I was one of the lucky ones last week who was invited for a sneaky peek preview of the new Four Sons Inn, formerly the Clough House on the Rastrick/Fixby border.
Rick and Maggie Starkey, who have the Roundhill just down the road, have purchased the pub and taken on a five month renovation challenge and, boy, was it worth the wait.
The pub is unrecognisable as they have taken out the once sunken pit area and removed an internal wall to open up the whole pub.
Fresh plastered walls painted cream with oak panelling, flooring and bar, along with exposed brick work and a plush thick carpet enhance the pub’s look even further.
Patrons can then sit on high back comfy leather and fabric chairs whilst enjoying warmth from a large wood burner. To the rear of the pub there is still a games room with pool table and it has been brought up to date with red leather seating.
The toilets have been renamed sons and daughters and as we know the name of the pub pays reference to Rick and Maggie’s four lads, Cameron, Scott, Paul and Daryll.
The bar has a huge selection of lagers, cider, hand-pulled real ales plus all your usual spirits, mixers and soft drinks.
The pre-open evening was a thank you to people who had been involved in helping to get the pub open. They were treated to a free bar, a superb buffet and entertainment from the Gledholt Male Voice Choir.
Maggie has relocated to the pub, as the Roundhill ticks over nicely and is continued to be managed by the couple’s daughter-in-law Kirsty.
The team at the Four Sons Inn consists of Maggie, son Cameron and bar staff member Hannah Boyle.
Chefs are in place and they are currently shopping for a new top of the range kitchen to have it installed and hopefully serving meals within the next couple of months. The pub will be open seven days a week from noon to midnight.
The Starkey family are very grateful to all the trades that have worked on the job to produce such a fantastic result. Malcolm Branch and Stuart Shryane both joiners, Stephen Hirst, electrician, Alan Hirst, decorator, Andrew Starkey of Marsh Carpets, Eddie Roebuck, builder, Luke O’Connor, plasterer, Coral Windows and Doors, Ben from BC Plumbing, Nigel from NT Systems for their CCTV, Burglar and Fire Alarms and outside lighting. Karl at Howarth Timber, David at Ceremic Tiles, Chris at Tripple Treatment and Richard Siswick at N & R Roofing.
Maggie said: “We look forward to welcoming customers old and new to the pub, its been hard work but we have got here and we couldn’t be more pleased with the results.”
Tonight (Thursday) at The Barge it’s the weekly jam session followed on Friday evening by Suicide Blonde. The live music continues on Saturday night when Balls to the Wall will be on stage and Sunday evening concludes with Hailbails.
This Friday night at Jeremy’s they have popular Huddersfield based rock band Storm from 9.30pm. Then on Saturday evening another great band in Helter Skelter bringing you rock, pop and indie covers. The Sunday afternoon acoustic from 4pm is with Nathanal Lodge.
Darrell and Petra Brook of Brooks Restaurant have been in touch as they prepare to host an Easter Sunday jazz session.
The popular restaurant, which re-opened last summer after a massive renovation, is have a special Sunday opening on March 27 from 5pm with live tea time jazzfrom 5.30pm to 8.30pm. There will be a Prix Fixe and A La Carte Menu available.
Spaces are filling quickly so book to avoid disappointment.
This week The George will be holding its St Patrick’s weekend festivities. They will have Guinness on at two pints for £5 from Thursday to Sunday. Thursday, March 17 from 3pm Nigel Garry will be singing out the Irish classics and on Friday they have DJ Derek from 7pm. Saturday the fabulous Evie Mac will perform from 4pm followed by Thom with Celtic Kkraoke. Then Sunday, March 20 from 5pm live vocalist Scarlett will perform followed by karaoke/disco with Matt. This is also when they will be drawing the raffle to give away a two night trip for two to Dublin. Half term week sees another medley of offers and entertainment with an excellent Motown/Northern Soul Reggea and Ska on Thursday, March 24 from 7pm and comedy stage hypnotist Chris Lee will be here on Sunday, March 27 from 4pm. All main meals will be buy one get one free.
This Saturday evening’s live band entertainment at the Junction in Rastrick comes from Bellaruse commencing at 9pm, followed on Sunday afternoon at 4pm by the very popular open mic session.
On St Patrick’s Day the pub is hosting an open darts competition with cash prizes and pie and peas. Phase two of the Junction conversion - the kitchen - is now underway and all will be ready for a wide selection of bar snacks shortly after Easter.