We’ve got some exiciting brewers filling in the Meet the Brewer feature as we speak so with a break from tradition, I’ve decided to post this Meet the publican feature from Yan at the Sheffield Tap, Yan is a top guy and the Tap is a Top place to drink, I just wish it was it was closer to home…
What sort of community/clientel does your pub serve?
The Tap serves such a mix of people, being in the train station we get the expected offering of commuters. However we have a good mix of people who live in Sheffield and visit every day. Plus we get a certain amount of people travelling just to visit us.
What made you want to become a publican?
The love of good craft beer. I thought about what I like doing, Drinking; and then it kind of lead from their.
How long have you been a publican?
In one form or another I’ve been in the trade for about 4 years now.
What facilities does your pub have?
Toilets. A good solid floor in case you feel inclined to drop bottles on it , they will smash (see here). 10 Real ales on tap, 12 World draft beers including Bernard which we import ourselves. Over 210 bottles beers, mainly from Belgium and the USA. Free Wi-Fi for all the beer bloggers out their.
Do you get any famous regulars?
Do you count yourself Andy? (Edit:Erm no I don’t lol) We get a good few faces I recognise, Pete Brown, Rodger Protz, Great brewers Like Kelly Ryan and the rest of the Thornbridge team. The guys from Marble brewery have been known to pop in. Beer writers from around the world. Richard Fox of Morrissey fox fame, the list goes on really.
What makes your pub different?
I would say the vast choice, but I feel that it’s more in the quality of the selection which adds to the charm. Being in a listed building also adds to the Theatre of anyone’s visit.
Do you do accommodation?
No, but who knows their might be the opportunity in the future.
What challenges have you faced as a publican?
The most recent of challenges have been the most rewarding; helping to open a bar that has been closed for 30 years was a great challenge. It makes it so much more worth while now we see other people enjoying what we have achieved.
Where do you think the future of local pubs lies?
I think the local pub needs to continue to be at the heart of its community. It should be where people meet, drink and discuss all those things that get people arguing. But they need to excite their customers, not everyone wants to walk into their local and see the same things on offer all the time.
Any exciting plans for the future?
The plans for the future are really exciting. We have so much space on our existing site that needs developing. For example we have two or three areas which we are planning to develop. The former first class dinning room being the most opulent of spaces, which will just blow people away. Especially when we put a brew plant in their.
Would you recommend the job to someone else? If so what words of wisdom would you give them?
I think that anyone with enough passion for the job doesn’t need any more encouragement. But words of wisdom may come from Billy Connolly, â€œA well balanced man has a drink in each handâ€.
What is your perfect pub?
My perfect pub would be a very unprofitable pub, the beer would be free, and there would be no gas from the nationals. There would be so much condition in the beer that the barmaid is wet through with the balm of the beer, served through that must have northern accessory the sparkler! Great draft beers that I’ve never even heard of before, and some traditional food to wash it down with! And a pool table so that I can put claim to being the better pool player.
Anything else you want to tell us.
Yeah visit the Sheffield Tap and see for yourselves.