04 Feb New bottle shop and bar rolls into Hillsborough
Against the odds, a stretch of Middlewood Road has quietly undergone a mini revolution this past year, with a spate of new food and drink venues opening in spite of the ongoing pandemic.
Molly’s Café & Deli and The Orange Bird restaurant have both brought some much-needed excitement to the area around the Hillsborough Park tram stop, and next to follow in their pioneering footsteps is The Pangolin Craft Beer shop.
The Orange Bird’s new next door neighbours will offer a carefully curated selection of beers, wines and premixed spirits to takeaway, as well as boasting onsite seating, three cask and four or five keg lines, if you fancy a pint while you’re browsing when the restrictions are eased.
“We’ll be selling mainly modern UK craft beers, sourced locally and nationally.” says Pangolin’s owner Nick Davy, who has been a Hillsborough resident for the past 12 years, “Beyond that, we’ll have international beers from America and Canada, European craft beers, along with traditional European styles like the good old Belgians.
“We’ll also have some German and Czech beer, so some great pilsners, and it’s good to get some of the Dunkel’s and Weiss beers from over there as well.
“We’ll have one double fridge to start with and plenty of shelving, so there’ll be lots of selection. Hopefully, over time, we’ll bring in more fridges.”
Nick has a wealth of experiencing in the craft beer industry and some readers might even recognise him as their friendly neighbourhood bar man!
Nick explains: “Roughly five years ago I was lucky enough to be able to do something that I enjoy as a job, working at The Walkley Beer Co.
“From there I’ve been able to build up my knowledge and expertise in the industry as well as contacts at various breweries. It’s given me a base to be able to come up with some new ideas, and crib a few as well!”
The shop takes its name from one of Nick’s favourite animals, the pangolin, and the protected animal is prominent in the shop’s branding which has been created by Imogen Wood.
“It’s a name that I’ve wanted to use for a long time. Partly it appealed to me because of the way it could be incorporated into the logo. The way they roll themselves into balls makes a beautiful shape to use and the scales on their body make for a lovely texture, especially in monochrome.
“We want to be able to use that on things like tote bags and potentially even glassware and T-shirts if there’s demand for them. We also want to have something in place where we can collect and make donations for Pangolins, which we’ll share once we have a plan in place.
“It does seem, in a sense, an odd time to be seeking to open a business, especially one that would rely partly on people being able to sit in your premises and enjoy a drink.
“However, we will be predominantly a shop and having the takeout side of things will help. Given a lot of places are being forced to stay closed at the moment, there is a bit of a gap there to provide people with exciting beer, and also draft beer to take home as well.
“We’re cautiously optimistic, even though there will probably be unforeseen hurdles and some bombs dropped from Westminster to come, we’ll be ready to ‘pivot’, which I believe is the preferred term, as and when.”
This week also sees the launch of their Crowdfunder, which they have set up in the hope of being able to move even quicker to provide Hillsborough residents with an ever wider choice of bevvies, and there are plenty of great rewards up for grabs over on their Indiegogo page including lots of beer!
For now, the venue is undergoing a bit of a sprucing up, but once that’s finished, and if restrictions are still in place at that stage, they are hoping to open as an off-licence.