Congratulations to Mark Simmonite and all at Perch Brewhouse (44 Garden Street, S1 4BJ) on becoming Sheffield & District CAMRA Pub of the Month for July 2023. The bar opened less than two years ago and has already made a mark on the Sheffield pub scene.
Back in 2015, Dead Parrot Brewery obtained the site, opening their brewery, three years later, in Autumn 2018. At that point, they had the medium-term intention of converting the frontage of the complex, the old works offices, into a taproom.
Previous long-term users were a small engineering manufacturing company who produced pen-knives and similar devices. The site was subsequently used by Sheffield City Council Parking Services, acting as the base for Parking Meter Operators; electronic equipment was left to charge overnight.
Almost two years after the opening of the brewery, in June 2020, a planning application was submitted. Formal planning permission was subsequently granted, a comment from ourselves was mentioned in the official report:
‘We are writing in support of this planning application. The addition of a small brewery tap, with community facilities, will provide additional needed infrastructure. As well as fulfilling a local need for increased retail and leisure facilities, the addition of a brewery tap will allow the brewery to further cement its position as part of the Sheffield beer tourism scene.’
Conversion work continued during the various lockdowns. Plasterboard, partition walls and polystyrene ceiling tiles were removed, and a considerable amount of woodwork was reused. With careful use of contemporary materials, the old office space was stylishly converted into the new Perch Brewhouse, opening on 27th August 2021. It has since been nominated for a CAMRA/Heritage England Pub Design Award 2023.
In addition, the central yard now has a large timber-framed covered outside drinking/event area. Their first beer festival occurred during the recent national CAMRA Members’ Weekend. In addition to the ten Dead Parrot beers on the bar, an additional 35 cask beers were available in the outside area. The normal offering is ten cask, ten keg and over sixty bottles/cans. Food is also available, including a wide selection of pizzas. Perch is a welcome addition to beer opportunities in the city: please join us for their well-deserved presentation on Tuesday 13th June.