£1m makeover breathes new life into historic pub

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

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Summer revamp: Breweries join forces to breathe life into pub
Summer revamp: Breweries join forces to breathe life into pub

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SALT Brewing and Ossett Pub Company have announced their joint venture on the renovations and reopening of Georgian pub the Bingley Arms in Horbury, West Yorkshire.

The purchase and revamp of the site has seen the breweries invest more than £1m into the venture.

Furthermore, the former coaching inn, which is situated between the River Calder and the Calder and Hebble canal, will reopen its doors to the public on Friday 23 June.

Renovation has included a redesigned internal layout, new bar area, essential structural work, new open mezzanine, new Georgian style wooden windows throughout and an open plan street food kitchen.

The interior decor creatively combines the SALT influenced contemporary & modern look alongside Ossett’s traditional features such as real fires and exposed stone.

Fresh look

What’s more, the newly constructed front beer garden will seat around 100 customers, and to the rear there is another traditionally flagged seating area, along with a decked area overlooking the canal.

Owner Jamie Lawson said: “The reopening of this once extremely popular pub is a key post Covid investment for our two breweries, SALT and Ossett. We are so excited to put this landmark pub back on the map after an exciting face lift which will inject new life into the Horbury Bridge community.

“We rescued the Bingley with ambitious restoration plans. Those plans were put on hold by the pandemic hitting the hospitality sector particularly hard but after six months of hard work we are ready to open the doors.

Welcoming customers

“We look forward to welcoming both old and new customers back to the Bingley with a unique site that offers something to all.”

The Georgian pub has stood on Wakefield’s Horbury Bridge for more than 200 years, originally built in 1822. The Bingley has thousands of commuters passing the busy area around Bridge Road each day.

The pub will serve a range of craft beer from SALT, alongside traditional cask ales from Ossett. A variety of spirits will be on offer, as will wines from Barrique Fine Wines, on-tap cocktails and soft drinks.

Asian street food will also be available on the second floor by street food vendor Baobros23.

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