Pub sales and developments

Bulls Head, Foolow

The Bulls Head received ACV (Asset of Community Value) status in August 2015. Three years later, the owner wishes to ‘enter into a relevant disposal.’ In other words, they intend to sell the site. As the pub has ACV status, there was an initial six week moratorium during which community interest groups could wish to signal their wish to be treated as a potential bidder. This period ended on the 31st.October. As there has been no community interest, the owner is now free to sell the pub to any potential bidder. A change of use will require planning permission.

Queen’s Hotel, Scotland Street

Sheffield City Council have received a request for an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the site of the Queen’s Hotel from a local company, DLP Planning. Their aim is to demolish the pub and replace it by an eleven storey building with ground floor retail/commercial uses and 230 apartments. This is the first stage in the planning process. The EIS should ascertain if the proposed development is likely to have significant effects on the environment. Full detail is available from SCC: This building dates from 1791 when it opened as Queens Inn. It was rebuilt in 1928 and closed in April 1997. The slowly decaying remains boast some distinctive Wards sign work, similar to that at Shakespeare’s.

Former Old Bulls Head, Little Hucklow

Renovation work has started on the Old Bull’s Head in Little Hucklow, the building having been unused for well over a decade. This will involve alterations to the pub building, including the addition of a glazed ‘seed room’ extension, the addition of an external stone stair, an extension to the south-west corner, removal of the porch, alterations to openings, and internal layout changes. In addition, the car park will be altered to accommodate a new building which includes six letting rooms.

The pub was a regular Good Beer Guide entry in the 1970’s and 80’s when it sold a fine pint of Buxton-brewed Winkle Saxon Cross Bitter (3.8%). It later sold Wards Bitter. The Old Bulls Head has historical interest dating back to the 12th.Century with claims to be the 5th.oldest pub in England.

Little Hucklow was once the scene of much mining activity, with considerable remains of old shafts, gravel hillocks and rakes still surrounding the village. The Bull’s Head pub contained a collection of mining relics. In addition, the handpumps had Shakespearean characters carved in wood. We look forward to them returning to use!

More detail is available in the planning report

Dave Pickersgill


About Andy Cullen

Andy has been actively involved in CAMRA since the early 2000s after being recruited to sit on a National Younger Members Task Group. Since then he has held roles on the branch committee including Secretary, Membership Secretary, Magazine Editor, Chair and now Social Secretary. Andy has also been involved with the Steel City Beer & Cider Festival almost every year since becoming active in the branch.

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