Furnace bar and restaurant heats up £480m regeneration programme

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The Furnace – a highly anticipated second Sheffield city centre venue from bar operator New World Trading Company – has opened its doors to the public.

Located in Charter Square as part of Sheffield’s Heart of the City development, The Furnace takes inspiration from the city’s industrial spirit.

As well as serving up cocktails and drinks, The Furnace features a creative food menu that pays homage to the city it serves, pairing famed local products and dishes with modern cooking techniques inspired by the functions of a furnace – such as flame-grilling and blowtorching.

Lewis Mackay, general manager, said: “The launch has gone well and we have been very encouraged by the positive feedback and support we’ve received so far.

“We’re really proud of the completed venue and look forward to welcoming the city’s residents, workers and students over the coming months.”

The Furnace is the first bar to open as part of Heart of the City – the £480m scheme led by Sheffield City Council and their Strategic Development Partner, Queensberry.

Dan Davies, director of Metis Real Estate Advisors, retained Leisure and F&B leasing agents for the project, said he believes venues like The Furnace will help diversify the city centre’s offer and attract more great brands.

He added: “It’s great to see The Furnace open and the finish looks spectacular. It is run by a much-celebrated UK operator and is a hugely positive addition to the city centre.

“With Heart of the City we are only targeting national and independent brands of real quality and this latest opening reflects that vision.

“With major occupiers like HSBC, CMS and Radisson Blu on board, the scheme is really gaining momentum and we look forward to delivering more exciting brands soon.”