Thornbridge, the Derbyshire-based brewer and pub operator, has opened it first city centre bar in Sheffield. The company, which directly operates five sites and five further associate sites under its Brew Kitchen scheme, has opened the new venue after refurbishing the former Trippet’s Wine Bar in Sheffield. The group said that with the new site it was rethinking the traditional bar “as a social destination and providing a venue that grants local established artists more license to experiment, attracting an audience who are inclined to be creative, meet and plan ideas, enjoy a live performance and take in artwork”. Simon Webster, operations director, said: “Running a brewery and pubs is hard work in what are difficult economic times, but it should be a fun job as well. The opening of Dada is a good example of this as we wanted to have fun and create a venue that would, like the famous art movement of the same name, challenge the norm, but at the same time use our winning focus on beer, art, music and community to attract a wide range of customers.” The group is also set to open its 12th site before the end of the year after securing the Coach & Horses on the outskirts of Sheffield from Sheffield Football Club, the oldest football club in the world. The company has been supplying the site with its beers for the last three years and will now look to refresh the site and re-open it before the end of the year under its current name.

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