I understand there has been a change of direction for the troubled Star at Bridge End.
After several failed attempts to continue down the road of a public house, the holding company, led by Clifton resident Mike Smith, of Mike’s Carpets, has turned it into a carvery and hotel. Since the last management team moved out in May, workmen have been working on the premises once famed for a “right good pint of Tetley’s” and also running a successful Sunday League football team of which famed comedian Johnny Casson was the ‘spongeman’. It must have been obvious to Mike and his colleagues that the pub in its present format would not be sustainable, even with enthusiastic and hard working managers. The expected opening is set for September. The Red Rooster Phil Ward says he was “booming” at the Red Rooster last weekend for his opening, where he has cleaned out the entire cellar and pipes and is serving Wainwright’s Gold Bitter, Yorkshire Blond, Silver King, Moorhouses’s Blond Witch, Abbeydale Moonshine, Saltaire Blond and Timothy Taylor’s Boltmaker. On Sunday afternoon at 3.30pm he plays host to the Easeegoin Band. Jeremy’s It’s a live music-packed weekend again at Jeremy’s as Rachel Bray and her team welcome Days of Riot from 9.30pm on Friday evening. On Saturday they welcome Retrofire from 9.30pm and on Sunday afternoon the acoustic from 4pm is brought to you from Sarah Widdup.
Matt Parkinson confirms that The George Hotel has closed it’s doors this past Tuesday. However, this is not another sad story of a well known local closing down for good. The Craft Union Pub Company have been planning an exciting refurbishment at The George, which has not had a substantial investment of this scale since around the mid 90s. Operator Matt Parkinson, who has been at the George for over seven years now, says he refurbishment will give the Commercial Street pub a fresh new look without taking away the character of the traditional town centre inn. Parkinson, along with manager Carol Lofthouse and the team, are looking forward to finished result.
“We expect the work to be completed and be back open welcoming customers into the new look George from Wednesday, August 17,” added Parkinson.
The Old Brods RUFC are hosting a Gin Festival on Saturday, August 6.
Advance ticket price is £7.50 per person and admission includes a brochure of the showcased gins, tonics and garnishes, balloon glass to use during the evening (and take home) and your first gin and tonic.
Numbers are limited so please contact the club asap to reserve tickets and make arrangements for collection.
The evening will be supporting the club’s two favourite groups with the Overgate Hospice receiving a donation from every gin purchased on the night and the clubs mini and junior section holding a bumper raffle to invest in the club’s future stars.
The event starts at 7pm until 11pm.