Thursday, June 6, 2024

News: New team taking on Three Cranes Inn


A historic building at the heart of the heritage High Street in Rotherham town centre has new tenants, with the team behind the popular retail and cafe businesses a few doors down expanding again.

Rothbiz reported in 2022 on the opening of Over The Rainbow, a technicolour café bar taking on a vacant unit on the High Street. It was the next venture for Danii and Chris Paston, the entrepreneurial wife and husband team behind Yella Brick Road - the mainstay retail emporium embracing fun fashion and pop culture.

Now it has been confirmed that the team are expanding again, taking on the tenancy of the Three Cranes Inn.

One of Rotherham's oldest buildings, it was saved as part of ambitious regeneration plans led by Chris Hamby, when the listed buildings were renovated and used as an antiques centre. In 2019, the space was converted into a traditional English pub.

A post on social media has confirmed the move. It said: "To put it simply, the cafe-bar has been getting busier and busier for some time, and we're a little too small for what we have always wanted to do in evenings... and in the day too to a certain extent. We don't want to (or even can) outline all our plans at this stage; it's literally happened in the space of two weeks and so we're still nailing every detail down.

"There are a couple of venues we absolutely love in Sheffield and what they've offered to our neighbours across the border. And so, we're very excited to be bringing the ability to socialise into the evening while competing/having fun with friends to our own town centre."

The plan is set to involve keeping Over the Rainbow as it is, but moving some of the events hosted there to the Three Cranes. The pub is set to maintain a focus on real ale and craft ale, but with the addition of cocktails, hot drinks and more.

The ideal plan is to have the pub reopen in time for the massive Reytons gig in Clifton Park on July 6.

The original Three Cranes Inn occupied a timber framed building dating back to the 15th Century - the only timber framed building to survive in Rotherham town centre. It was on English Heritage's "at risk register" having been in a state of disrepair for many years.

It was probably built as a merchant's town house around 1600 and an earlier wing consists of a medieval open hall block that retains evidence for a high status "coved" area at one end, known as a dais.

It is thought to have closed as a pub in 1907 and half of the building was demolished in 1953 leaving a twin-gabled façade for retail units on the ground floor.

Three Cranes Facebook page

Images: Three Cranes / Facebook


Anonymous,  June 7, 2024 at 10:49 AM  

Best of luck to the new team taking over, I really hope it works out for them.

Anonymous,  June 7, 2024 at 11:07 AM  

Just seen that the Cutlers has been voted Rotherham Real Ale Pub of the Year.
And we'll deserved too
Be nice if the County started serving real beer and then it could enter the competition as well

Jez June 8, 2024 at 7:23 AM  

Great that new life is being breathed into the Three Cranes. Congratulations and thanks to all involved.

Anonymous,  June 8, 2024 at 11:01 AM  

Anyone investing time and money in the town centre gets my votr

Anonymous,  June 8, 2024 at 4:38 PM  

Could be a great little pub if run properly.

Rothguy June 8, 2024 at 11:30 PM  

Absolutely hope for best and will be in when it reopens. Under the previous owner it was great to start off with but in past 12 months it went to pot, running out of stock all the time and other things.

Anonymous,  June 10, 2024 at 4:21 PM  

I hate that synthetic stuff the County sell.

Anonymous,  June 14, 2024 at 6:11 PM  

Well done to Victoria and Mick lovely couple and well deserved.

Anonymous,  June 15, 2024 at 12:26 PM  

Definite improvement in atmosphere since the Adamms family were moved on, well done Mick and Vicky.

Anonymous,  June 16, 2024 at 10:22 AM  

Anyone know if the Corn Law has reopened yet and if so, what's it like?

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