MP helps relaunch historic city pub

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A CENTURIES old pub in York welcomed York Central MP Hugh Bayley to raise a glass to celebrate the its relaunch.

The new look Windmill pub on Blossom Street has opened its doors once more following an investment of £350,000.

It previously operated as a tenanted pub but has now joined the Original Pub Company brand and created 20 new jobs across the bar and kitchen.

Mr Bayley , who officially declared the pub reopen, said: “The Windmill has been open, welcoming guests and serving beer, since the 1700s and like all of York’s pubs it is part of the heritage of the city. Pubs contribute to the local economy, they are valued by local people, provide employment and help attract thousands of tourists to the city.

“The investment in the Windmill is good news for York and the pub industry and I hope that Grahame and the rest of the team attract lots of customers.”

The landmark pub, located near York Railway Station, now joins 71 pubs across the UK as part of the Original Pub Company brand.

As well as a new look the pub also welcomes a new general manager behind the bar, Grahame Bell. Grahame joins with more than 20 years experience in the pub industry and is an expert in running city and town centre pubs after managing the Crows Nest in Newcastle-upon-Tyne city centre for the past 12 years.

He said: “I am delighted to be coming to the city of York; it’s a bright, vibrant and exciting city and I think I’m going to settle in well here. I’ve got a cracking team on board and the feedback on the new look and menu has been fantastic; already the various Sharing Platters and Original Loaded Burger are fast becoming the favourites.”

Original Pub Company is a brand from Spirit Pub Company which owns and operates 800 managed pubs across the UK.