If there’s one phrase that sums up Chapeltown Tap House and Gin Bar it’s “made in Yorkshire”.
Ninety per cent of the tipples on offer at the Sheffield micropub have been brewed or distilled in the county.
Co-owner Darrell Johnson said: “When it comes to locally produced beer and gin we’re spoilt for choice.”
Five hand-pumped craft beers are available at the tap house at any one time. Hungry punters can also enjoy locally made pork scratchings, pork pies and sausage rolls.
But the biggest seller, by a long shot, is gin. Forty-nine varieties are available including lemon sherbet and palma violet.
“It’s not just women who drink gin,” said Darrell. “It’s common to have guys standing around with a goldfish bowl full of gin, tonic and botanicals.”
Darrell, an engineering consultant, was inspired by friend Jason Thompson who opened his own micropub, The Guzzle. Darrell and business partner Richard Colton decided to open in an arch. Darrell said: “It ticked all the boxes – good footfall, quirky character and not too big.”
The refurb took six weeks, with Darrell’s father-in-law, George Hudson, providing a helping hand. The bar was built out of railway sleepers, and memorabilia from the original Chapeltown Central station adorns the interior. The micro-pub opened in September and was an instant hit.
The venue holds just 45 people, so often staff have to turn people away at peak times.
“We’re delighted with how it’s all worked out,” Darrell said. “Our goals were to keep it simple, keep it small and – wherever possible – keep it local. And it’s gone down a storm.”