THE Country House at Hipperholme has a new name, a new look and a new feel to it thanks to Robert Greenwood and Maxine Harrop.
They have been open for three weeks at what is now called The Tannery.
The dartboards, gaming machines and large screen TVs have been swept away and replaced with lots of sofas, relaxing surroundings, and a grand piano!
“We are not your typical pub. We are a bar and piano lounge,” said Robert. “We wanted something different and, judging by the fantastic response it seems to be working.”
Since their opening night The Tannery has been have been packed at the weekends with a good customer base during the week.
There is a varied list of drinks, from real ale to Champagne. Sparkling Prosecco, as well as the champers, is available by the glass.
They also have Black Sheep and new addition from Theakston’s brewery – Golden Black Sheep.
Robert’s parents, Chris and Deborah, have the Yorkshireman restaurant at Hipperholme and Robert and Maxine worked for them.
“I saw the potential of The Tannery and wanted to go for it,” said Robert, who has taken on the lease.
In what was the conservatory restaurant is the piano lounge with a beautiful grand piano and some comfy sofa’s for people to sit and enjoy the music.
Numerous pianists have sat at the grand playing classical to modern-day music as well as lounge and classical singers offering a few renditions.
The Tannery is open Monday to Friday from 4pm to 11pm and on Saturday to Sunday from noon to midnight.
In September a Tapas menu will be introduced.
The couple have lots of ideas and plans for the bar and so far the dynamics are working and have been welcomed.
Local residents area are delighted that it is back up and running again.
“Customers seem really pleased that this popular local is firmly back in business,” said Robert.