Pointing Dog to open third site in Sheffield landmark

Pointing Dog Cheadle Hulme barThe Pointing Dog Group is investing £1.5 million in transforming an historic landmark building in Sheffield into a new bar and restaurant.

Known as the Polish Ex-Servicemen’s Club, the site is being restored and refurbished by the group for its third Pointing Dog, due to open in early May.

Located off Ecclesall Road, Pointing Dog Clubhouse will have a 200-capacity bar and a restaurant with 150 covers inside and a further 50 outside plus private dining rooms on the first floor.

Pointing Dog Group was founded by leading restaurateurs Neil Lawrence and Ged Lynch and now has sites in Cheadle Hulme in south Manchester and Bakewell in Derbyshire.

For the last 50 years the striking landmark building south-west of Sheffield city centre has housed the Polish Ex-Combatants’ Association, the SPK, as a centre for Poles who settled in Sheffield after World War Two.

Inspired by the social heritage of the building, Pointing Dog Group has created a Clubhouse concept, issuing memberships which are free and open to everyone.

Neil, who heads the Sheffield-based restaurant group, said: “The decision to regenerate this marvellous old building was an easy one. We see the improvements to the area as critical, bringing much-needed footfall back to this area which has seen numerous closures in both leisure and retail over the last few years.

“The building is of key importance to the area – it has seen social change and development at its heart and we are eager for these messages to translate through into Pointing Dog Clubhouse.

“Our restoration has been incredibly sympathetic to the building and the location and we feel all elements needed to tie together, hence celebrating the idea of a ‘Clubhouse’ to meet and socialise.”

The restoration of the main body of the Clubhouse is taking a traditional feel, with panelled rooms and a grand entrance. Next to the main house is the former “concert room”, which will house a New York Tavern-style bar with the longest bar in the city which will stock local ales.

The restaurant and upstairs Clubhouse Dining Rooms promise to provide a “dynamic” new addition to the Sheffield dining scene with a focus on lobster, oysters and premium local steak.

Pointing Dog Clubhouse will provide 35 new full- and part-time jobs across all aspects of the operation. “We are proud to have recruited from the local area,” Neil said. “We have found an abundance of skilled team members who were looking for employment and excellent prospects within our group.

“All of our restoration work has been done by Sheffield firms and we have sourced local for our interior as well. We have made a point of investing heavily into the local community and are delighted by the results.”

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