L-R: Little Haven's Peter Bentley and Rebecca Shaw with Alan Stanley of UKSE
L-R: Little Haven's Peter Bentley and Rebecca Shaw with Alan Stanley of UKSE
Richard Bell

Entrepreneur turns former Rotherham Post Office into ‘back to basics’ micro bar

A former Post Office in Rotherham has been transformed into a micro bar.

The Little Haven was set up by entrepreneur Rebecca Shaw with the help of UK Steel Enterprise’s (UKSE) Kickstart Fund.

Located on Broad Street in the town’s Parkgate suburb, the venue offers locally sourced real ale, craft beers and ciders.

It is looking to capitalise on a growing trend for bars that shun music and TVs to create a quieter, more social environment.

Rebecca said: “The theme of the pub is to go ‘back to basics’ hence why no music will play, by doing this I hope to create a niche environment where customers can enjoy a catch up with friends, a chilled evening playing board games or a chance to win at our weekly quiz night.”

Rebecca took over the premises in May and set about refurbishing the former Post Office on Broad Street with the help of a £500 Kickstart Fund grant.

She continued: “Having grown up in South Yorkshire, I’m proud to be representing the area and supporting the local economy by serving beers brewed in the region including a number from Rotherham’s Chantry Brewery as well as only stocking bar snacks produced by local businesses.”

Alan Stanley, regional executive at business support group UKSE, said: “Micro bars are a growing trend focused on bringing people together and are proving to be very popular. It’s great that Rebecca has been able to make the most of this.

“The Kickstart Fund was designed to help budding entrepreneurs fulfil their business goals and so it’s great to see The Little Haven thriving as a result.”

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