Ted, a former joiner from Kent, was given permission by Sheffield City Council to turn the former Knowle’s Emporium gift shop on Glossop Road into a small pub offering craft ales, bar snacks and pub games.
Having sought legal advice from Sheffield solicitors Wake Smith on leasing the building, the micro-pub, called The Itchy Pig Alehouse after Ted’s passion for pork scratchings, is set to open at midday on Saturday.
Ted said: “There has been a big refurbishment project to complete. It’s been a substantial investment and a huge challenge. I love good beer, pub games and good bar snacks and now it’s ready and I can’t wait to open. I’m looking forward to serving some of Sheffield’s and Kent’s best ales.
“I found the property and needed help on the legal side. I’ve worked in pubs and by trade I’m a joiner, but I had no idea about the legal issues of taking on a building.
“Tom Weightman at Wake Smith was very approachable and professional and took all the stress away from the process.
“I wanted to use a well known firm but receive a personal service and that is exactly what happened. I would have no hesitation in recommending them and look forward to having a pint with Tom when we open.”
Tom Weightman, commercial property solicitor at Wake Smith, said: “We were appointed to advise on the lease and delighted to help Ted achieve his ambition. Broomhill is a thriving suburb of Sheffield popular with students and young people. We wish Ted all the best with his new venture.”
The independent Itchy Pig is the third establishment of this type to open in the city and joins the Beer House and Portland House on Ecclesall Road to provide a watering hole for ale lovers in Sheffield.