The Sheffield Tap is our 2022 Sheffield City Centre Pub of the Year. Winners in 2020, the Tap has won this award on successive occasions (there were no awards in 2021).
The story of the Tap is well known (see March 2022 Beer Matters). Suffice to say that this multiple award-winning pub, re-opened in 2009, has become both an integral part of the nationwide beer-tourism network while providing an ever-changing range of beers, including those brewed on-site.
The space is adorned with Minton tiled walls and fine ornamented bar fittings. In the 1960s, the space lost its original use and by the 1970s was a waiting room. Thirty four years after closure, a £180,000 comprehensive overhaul saw the tiling, terrazzo floor and woodwork, including parts of the bar fittings, beautifully restored.
The later key development was when the Tap expanded into the former First Class Dining Room. The tiled and mirrored interior was restored and in January 2013, Tapped Brew Co., began brewing on-site. Two years ago, Ben Tysoe, took on the Head Brewer role.
Congratulations to the Tap for this award: long may they continue to provide a warm welcome to Sheffield while simultaneously causing many customers to decide to wait for ‘their next train.’