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Duty Manager required

Duty Manager required

A rare opportunity has arisen to join the management team at our lovely community pub, The Rising Sun, located in the leafy suburb of Nethergreen, Sheffield. Owned by us here at Abbeydale Brewery since 2005, The Rising Sun underwent a refurbishment a few years ago to add additional dining space and has since grown its existing reputation as a destination real ale pub to incorporate a quality food offering and dining experience. We balance both the traditional and modern in the venue and specialise in real ale and keg beer with 26 lines in total. As well as plenty of Abbeydale beers, we look out for the best of guest breweries too. We work closely with local suppliers – so local some of them are our customers! 

We are looking for an additional Duty Manager to support the General Manager in the everyday running of the venue.

We’re looking for someone who has at least 1 year experience working at no lower than Duty Manager level in a hospitality setting, with food offering, and has experience with the following:

  • real ale and cellar management
  • stock systems and management
  • processing weekly admin
  • managing & interpreting basic financials 
  • staff training & development
  • team leadership
  • managing bar & floor shifts to ensure the quality of the overall customer experience
  • health & safety procedures
  • site audits

You will work closely with the existing Duty and General Managers to ensure the smooth running of the business day to day, to provide an enjoyable customer experience. You will need to lead by example and be organised, responsible, trustworthy, a great communicator and be willing to really take ownership of your role and duties. There is the opportunity for career progression for the right person and we are always happy to discuss personal development and training opportunities.

Holding a personal licence would be beneficial.

We offer 28 days holiday per annum plus staff discount, for use at both the venue and the brewery online shop. The role involves working 45 hours per week on a rota basis which covers daytimes, evenings and weekends. Salary will be £23,000.

The pub is easily accessible by public transport, with reasonable opening hours and a parent company (that’s us!) that invests heavily in staff training and progression.

Please apply by sending your CV and covering letter to [email protected].

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Hidden Treasures of Sheffield

Hidden Treasures of Sheffield

Our Hidden Treasures of Sheffield series launched in March last year, just two weeks before lockdown gripped the nation. With pubs now starting to re-open, and our cask production starting to increase (hooray!), we thought a great place to pick back up our weekly cask specials was by bringing back the first of this series, which didn’t get much opportunity to shine last year, but has a story to tell that’s very important to the essence of what we’re all about here at Abbeydale Brewery. 

The Hidden Treasures series is inspired by our strong sense of place. Our beloved hometown has such a rich history, and so much of the everyday is overlooked in favour of more glamorous, visible landmarks. We wanted to shine a light on the bits of our city that we think are truly special, and that you might not necessarily have come across before. The beers themselves will be the classic, sessionable pale ales that we’re so well known for, but that we also don’t get too much cause to shout about every day. Here’s to the humble, the timeless, and the dependable.

For this beer, we’re taking you right back to the pre-Abbeydale Brewery days, as far as the 1950’s, to be precise. Here’s the story of Family Heirlooms and Tuneful Endings

Before being in the brewery business, Patrick Morton, his dad Hugh and brother Chris all worked together on West Street, where they carried on the quintessentially Sheffield family tradition of being cutlers. Hugh had been there since the 1950s and was joined by his two sons a couple of decades later. 

Manufacturing scissors was the primary operation, and what the Morton’s made were among Sheffield’s finest. The problem with this was that they made things that lasted forever. They were also expensive, and unable to compete with cheap imported scissors which were inexpensive enough to throw away and replace. They tried other things like hand-made Bowie and tool-steel commando knives for the American custom-knife market. Making folding knives was a step too far with the machinery, and probably know-how (and, at least in Pat’s case, patience!), they had available. In the last few years the shop did more scissors, knives, and sheep shears repairs than selling new products.

Mortons, the shop on West Street, soldiered on regardless, selling an amazing collection of bric-a-brac and cutlery, often bought by the hundred-weight at auction from Sheffield’s dying industries.

