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27 February 2020

A Parson Cross pub that has been closed for ten months is to reopen thanks to a dramatic £500,000 refurbishment by Heineken-owned Star Pubs & Bars. The investment will transform The Beagle on Knutton Crescent into a great quality family-friendly local and see Sheffield residents and friends Michelle Spencer and Joanne Platts take its helm.

The redevelopment starts on 3rd February and the pub is set to reopen at the beginning of April in time for Easter. Ten new jobs will be created.

The project will renovate the pub’s exterior and add new signage, lighting and café style seating at the front. Landscaping of the pub’s large rear garden will create a spacious patio area with new furniture, festoon lighting and planting.

The makeover will overhaul the pub’s interior replacing The Beagle’s fixtures, furniture and toilets and giving it a contemporary look and a comfortable feel with lounge, dining and bar areas. An extension will be built to house a kitchen so that Michelle and Joanne can introduce an all-day menu of pub favourites. A separate children’s menu will come with kid-sized cutlery. The duo will also bring in an extensive drinks selection featuring quality coffee, premium spirits, cocktails and wines, plus a wide choice of beers.

Michelle and Joanne want The Beagle to be a focal point of Parson Cross life and will host a myriad of activities from quizzes and live music to fun days and bingo to bring people together. Sports enthusiasts will be well catered for too with the installation of Sky and BT Sports, high-definition screens and a high performance sound system. Fundraisers will be another priority, with the couple looking to support charities selected by residents and regulars

Michelle – who has lived in Wincobank for the last 30 years – and Chapeltown born-and-bred Joanne met whilst working in pubs in Sheffield and decided they would like to have one of their own. The Beagle is their first pub.

Says Michelle: “The plans are really exciting. The Beagle will be unrecognisable and like a new pub when the builders have finished. We’ve both got family and friends in Parson Cross, they’re desperate to see The Beagle given a makeover so that they’ve got somewhere nice to go locally. We hope to appeal to the whole community and provide for all occasions – whether it’s morning coffee, a family lunch or a brilliant night out. We both love meeting people and we can’t wait to welcome Parson Cross back to The Beagle.”

Comments Star Pubs & Bars operations director for South Yorkshire, Grant Morgan-Tolworthy: “Michelle and Joanne are great personalities with extensive experience of working in Sheffield pubs. We’re delighted to be joining forces with them to bring The Beagle back to life and give it a new direction. We’re refurbishing everything, and no part of the pub will remain untouched.

“We’ve invested £1.6 million in Sheffield pubs since the start of 2019 and are finding there’s a real demand for good quality locals in the city’s residential areas.”