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THE Country House at Hipperholme is back in business with new owners and a new image.

Wayne Greenhalgh and his partner Ann Evans run the Prospect public house at Claremount, Halifax, which is very successful.

They have lived near the Country House and believe it has great potential. The couple has teamed up with chef and former landlord Richard Parker-Miller, formerly of the Duke William, Shelf, where they met Richard.

He sold the Duke William in September and was looking for a new project. He said he was delighted to become business partners with Wayne and Ann.

Wayne, whose parents have had many years in the trade, spent ten years running The Grapes Hotel in Snowdonia, North Wales.

Already the couple have made changes to their new acquisition and have created a more traditional cosy country inn feel.

The bar has been stripped and re-varnished while the interior has been redecorated throughout. New carpets will be put down later in the year.

The large conservatory restaurant is a picture of elegance. Gone are small pub tables which have been replaced by some classical pieces of furniture.

“We wanted quality tables and chairs to make it a finer dining experience but without the high prices,” said Wayne.

The couple have made a wide range of drinks available, including some different choices, cider and two guest beers on rotation from micro breweries.

The pub re-opened three days before Christmas and will be having an official opening party soon. I will have more details shortly.

The pub will open Tuesday through to Sunday. Food will be served Wednesday to Saturday between 12pm and 2pm and 6pm to 9pm and Sunday from 12pm to 5pm.

Drinking hours are Tuesday to Friday 12pm to 2pm and 5pm to 11.30pm. Saturday opening hours are 12-12 and Sundays, 12-11pm.

The pub will soon be seen online as a website is currently under construction.

In the meantime for more information call 01422- 208210.