Good Times: Pub still growing after new look

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Called in to see Phil Ward at the Junction Inn, Ogden Lane, Rastrick.

The pub is now some six weeks on from its refurbishment and the now real ale house is going from strength to strength.

Phil took the pub on in July and straight away began gaining feedback from the customers and making plans.

The full refurbishment took place and the pub opened in time for Halloween and Phil’s plans were able to hit the ground running.

The next step in the pub’s transformation in to centre hub of the community and to begin serving some simple but hearty pub grub in the form of a beer and burger menu. There will also be a children’s menu available as well as pizza’s.

The Pensioners’ Club will now become the coffee shop clan in where the pub will open during the day as a meeting place and they can enjoy coffee, cakes and sandwiches, available Monday to Friday noon to 4pm.

At present there are five real ales on offer but Phil confirmed that if the demand increases he will be increasing the number of pumps.

Newly introduced this last Friday is Frizzy Fridays, where you can enjoy a bottle of Prosecco for £12.95 and start the weekend in style.

The pub’s Wednesday quiz night has now become very popular and the special Christmas quizzes that have been held on a Saturday have also gone down well.

The curry night that is normally held the last Sunday of every month has been brought forward to this evening (Thursday) for this month.

For £6 per head you can enjoy a choice of six curries as well as a selection of starters, rice, garlic and naan bread and chappati.

Local Rastrick lad Simon Fielden has now been employed as the new chef at the Junction and he will soon be rolling out the new menu, now that the premises have been given the go ahead for food.

This Saturday evening the Junction will host its first function, a non-private party a 50th wedding anniversary celebration.

Also coming up, on December 22 there will be a special Christmas clairvoyant evening starting at 7.30pm. Its priced at £10 per person with a pie and pea supper thrown in.

“Its really exciting what we have going on at the pub and we would welcome all to come and see the new look Junction, sample our real ales and, of course, our new menu when its up and running within the next week or so,” added Phil.

Tonight (Thursday) at The Barge, they have the weekly jam session, followed on Friday night by the band Balls to the Wall. Saturday evening’s entertainment comes from Blood, Sweat and Beers, then on Sunday night it’s Neil Wilde’s Boogie Band.

Plus all the weekend’s top sporting action will be shown on the screens.

Tonight (Thursday) at Jeremy’s they have a Soul and Motown Party Night from 9pm.

Then on Friday night Funki will be on stage from 9.30pm. They are a party band playing funk/soul/Motown/ blues and rock.

Saturday nights entertainment comes in the form of Chequred who will be on stage from 9.30pm they play modern pop as well as the good old 70s 80s and 90s soul classics.