Written by Ellie Bree-Ashton
The uniquely named “Craft and Berry” bottle-shop is coming to busy Ecclesall Road on the 1st of February 2020 and will join a sea of bustling pubs, restaurants and shops. It is proudly being opened by husband and wife team, Gail and Tony and their business GnT Bars LTD and will boast a roster of 200 beer and ales, alongside a selection of Local and National Gins and spirits, a haven for the alcohol connoisseur.
The Craft and Berry will be a new and more permanent venture for the business as they already operate Pop up bar’s and own a well-known mobile “Horse Box Bar” named The Dizzy Mare (https://www.thedizzymare.co.uk), which are hired for special events in and around Rotherham.
Gail and Tony decided to branch out into a permanent shop as they looked at how they could build the business around specialising in local craft beer and artisan gin and “the shop seemed like a natural next step as the potential to sell such a vast range in the mobile side of the business is fairly limited.”
When asked about the distinctive name, the owners said, “The name came from a number of months of throwing names around between us, trying to fit in suitable words, such as hop, craft, berry, bottle and shop etc. When we came up with Craft & Berry it just seemed to roll of the tongue and really suited what we’re trying to achieve.
Their previous endeavours have had a distinct homely and vintage feel. Speaking on the decor of their new shop, Owner Gail said: “The theme of Craft & Berry will follow in the footsteps of both The Dizzy Mare and our Pop Up Bar” She continued, “It will have a contemporary feel with a touch of rustic from the scaffold board shelving and industrial; from the key clamp supported tables, tolix style chairs and lighting.”
The Craft and Berry will also feature a “a 6 line tap for kegged beers and 2 hand-pulls for cask beers/ales and a small number of tables and chairs” so customers can try some beers and they have said they will have a “specialist Growler filling machine that lets us fill either one or two-litre growlers so people can take away beers that aren’t available in bottle or can”. Due to this machine and its filling process, “the beer stays fresh for up to 45 days, so unlike ordinary take away beers it doesn’t taste stale and flat after just a day or so.”
Having only ventured into the Bar world 18 months ago, it’s exciting to see the fast growth that has happened for the business since then, but with marketing and engineering backgrounds and 5* reviews, (https://www.addtoevent.co.uk/gnt-bars-ltd), it’s not hard to see why.
Ensure to join them for their grand opening and in their words “have a chat and explore your taste buds.”