Rob Jane was Sheffield’s youngest publican when he and Dad Alan took over The Crown & Cushion in 1992
A father and son landlord team have been honoured for being some of Sheffield ‘s longest serving publicans.
Alan and Rob Jane, from Barnsley, first took over the license for The Crown & Cushion in Burncross back in 1992. Rob was Sheffield’s youngest pub landlord when he took over at just 21 years old.
Rob’s wife Jayne, who had worked at the bar since 1986, now helps him run the place. Dad Alan is now 75, but is still helping out by chatting to the regulars and doing things behind the scenes.
The Crown & Cushion is owned by Star Pubs & Bars, who have given Rob and Alan a prestigious award for their long service. 30 years makes them some of the longest serving licensees in Sheffield, South Yorkshire.
Rob said: “I’ve got a soft spot for The Crown & Cushion. It has got its claws into me. The community is fantastic. We work hand in hand to keep the pub at the heart of Burncross life.
“We couldn’t do it without our customers and staff; they are central to the pub and its friendly atmosphere. We’re now serving people who came in as children when I first started out, and three of the bar staff – Pat, Linda and my wife Jayne – have been here 35 years or more.
“Society may have changed, but I believe good locals are as important as ever, particularly in difficult times such as these, providing consistency in people’s lives as well as somewhere they can talk through their problems and enjoy some much- needed laughter and banter.”
Rob has already extended the lease, and is hoping the Jane family will be at The Crown & Cushion for the next 10 years too. He added that the pub is “unrecognisable” since him and his dad first took over in 1992.
“In those days, it was basic, old-fashioned and just sold a bit of pub grub. Nevertheless it was busy – back then pubs could just open their doors and people would come in. It’s very different today,” Rob said.
The Jane family has spent a lot of the time over the years making sure The Crown & Cushion remains as a popular community spot. It’s become well-known for its home-cooked food and cask ales brewed locally across Sheffield, Barnsley and Wakefield.
In particular, their steak pie is Rob’s mum’s own recipe. There’s both a bar area and restaurant inside, as well a garden that can seat 100 and has a heated patio.
And what Rob and Alan have done has been popular with their guests. From 642 Google reviews, The Crown & Cushion has a rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars. Reviewers have praised the cosy feel, friendly staff and good food.
Rob and Alan have built a lot of history at the pub, but are keen to explore even further. Rob said: “The Crown & Cushion is believed to have been built in 1901. We’d love to know more and hear from anyone who has pictures or any history they can share.”