Wednesday, February 21, 2024

News: More new venues in Rotherham town centre


Premises licences are being sought for a number of venues in Rotherham town centre.

Alcohol could be on the menu at a former church building on Ship Hill as literacy charity, Grimm & Co, prepares to open at its magical new location.

Following the purchase of a former church building on Ship Hill in 2020 thanks to support from an Arts Council England small capital grant, Grimm & Co were looking to proceed with the renovation and refurbishment work when lockdown hit.

Now a few years on, the charity has begun hosting workshops and events at its wonderful new space.

In addition to educational space, the new Grimm & Co. location has retail space and a café. Known as The Feastery, it will include story-themed activities for young people to enjoy, a space to catch up with friends, relax with a good book, or simply have a moment of peace in this cozy, magical space.

The premise licence, recently approved by Rotherham Council, allows for the sale of alcohol between 9am and 11pm, everyday.

A spokesperson for Grimm & Co. explained: "We can’t wait to open the doors to our new feastery cafe, book nook and story themed marketplace in our Emporium of Stories! We work with thousands of children and young people every year and we also deliver arts-based learning activities to families and teachers.

"This fabulous new venue will be one of a kind and the funds raised through the cafe, shop and events will help fund activities in the charity. This licence application will help us to provide a food and beverage offer to suit all communities and events."

At the foot of Rotherham Minster, the operators of a successful café at Rotherham Markets has taken prime space at All Saints' Square.

Work is underway to create Ginge's Tap, a retro music bar specialising in a range of beverages that won't break the bank along with sharing platters and live music.

A premises licence here would enable alcohol to be served between 10am and 11pm in the week and on Friday and Saturday between 10am and midnight.

Just off All Saints' Square, an application has been submitted that would enable a former pub to serve alcohol again.

Rothbiz reported in 2021 that the Red Lion was under review after South Yorkshire Police petitioned for its premises licence to be scrutinised following a number of incidents.

Having applied for a number of temporary licences at the end of 2023, the new application would allow alcohol to be served on every day of the week between 11am and 03:30am the following day.

Travelodge Hotels has recently secured a premises licence in preperation of the opening of its brand new 69-room hotel on Forge Island in the summer.

The "budget-luxe" hotel is set to include a 2,400 sq ft cafe bar on the ground floor.

A 24 hour operation, alcohol could be sold pretty much all the time, but its sale will be restricted to hotel residents and bona fide guests of hotel residents after 11pm when access is to be restricted to residents with a key card.

Grimm & Co. website
Ginge's Tap website
Travelodge website

Images: Grimm & Co. / Muse / Travelodge


Anonymous,  February 21, 2024 at 11:35 AM  

One of the best things in Rotherham , well excited for this to get going. Well done to everyone at Grim

Anonymous,  February 21, 2024 at 5:06 PM  

Great to see this old Methodist Church, where I married in 1970, being put to such good use. Good look

Anonymous,  February 21, 2024 at 8:40 PM  

Brilliant use of a magnificent old building

Rod February 21, 2024 at 10:04 PM  

Agree with other comments; better to see this lovely building put to good use rather than being demolished. Rotherham has lost too many old buildings!

Anonymous,  February 22, 2024 at 11:05 AM  

Yes good to see this building brought back into use.I can never understand this comment that implies that Rotherham town centre as lost loads of old buildings,I'm 62 and only oldish building I can think of that been demolished is Doncaster gate hospital,where were all the other so called old buildings we've lost,cos I can't think of any ?

Rod February 22, 2024 at 12:25 PM  

I meant the (whole) town of Rotherham as opposed to just the town centre. Also, I wasn’t just referring to “nice looking” buildings…

Anonymous,  February 22, 2024 at 1:49 PM  

Well I am 10 years older than you, so I can remember several other fine buildings in the centre that have been demolished to allow the building of eyesores.These include the beautiful Howard Street Library, the Regent Theatre, Hippodrome Cinema, Clifton Hall and the Crown Hotel,

Rothguy February 22, 2024 at 1:53 PM  

Good to see Grimm making use of the old building.

Best of luck to Ginges.

And let's hope the people at the Red Lion can run it better than some of the previous people.

Anonymous,  February 22, 2024 at 5:01 PM  

We live in hope don't we! Wonder what the Methodists will think of selling alcohol in their beautiful old church? I thought this was supposed to promote childhood literacy... do you think think they're trying to tap into the old Belvedere/ Florence under-age boozing circuit? ;-)

Anonymous,  February 22, 2024 at 5:48 PM  

But we're they outstanding buildings?No

Anonymous,  February 22, 2024 at 10:07 PM  

Could not care less what the Methodists or any other religious group think to be honest

Anonymous,  February 23, 2024 at 3:20 PM  

Give it a rest, it can only help the town having more reasons to visit....let's hope increased footfall helps the current pubs, things have been dire in town for long enough.

Anonymous,  February 23, 2024 at 7:43 PM  

This seems like an opportunity to comment squandered

Anonymous,  February 27, 2024 at 4:17 PM  

Well, I am a lifelong Methodist and I applaud the Brothers Grimm for teaching young people to read their fairy stories. I am not sure it is a good idea to encourage them to drink alcohol at playtime however. When I was their age I was happy enough with a pint of sarsaparilla and a condensed milk sandwich. Still, I suppose that's progress for you

Anonymous,  February 27, 2024 at 8:22 PM  

I know, it's frightening really. I hope the workers at Grimm don't allow the kids to drink too much during their break. But it's good that they are being taught to read and tell stories as well as consume alcohol in large amounts. . That's how three quarters of the Cabinet got started I believe.

Anonymous,  February 27, 2024 at 9:57 PM  

For goodness sake, it is absolutely ridiculous to suggest that the pupils will be allowed to drink alcohol. It is strictly for the teachers.

Anonymous,  February 28, 2024 at 2:36 PM  

I was interested to note the comments of the gentleman who used to eat condensed milk sandwiches as a child. It reminded me of the lad next door who had a thing for spam and lemon curd sandwiches. Anyone aware of any other odd tastes in sandwiches?

Anonymous,  February 28, 2024 at 3:15 PM  

At playtime at Alma Road School a few of us used to eat dripping and banana sandwiches.

Anonymous,  March 1, 2024 at 5:16 PM  

What kind of sandwiches did you take at Wellgate?

Anonymous,  March 4, 2024 at 6:34 PM  

Couldn't afford sandwiches!

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