The writing was on the wall. Pat and Chris both went to Sheffield University within a year of one another in the early 1980s, and Hugh, along with Pat and Chris’s mum, Dolly, finally had the business to themselves. In the 1990s, Hugh eventually gave up with cutlery and he and Patrick set up Abbeydale Brewery in 1996 (Hugh being instrumental in this, having a lot of confidence in a business where people consumed the product and then came back for another!). Dolly was the sales force of our local little brewery in days where the big breweries dominated all beer sales.

By the 2000’s Abbeydale Brewery was well established and growing. Chris (following a stint in IT), worked alongside Patrick, and Hugh finally retired. Chris was the Rising Sun’s first landlord when Abbeydale Brewery took it over from the Sheffield University Union. However, deciding that he much preferred to drink it rather than have much to do with making beer, Chris eventually left the business and now runs his own web software business, Plan Alpha Systems. Pat was joined by his wife Sue, and the two of them continue to lead us ever-forwards to this day.

So what about those tuning forks sculptures? They appeared without fanfare when the now ‘Morton Works’ was redeveloped into flats and a bar (the name always amused Hugh, as he’d only ever leased the building!).  You can find them on West Street, at the top of Bailey Lane between ‘Morton Works’ and what used to be called the Labour Exchange. No-one seems to know much about why they are there. This is where we come in to bring a lost story back to life!

Here’s the answer to the puzzle. In 1974 Chris became an apprentice tuning fork maker for Ragg Tuning Forks, then on Little London Road in Woodseats. He still got to do grinding and hitting things with hammers; so that satisfied the Sheffield ‘gene’. A couple of years later Chris, utilising Pat’s knowledge of physics and electronics, sorted out how to get an oscilloscope and a frequency generator to do the final tuning-fork tuning. Tuning fork making got underway for a while at the factory on West Street. The discovery of hundreds of part-manufactured tuning forks became a real inspiration for the builders who found them when redeveloping the building, and clearly they deemed them important enough to commemorate forever as a part of Sheffield’s industrial heritage.

Who made the tuning fork sculptures?  We’d love to know…

Family Heirlooms and Tuneful Endings is a 4.1% pale ale, hopped with Eureka, Enigma and Dr Rudi hops. It’ll be available in cask only from the week commencing 3rd May.

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Step 2 is nearly here!

Step 2 is nearly here!

So confirmation has now been received that pubs are able to open for outside service from Monday 12th April – that’s next week! And we’re happy to announce that one of the pubs that will be doing so is our very own community pub, The Rising Sun. The Moonshine has been safely delivered (hooray!) and the team have been working incredibly hard to make their beer garden a welcoming space to while away the day with a pint or two!

The pub will be re-opening for drinks only initially, although we’ve got our pals at Proove Pizza on board who will be setting up their outdoor pizza oven every weekend to enjoy alongside a beer. (The plan is to re-open the kitchen when indoor service is able to recommence, hopefully from the 17th May – so we’ll have our legendary Sunday dinners back just as soon as we can.) And no need to book, so please just head down to see landlord Garry and the team – and keep an eye on the pub’s website and social media for all updates regarding opening hours and so on.

Of course the Rising Sun is not the only one to be throwing open if not its doors then at least the garden gates, and our team of drivers are back to full throttle and have been busy delivering delicious fresh cask and keg beer to pubs around our city and beyond! Sheffield CAMRA and This Is Sheffield are just two organisations that have been putting together lists of places that are able to re-open local to us, so do check that out too, and let us know where you’ll be heading for a beer!

Our online shop remains operational as always for beers at home, so if you’re not feeling quite ready to head out just yet, we’ve got you covered with a yummy range of cans. Our newest beer is an easy going session IPA called Emergence, brewed especially to celebrate being able to cautiously yet joyfully move into the new normal – the perfect beer to share in good company!

Anyway, here’s hoping for some beer-garden-friendly sunshine to enjoy – although I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for a pint whatever the weather!



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    A true Sheffield institution founded in 1996 and based in the heart of the Antiques Quarter, Abbeydale Brewery blends heritage and tradition with creativity and innovation.

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    Abbeydale Brewery Ltd
    Unit 8, Aizlewood Road
    S8 0YX
    Telephone: 0114 281 2712
    Email: [email protected]


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