Shiny new things to look forward to in Sheffield next year

Shiny new things to look forward to in Sheffield next year

It goes without saying that 2020 has been a stinker, so we’re not going into that. Instead, we’re writing it off and focusing on 2021. Try it…

Feel better?… Good. Right, let’s look forward to some of the exciting new venues itching to get going in Sheffield next year. Step forward 2021 and all its associated hope and possibilities…

Aria Bar, Kommune, Castle House

Aria Bar

‘For the love of good company.’ Aria is a collaboration between the good folk at Kommune and drinks brand Campari. Expect specially curated cocktails focusing on the much-loved spirit, and a menu consisting of ten dishes created by some of the venue’s amazing chefs.

“What we’ve done is move from high end street food in Kommune, to smaller, more considered plates for sharing, so the resident chefs can really show off what they can do.” Explains Jon Perry, who as well as co-founding Aria and Kommune, also owns popular Sheffield café, Tamper.

“That was important for us all. There’s no point in us bringing in someone else to cook, when we already have amazing chefs in Kommune. And each kitchen has a distinct identity and personality and that’s what they bring to each dish.”

Aria will be bookings-only and unlike the main hall which is app-based, will be full table service by expert wait staff, wearing New York cocktail bar inspired vintage jackets. Perfect for date night. We can’t wait

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Isabellas, Alma Street, Kelham Island

Isabella’s Bar, Alma Street

A classy new Italian restaurant has been waiting to open its doors on Alma Street for months now and they can’t wait to get serving great coffee and Italian pastries through the day, before transitioning to a ‘an upmarket restaurant and wine bar’ in the evenings, with a few unexpected menu twists and a riff on small plates for those looking for a casual dining experience.

The new bar and restaurant is in the former home of The Gatehouse

Co-owner Steve Miccoli said: Steve said: “There’s lots of great places in Kelham Island but nothing quite like this. We wanted to set the trend and do something a bit different. Somewhere with really plush surroundings, where you can relax and pick from a nice selection of beers, wine, spirits and cocktails. Just somewhere where people feel really special.”

Sounds great to us!

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The Lughole, Kelham Island

It’s ‘DIY or Die’ for this famous Sheffield music venue, which is relocating to Kelham Island after being forced to close back in 2019. The Lughole, which began life as a ‘DIY punk cooperative and venue’ in 2013, is renowned for its electrifying 100-capacity gigs and DIY ethos and founders are looking to transfer that spirit across to the new larger venue in 2021.

Co-founder Avi, who has been involved with the punk scene for around 20 years and describes himself as ‘a punk, family man, musician, sound person and organiser’, told Push: “The Lughole was a dream we had after losing two regular venues we held gigs in (for the older music heads you will remember Cricketers Arms and Under the Boardwalk).

“In 2019 we registered The Lughole as a cooperative and found a new building in the Kelham Island area. Having received the relevant permissions and licenses, we moved in in Feb 2020, ready to start the small renovation work, then COVID hit and the world changed.

“The Lughole started as a punk rock venue but has evolved to encompass DIY artists across genres. Our improved space will allow us to work with new promoters to further diversify our programming. It will improve audience experience, with a member’s bar area and better accessibility to create a welcoming safe environment for people who struggle to access mainstream gigs.”

We’re all over this!

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True loves, Victoria Quays

True Loves is a beautiful new waterside bar and delicatessen situated under archway next door to popular bar Canalside bar Dorothy Pax, in the Sheffield Canal Basin.

The new venue is ready and waiting to serve up small plates and sharing platters of the finest Yorkshire cheeses and meats, accompanied by a large selection of wines, beers and craft ales, all set against the under-utilised and idyllic surrounds of Victoria Quays.

“We’re ready to open now, basically as soon these new restrictions are lifted.” says owner Bally Johal, who also runs vintage shop Thrifty Store and bar Bal Fashions, which are both nearby in the Castlegate area, “It’s going to be a really great space and if we can get open and survive this period then I just think it’s going to be a great place for family and everyone else to come and enjoy waterside drinks and sharing platters.

“It’s something new for Sheffield. We’ve got a pretty comprehensive wine list and the sharing board will come with flights of wine or flights of ale. We’re going to pair the meat and cheeses with wines and ales, but equally you’ll be able to pick your own.”

Sounds perfect for a lazy afternoon down by the river.

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Age UK Hillsborough Park café

After receiving funding in the summer that moved charity Age UK is one step closer to realising their dementia-friendly café project in Hillsborough Park.

The project received £581,500 from National Lottery Heritage Fund back in June to restore the derelict Grade II Listed Old Coach House building, next to Hillsborough Library. The nearby Potting Shed will also be renovated as a creative Makers’ Shed, while Age UK Sheffield will also manage community facilities at the park’s Bowling Pavilion.

Reacting to the news of funding, Age UK Sheffield Chief Executive, Steve Chu, said: “This is absolutely amazing news. I am so grateful to The National Lottery Heritage Fund and everyone who buys Lottery tickets. This project could not have developed without National Lottery funding.”

“We are going to create a beautiful new café for Hillsborough Park and develop an exciting range of activities which will be targeted at older people, accessible to people with long-term health conditions such as dementia, and available to the entire community.”

Age UK Sheffield are aiming to open the café in summer 2021.

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Native, Gibraltar Street

The team behind J H Mann fishmongers, who already have a shop on Sharrow Vale and a kitchen in Kommune, are set to open a new Sheffield restaurant called Native. 

The new restaurant and bar, which promises to be a ‘fish-based with a difference’ dining experience, was hoping to be open in November, but sadly that date keeps getting pushed back thanks to the ongoing restrictions

Announcing the new venue, owners said: “As you may or may not know we have been working on the new site. It’s a fantastic building just next to Kelham Island.”

If you’ve been to any of their other sites in Sheffield, you will already know the quality of J H Mann and will therefore know that this is going to be the plaice to be in 2021 (sorry!).

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New World trading Company bar and restaurant, city-centre

The Botanist Sheffield
The Botanist Sheffield

We don’t know too much about this one other than the company behind The Botanist Sheffield, New World Trading Company, have announced plans to open a new bar and restaurant in the heart of Sheffield city centre next year.

But, if its half as pretty as the Botanist, we’re in for a treat.

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Ashley Birch
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