Regulars cheer rebirth of top pub

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ONE of Calderdale’s best-known pubs has a bright future after £180,000 was spent on reopening it.

The Barge and Barrel, Elland, near Halifax, has been taken over by Eddie Geater, a trained brewer, who plans to open a micro-brewery on the site before Christmas.

The pub occupies a prime position next to the Calder and Hebble Navigation and has now serves nine cask ales, which will rise to 12 once the brewplant is operational.

Mr Geater, whose company Licensed Partnership runs eight Punch pubs among an estate of 17 sites , said: “We were looking for a site with real ale potential, where we could brew to our own award-winning recipes. The unique selling point will be that we will be selling beers brewed on site and not available elsewhere. We have employed real ale aficionado Andrew Firth and award-winning chef Angus Hay, who is keen to complement the ales with a traditional home-cooked food offer with a twist.

Punch Taverns Heike Funke said: “This is an excellent example of a struggling pub being completely turned around by great operators with a shared vision for the future of this pub.”