Last month we brought the news that the Three Tuns had closed yet again. This time round we have much better news: the pub is open for business once more.
The new licensees are Janine Dalley and Red McKay, a Sheffield couple who also run the Three Merry Lads at Lodge Moor. Janine explained the decision to take on a second pub: “We love the heritage of the Three Tuns; it’s truly an iconic, beautiful building and we feel really proud to be able to bring it back to life! We’ve tried to stay true to the legacy of the Three Tuns with a cask ale offering and craft beer, but also an extensive gin, wine and cocktail offer to appeal to a wider customer base. Our cask will change regularly, we’ve started with Fuller’s Red Fox, Abbeydale Moonshine and Robinson’s Light Brigade and a couple of old favourites which are getting a thumbs up from customers already!”
The Three Merry Lads was recently commended by Cask Marque and the new couple are aiming to bring those high standards to the Three Tuns: “In terms of the passion for beer quality and good cellar management, the Three Tuns offers us the opportunity to further extend our real ales and cask ales which is very exciting for our senior bar staff, Oliver, who is looking after the cellar at the Three Tuns, and Billy, the bar manager who have both come from the Three Merry Lads.”
As Janine explains, it’s not only the beer they will be focusing on as there will also be entertainment provided: “We will be getting the Wednesday quiz and games night re-established and would love to set up an open mic night and get live music in there.”
Drinkers who enjoyed the food offerings that previous incarnations of the Three Tuns have provided will also be happy. Janine and Red will be bringing back the chip butty that everyone loves, alongside a selection of paninis, homemade vegan soup and doorstep sandwiches, all available to eat in or takeaway. The menu will be developed with the help of Amy, the head chef at the Three Merry Lads – look out for her homemade Steak and Ale Pie with mushy peas and a splash of Hendo’s relish!
The couple are also hoping to expand outside of lunchtimes: “We will eventually have a dinner menu for after work socials and would love to experiment with a traditional roast dinner on Sundays, see how that goes. We’ll have a premium coffee and tea offer with free wi-fi and working spaces with our all day opening 12-11pm, later at weekends. Longer term we’d like to open for brunch as we build up the coffee and cake side of the business.”