‘Now it’s fin­ished, it’s beau­ti­ful’

Leek Post & Times - - BUSINESS WEEKLY - By Aimi Red­ern news­desk@the­p­o­stand­times.co.uk

A LEEK land­lord has re­vealed his de­light at giv­ing a pub a new lease of life after it spent 10 years ly­ing derelict.

The Wood­man has re­opened as a tra­di­tional pub, serv­ing real ales and a large se­lec­tion of gins.

The Old Hall Street venue had been home to var­i­ous night­clubs in re­cent years be­fore be­ing left empty for a decade.

It has been trans­formed by Cald­more Tav­erns - which has bought and re­fur­bished sev­eral pubs in the area - and re­turned to its orig­i­nal name.

Guy Thor­burn, from Leek, has taken the helm and is look­ing for­ward to wel­com­ing new pun­ters through the doors.

The 52-year-old said: “Cald­more Tav­erns have to­tally ren­o­vated the place from top to bot­tom and the up­stairs has been turned into flats.

“I have been in­volved for about four months so I have watched it come on and it has been mar­vel­lous see­ing the progress.

“Now it’s fin­ished I think it’s beau­ti­ful. I love it, it feels like such a com­fort­able pub.”

The build­ing was bought by de­vel­oper Realis Es­tates 10 years ago, when it was look­ing to re­de­velop the old bus sta­tion site. But when those plans floun­dered, Realis sold the prop­erty ear­lier this year.

Steve said: “I’m feel­ing re­ally pos­i­tive about the pub’s fu­ture. It may take a few weeks or months but once we’ve built up a rep­u­ta­tion I think it will fly.

“We’ve got eight real ales - four or five of which are lo­cally brewed - two craft ciders, 21 gins and a nice se­lec­tion or whiskies and bour­bons, plus all your reg­u­lar drinks.

“In the next few weeks we are look­ing to start do­ing light bites and we will have some en­ter­tain­ment, like acous­tic acts and open mic nights.”

The pub opens at mid­day and is li­censed to open un­til mid­night dur­ing the week and 1am at the week­end.

Man­ager Guy Thor­burn out­side the pub.

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