Sheffield’s iconic Ship Inn celebrates new lease

The iconic Ship Inn on Shalesmore in Sheffield, which dates back to 1833, celebrates a new lease on life later this month.

Pub company Hawthorn Leisure recognised the importance of reviving the Ship Inn with a six figure cash injection, bringing the pub back to its former glory with a fresh, modern twist.

Hawthorn Leisure has worked with local design duo, Phil Doughty and Kirsty Waldren from Concept, to retain as many original features of the pub as possible, including the unique brown tiles on the outside as well as restoring the original tiling on the inside, which builders found hidden beneath the old walls.

The Ship Inn is now a light, bright space crammed with the history of a traditional pub and the comforts of a modern venue. Guests can recline in mismatched retro 60’s armchairs whilst admiring artwork displaying the history of Sheffield, and pondering what beverage to sample from the extensive list of craft beers, cask ales, wines and spirits. 

Presenting 11 continental lagers and craft beers on tap such as Schiehallion Premium, Brewdog IPA, Noble, DNA and Brooklyn Lager and over 30 varieties of bottled craft beer, the Ship Inn is set to become the number one choice for enjoying a quality pint with friends and family.

Cask ale enthusiasts will also be delighted with four hand-pulls on rotation, sourced from local breweries such as Kellam Island, Sheffield and Abbeydale Breweries, with international guest ales making an appearance in regular intervals.

Premium wines and spirits accompany the craft choices so customers can expand their knowledge and drinks repertoire, alongside a list of winter cocktails, expertly made by the extensively trained bar team, such as The Ales ‘n’ Berry, Root 66, The Cornstar, Mojito with a Twist and Ride on Thyme.

The Ship Inn is headed up by general manager, local Christy Beardshaw, who has over 20 years experience in the drinks industry.

Christy said: “Pubs have so much history and are the focal point of the local community, bringing people together. It’s a wonderful thing that we’ve managed to preserve so much of the Ship Inn – it has been standing for almost 200 years and even survived the flood caused by the Dale Dyke dam burst in 1864. The word excited doesn’t being to cover how I feel about reopening this iconic pub.

“Equally, I can’t wait for customers to explore our beer and spirit range; we’ve carefully selected products that we think will appeal to a wider audience, tantalize taste buds and offer customers the option to explore new drinks, finding themselves a new favourite.”


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