Bramsche rediscovers continental touch in refurbishment re-opening

A COMPLETE refurbishment will see a Todmorden pub re-open in the run up to Christmas.

Todmorden resident Mr David Cooper has spent around £50,000 to completely revamp the former Bramsche Bar on Rochdale Road, which will re-open on Friday, December 9, under the name of simply The Bramsche.

One of David’s aims is to return the Bramsche to its roots as a continental style bar, operating as a cafe during much of the day and becoming a fully fledged bar in the evening as they day goes on.

He has spent much of his working life in the music industry, including leading his band The Last Peach in the early 1990s and running his own record and PR companies.

Accordingly the Bramsche will feature a handpicked juke box, which will include 60s classics, pop favourites and some “Madchester” music, from the time when the Last Peach were making their way in music.

“We’ve even painted one post in yellow and black stripes as a tribute to the famous Manchester Hacienda club!” he said.

The renovation has seen a lot of structural alterations to the bar and work has taken around eight months. “We’ve used local traders for just about everything,” said Dave.

The aim is that the Bramsche will be family friendly and it is certainly a family concern.

David’s sister Jodie Robinson will manage the Bramsche, his son, Sam Ash, and his wife’s cousin Amelia Jarman will work there too.

“Some of our inspiration has come from Germany, such as all day breakfasts and the cafe element for example.

“We will also be creating some employment, with another five or six members of staff outside the family,” he said.

As well as the new bar, David will be continuing his work in the music business.