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Drive-thru Starbucks opens today in ‘haunted’ former pub

Posted by: Ashley Birch
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The infamous Carbrook Hall Starbucks is now open

Over the last year, there has been much debate amongst Sheffield residents about the worthiness of a multi-national chain like Starbucks to occupy a historic Sheffield landmark like the Grade II listed, former pub, Carbrook Hall.

 

Ever since plans for the drive thru and coffee house were revealed, opinion has been divided, with many residents sad to see the old pub go, while others believed it is better for something to go into the building, rather than letting the building rot.

 

Whatever you’re view point, it is now officially open.

 

The Starbucks officially opened at 6am this morning, after being closed since February 2018. Back in February, the pub was sold by Punch Taverns to West Street Leisure (WSL) and its future was thrown into doubt after an arson attack on the site in May 2018, leading tot the building being registered by Sheffield City Council as an ‘asset of community value.’

 

But, in the end, planners green lighted a proposal on behalf of WSL for a 60-seat Starbucks coffeehouse and drive-thru development in November 2018.

 

The scheme, which has reportedly created 15 full-time and 20 part-time jobs, has been designed by Self Architects and White Design.

 

Director of the Sheffield-based practice Martyn Smith said back in November: “The project involves knocking down some single-storey extensions to the building and the creation of a drive-thru on one of the side elevations of the listed section.

 

“But, the listed section, including the 17th Century Oak Room with its fabulous wood panelling and ornate ceiling and fireplaces is all being retained and restored without any structural changes.

 

“It should be a unique Starbucks and it’s great that such an historic city building is being brought back to life and will continue to be of real community value as a meeting place for people of all ages.”

 

The Grade II listed pub in Attercliffe dates back to 1176, and was owned by leading Parliamentarian Thomas Bright during the Civil War, who used it as a meeting place during the siege of Sheffield Castle.

 

It has also been described as one of Yorkshire’s most haunted buildings with reports of mischievous spirits throwing bottles around and ghostly apparitions in the toilet mirrors.

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