Good news if you’ve been wondering whether the Pied Bull on Newton High Street will ever actually reopen – work is about to begin again on its £1.25m renovation.
Punch, who own the pub, have confirmed to Newton-le-Willows News that they hope to have workers back on site by the end of March – and the new-look Pied Bull could even be open again by summer.
The pub closed its doors on 27 January 2020 for what it thought would be just six months whilst a major refit of the pub, garden and accommodation upstairs took place, at a cost of £1.25m. Its landlord Kevin Jennison was handing over the keys to a new manager after 11 years behind the bar and a grand reopening was planned for June 2020. At that time, nobody could have foreseen what 2020 was to bring, and what it would mean for the pub business.
Once the pandemic got underway, and the first lockdown began in March 2020, work had entirely stopped on site.
The Pied Bull is a popular venue for live music and its function rooms have hosted countless family occasions over the years.
Punch are now actively advertising for a Management Company to take over the Pied Bull. And, whilst they say no dates for reopening can be ‘set in stone’ in the current circumstances, work could begin as soon as the end of next month for a summer reopening.
Jannine Leadbetter, Senior Operations Manager for Punch, said: “The Pied Bull is a fantastic pub and we have exciting plans to complete a significant investment at the pub that will create a number of jobs for the area.
“We are currently recruiting for a new Management Partner to take the helm and anyone interested in the opportunity to run the pub can give our friendly recruitment team a call on 01283 501999 or register on our website.”
The pub, in normal times, should have a turnover of around £750,000 per year, but obviously Covid-19 regulations and lockdowns will make this difficult to achieve for some time.
If you are interested in running the Pied Bull, you can find all the details of the opportunity and the costs on their website.
What will the renovation work involve?
The planned renovation of the Pied Bull originally included a new outside seating area to the front; a larger bar area; demolishing outbuildings at the rear and creating a new disabled entrance and disabled toilet. There were also plans for new kitchen facilities and complete refurbishment of all the upstairs hotel rooms.
It is thought that the refurbishment may now be carried out in two phases – with the first phase prioritising the downstairs areas – the pub, restaurant, kitchens, new disabled facilities and outdoor spaces. Work on the hotel rooms above would only begin once the pub itself is reopened.
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