Two pubs which closed within a fortnight of each other at the turn of the year are welcoming customers again within a similar time span.
The Bramsche, on Rochdale Road in Todmorden town centre and The Cross Keys, on the same road but up at Walsden, are back in business.
The Cross Keys was the first to re-open, last week under the management of Andrew Williamson and Melanie Thomas, and they will be joined by The Bramsche which opens its doors in time for this weekend.
Brothers Neil and Matthew Priestley are leasing the bar from owner Dave Cooper and have been carrying out some refurbishment work ahead of re-opening, but the aim is to keep the same relaxed atmosphere. Bar supervisor Rebecca Crampton will lead the staff team.
Neil said: “We’re Todmorden born and bred and going back it was always my favourite bar. It’s great to get it going again. The more places we can get open, the more people will come to Todmorden and stay in Todmorden.”
The bar is being moved back to create a bigger sitting and dining area and they hope to support the local community with its downstairs function area, as well as making use of the outside decking and seating area which overlooks Fielden Wharf.
Award-winning cask ales and CAMRA approved local bottled beers, locally sourced food and what Neil promises will be “the best free juke box in Yorkshire”, will be available. Events will be promoted through a Facerbook page and Twitter account on a weekly basis, he added.
Up at The Cross Keys, partners Andrew and Melanie have been asked by owners Enterprise to manage the pub. Melanie said: “Enterprise wanted to get it up and running again and give people their ‘local’ back.”
As well as home-cooked food on the menu and hand pulled beers, that means restarting regular events at the pub, ranging from looking to re-enter the pool league and a quiz night.