‘Summer Wine’ pub gets new life as a restaurant
WORK has begun on transforming a derelict countryside pub used in T V comedy Last of the Summer Wine 30 years ago into a stunning restaurant complete with luxury accommodation.
The Bay Horse, at Penistone Road, Hade Edge, more recently known as The Algy Arms, is being redeveloped at a cost of almost £1 million.
Six full-time jobs and four part-time jobs will be created if the plans are approved with the potential for more.
Builder Ian Roberts, 53, and his sister, Sheila Sutton, a qualified nurse, who also own The Nook in Holmfirth, wanted to develop their impressive property portfolio which includes the The Brewhouse, a micro-brewery and eaterie, The Taphouse.
After spending some months researching their next project they bought The Algy Arms.
The building has been a public house for more than 150 years but is the only survivor from when the hamlet boasted eight pubs.
According to plans submitted to Kirklees Council by DB Architects of Meltham : “The success of the business has reduced considerably and the Algy Arms was the last attempt to try and bring it back to life but as a tied house, like many others, was not viable and it eventually closed.”
The idea is to create a welcoming pub complete with real fires and restaurant while extending the premises considerably, though the appearance of the pub will remain as the original but extended on one end and at the rear.
The alterations will include new toilets, larger cellars and also a new wheelchair accessible toilet.
Conservatories are to be provided at the side of the function room and a new lobbied staircase is proposed to provide access to the nine bedrooms on the first floor and the manager’s accommodation.
These will include a bridal suite which has a feature Juliet-style balcony.
Architect David Bottomore said: “The new accommodation does include two conservatory extensions and leisure facilities and these lead to a new patio area which in turn leads down to the beer garden.”
Sheila said she was delighted at the response to their ideas from regulars at The Nook and the Holme Valley area.
She said: “We seem to have tapped into a rich vein of support, there’s been a very positive reaction. There are only two farm shops in Hade Edge so residents seem very keen to have their pub back, there’s a lot of pent-up demand which has taken us back somewhat.
“I’ve already had quite a few requests from people about jobs!”
The plan is for the pub to reopen sometime this spring or summer in the first phase of the redevelopment, with the nine bedrooms all with en-suite facilities opening later this year or perhaps 2020 depending on how work progresses.
Ian Roberts and sister Sheila Sutton outside the former Bay Horse pub at Hade Edge. Right, Ian gets to work on the transformationANDY CATCHPOOL