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Football supporters, music lovers, real ale drinkers and the neighbours joined Kev, Steph and Rebecca Woods to toast the opening of a new bar and lounge at our New Barrack Tavern pub in Sheffield.

The Woods family has run the tavern for the past 11 years and it was voted a CAMRA pub of the month in 2014.

Located on the city’s Penistone Road, the pub is already a respected destination for real ale drinkers and for many on their way to and from matches at Hillsborough. The new lounge which will be used as a public bar on busy days can be closed off for private seminars, parties and meetings.

£35,000 has been invested in the new lounge which replaced a Victorian shop and shed on the site. Wooden parts of the old structure have been preserved and incorporated into the fabric of the new room.

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(l-r) Castle Rock Brewery’s Lewis Townsend, Sheffield CAMRA members Andy Cullen and Rodney Spriggs with the Woods family, Rebecca, Kevin and Steph in the new lounge at the New Barrack Tavern


Landlord Kev Woods welcomed the guests to the opening; “It’s gratifying that at a time when we hear lots of gloomy stuff about pub closures, that we’ve bucked the trend and made the pub bigger. On some days it can be a bit of a push, and the new lounge will make things much easier,” he says.

Among those attending were members of the local community and representatives of Sheffield CAMRA.