Pointing Dog Clubhouse has recently opened their latest branch in Sheffield; situated on Ecclesall Road the venue is housed in a former Polish Ex-Servicemen’s Club.
Pointing Dog currently has sites in the market town of Bakewell and the Manchester suburb of Cheadle Hulme; the Sheffield branch opened in May this year and is the third addition to the Pointing Dog brand.
Pointing Dog Group has invested £1.5 million into the Sheffield branch in a bid to create the best Pointing Dog yet. The restaurant comprises a state of the art kitchen, bar with a 200 person capacity, a 150 cover restaurant, as well as external facilities able to seat a further 50 diners. The venue also contains a private Clubhouse Dining Rooms on the first floor suited for formal select gatherings, or even business meetings.
The restaurant, previously an historic landmark building, will be the base of newly appointed Head Chef, Christopher Lawrie who is originally from Yorkshire. Christopher attended Sheffield’s Castle College and during his time there scooped the title of ‘young chef of the year’, before commencing his London career as a Commis Chef at the Ritz in London.
The skilled chef has also worked at Stovells, an award winning restaurant in Surrey, before progressing on to Fairoak Foods. Christopher has also worked for leading brands such as Whole Foods, Pauls UK, Booths and Asda as a front line development chef before taking the helm at Pointing Dog Clubhouse.
The Clubhouse restaurant menu revolves around experiential dining in Steak and Seafood. Charged with exciting the senses with flavour, taste, shapes and textures the majority of the menu is cooked on a specialist wood fired char-grill, fueled by Elder, Applewood and charcoal.
Signature Clubhouse dishes include large bespoke cuts of local beef steak, the Scotch Fillet, the Round Steak and the Pichana Whole Joint. Other key dishes Include Wood Fire Grilled Native Lobster, Soft Shell Crab and Shucked Oysters and the group’s signature Pointing Dog dessert ‘Chocolate Cake in a Jar’.
The restoration of the venue has followed a traditional design path incorporating panelled rooms and a grand entrance. Adjoining the main structure is the former ‘concert room’ which houses a New York tavern bar with the longest bar in the City, stocking local ales including a custom made ale aptly named K-9 made by Bradfield Brewery.
Neil Lawrence, Head of Pointing Dog, commented:
“The restaurant and upstairs Clubhouse Dining Rooms provide a dynamic new addition to the Sheffield dining scene with a focus premium local steak, lobster and oysters. We’ve placed great investment into our state-of-the-art kitchens and the addition of Christopher, with his skill and commitment to innovation means we are looking at an impressive combination. Clubhouse is all about carefully chosen produce. We have worked incredibly closely with farmers, butchers and local suppliers to make sure our food exudes taste and quality.”
Neil feels that the building is of key importance to the area, and said the restoration has been incredibly sympathetic to the building and the location. He added:
“Pointing Dog Clubhouse has provided 35 new full and part-time jobs across all aspects of the operation. We are proud to have recruited from the local area. 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.”