‘Sum­mer Wine’ pub gets new life as a restau­rant

Huddersfield Daily Examiner - - News - By ROBERT SUTCLIFFE [email protected]­plc.com @MrRSut­cliffe

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

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