The new owner of Sheffield’s “most haunted pub” has said it may be turned into a quirky cafe or bar in the future but insists that its historical value will be respected.
The Carbrook Hall, in Attercliffe Common, parts of which date back to the 1600s, was permanently closed last month after it was taken over by West Street Leisure, the company which also owns Bar & Beyond on West Street in the city centre and The Clubhouse on London Road.
The pub’s closure sparked outrage among its regular customers who launched a campaign to save the grade-II listed building and its status as a pub.
But the new owner, Sean Fogg, said that keeping The Carbrook Hall as a pub is unlikely.
“We acquired it because it wasn’t working as a pub. It just doesn’t fit into the current vision of that area.”
“Society is changing. People can’t take their cars out there. They can’t park up and have a drink and walk to another pub. It just doesn’t work with that building.”
But Mr Fogg also said that any prospective tenant will have to commit to retaining the building’s history and heritage and incorporating it into any new project.
“We definitely want to save the historical value of the building. The plan is to sit down with any prospective tenant and come up with ways to make sure the spirit of the building is carried on.”
“A quirky cafe or bar would be nice. It certainly won’t be houses or a car wash or anything like that. We want to keep and maintain the history it has got but bring it into the 21st century.”