evenings and after work drinks specials planned to be added in the future. The pub will be managed by experienced manager Hayley McPhie, who was responsible for overseeing the re-opening of the Norfolk Arms, Grenoside, which has been run by Stancill since November 2016 and the brewery is calling on former staff who worked at The Closed Shop to get in touch.
Thomas Gill, Managing Director, Stancill Brewery said: “The Closed Shop is a special pub for both Adam and I. When we heard that the pub had been forced to close unexpectedly we decided to contact Punch Taverns and see whether we could secure the future of a pub which we’d both spent many happy hours in during our student years.
“We’re hoping to replicate the winning formula which we’ve achieved in our other pubs in Sheffield, combining a changing selection of drinks, building a friendly and relaxing atmosphere where friends can meet and socialise and perhaps most importantly of all, placing the pub at the very heart of the local community.”
The Closed Shop will open from 2pm-12am Monday – Saturday and 2pm-11pm on Sundays.