New speakeasy style gastro pub opening in SheffieldPosted by: Ashley Birch
The people behind the Cadeby Inn aren’t monkeying around with latest pub in Walkley
The abandoned Firwood Cottage in Walkley is set to become a new cask ale and gastro pub called The Blind Monkey.
The new pub is set to open in the spring and promises cask ales from local Sheffield brewers, and gastro pub style sharing platters and tapas.
One of the pub’s owners Ben Jones, who also owns the Cadeby Arms in Doncaster, said: “The theme of it is a Sheffield pub. We want to support the community of Sheffield and use as many products from Sheffield as possible.
“Sheffield is booming right now and we’re proud to be part of it.”
“It’s something different for the area. It’s an Edwardian period building and we’re taking it right back to the late 1900’s look and feel. We’re taking it back to how it used to be”
The Blind Monkey on Whitehouse Lane, Walkley is under construction for a spring opening
The new pub’s name also harks back to prohibition days where illicit speakeasies were often called Blind Tiger and Blind Pig. Ben said: “We liked monkey because it’s connected to Sheffield. You’ve got Arctic Monkeys, brass monkeys, northern monkeys… We liked it. They’re quite cheeky aren’t they?”
Ben admits that the venture has been a big project to take on as their worst fears were realised when it was clear a new roof was needed.
They had hoped to be open sooner but now the hurdle of the roof has been jumped they are confident of a spring opening. Ben said “It’s all very exciting.”