Major refurbishment kicks off licensees’ Yorkshire expansion


Work has commenced on a £280,000 refurbishment of The New Inn in Farsley, West Yorkshire by Star Pubs & Bars and brothers Jamie and Matt Hanson (pictured).

The project marks the start of the Hansons’ ambition to create a small pub group in West and North Yorkshire.

Jamie already operates village pub The Thornhill in Calverley with Star Pubs & Bars. The pair are set to take a third Star site, The Princess in Rawdon, next week.

The Hansons are completely revamping The New Inn, transforming the tired local into a quality city-centre style contemporary pub. It will be renamed Number Thirty Three to reflect its new direction.

The pub’s outside will be fully renovated and redecorated. A garden will be created, complete with a garden room, murals and heating and lighting.

Inside, the pub will be stripped out and completely refurbished to give it a stylish contemporary look.

Chef Matt is introducing a menu featuring artisan cheese, charcuterie from Yorkshire butcher Lishman’s of Ilkley, and gourmet toasties. A barista-quality coffee machine is being installed and locally made pastries will also be served.

Craft beers and lagers as well as cask ales will be brought in. The brothers are looking to gain Cask Marque accreditation and stock local ales. Wines, gins and cocktails will also be specialities.

Jamie said: “The designs are stunning and will completely change the pub and bring something new to Farsley. At the moment, many people choose to go into Leeds for a night out. We want to provide them with an alternative on their doorsteps.

“Our aim is take more leased pubs in the area where there is the opportunity to transform the business and add value. We’ve had excellent backing from Star, from brand and technical support to investment and insight.”

Grant Morgan-Tolworthy, Star Pubs & Bars regional operations director, said: “The Hansons are a highly experienced team. Jamie’s extensive knowledge of pubs and Matt’s credentials as a chef bring a great combination of skills to any pub business. We look forward to developing further partnerships with them.”

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