Thursday, December 06, 2012

Flowerpot to Reopen

A community pub in Mirfield is set to reopen at 4pm on 14th December after a huge joint investment of £360,000 by Ossett Brewery and owners Punch Taverns.

The Flowerpot, situated in Lower Hopton, has been closed for two months whilst refurbishment work has been carried out to update all areas.

 
The pub has been redecorated in a contemporary design with a modern feel, whilst accentuating some of the original features of the pub, including three open fires, Yorkshire stone floors and exposed structural beams, to provide a warm and cosy atmosphere.

The pub has introduced a new menu of traditional, homemade bar snacks and sharing platters.

The Flowerpot, which has maintained a good reputation for quality drinks, will now serve a range of continental bottle beers and nine cask ales, with some of Ossett Brewery's national award-winning ales on tap on a permanent basis (Yorkshire Blonde, Silver King and Excelsior) and others will be seasonally rotated and sourced from local microbreweries.

Outside, work has been done to improve the large car park and the beer garden has been landscaped to make the pub more family and dog friendly - a children's play area is even planned for the summer. A cycle rack has been installed, which will facilitate cyclists who ride on nearby routes.

And with the new look, comes a new team behind the bar.

Ossett Brewery, an award-winning independent brewery based in West Yorkshire, will be operating the pub using their high quality service standards.

Jamie Lawson, Operations Director, said: "This is our first Punch site and we took the opportunity to work with Punch as they shared our vision for the pub. We could see the Flowerpot's potential, considering its location looking over the River Calder, as a local community, family-friendly pub in a picturesque setting.

"The pub looks fantastic, it has a real traditional, community feel, but has been given a modern twist with the new décor and contemporary finishes. With the large car park, we can also attract visitors from the surrounding areas.

"We have appointed one of our very experienced and also local managers, Chris Osman, to oversee the day-to-day running of the pub and I have every confidence he will help the pub go from strength to strength.

"We have lots of events planned, with a Christmas Family Evening from 5pm on Sunday 16th December. The evening will feature Christmas carols played by LB Brass Band, free mulled wine and mince pies, a children's lucky dip and a hamper raffle drawn on the night. This will be a perfect opportunity for local residents to meet Chris and the new team.

"We are really excited about the reopening and we look forward to welcoming some old and new faces back to the Flowerpot," he continued.

David Rowland, Senior Partnership Development Manager, said: "It's great that Punch can invest in its pubs and with the refurbishment the Flowerpot has been completely transformed.

"I am excited to be working in partnership with Ossett Brewery, and considering their reputation as high quality brewers, they will be able to strengthen the pub's image as a destination for good quality and authentic real ale.

"We expect the opening night to be busy with local residents eager to see the new look and I look forward to seeing the customer's reactions."

Flowerpot, 65 Calder Road, Mirfield, WF14 8NN, Telephone: 01924 496939.

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