£500k investment in the Harraby, Carlisle – a JAT site.

£500k investment in the Harraby, Carlisle – a JAT site.

Work began this week on a major £500,000 plus refurbishment of The Harraby on Harraby Grove in Carlisle by HEINEKEN owned Star Pubs & Bars, which will see the pub transformed into a family friendly community local, The Harraby Pub & Kitchen.

It will re-open at the end of May, having been closed for a year and a half, creating at least fifteen new jobs.  The Harraby Pub & Kitchen will be the only pub within almost a mile radius to offer food, coffee and wi-fi and a range of entertainment including Sky & BT sports, live bands and open mic nights, quizzes, pool and darts.

Funds are being spent on a complete overhaul of the interior and exterior of the pub.  Outside, the signage and lighting are being redone and the beer garden is to have new furniture and a decked terrace.  Inside, a dining area is being created with bi-fold doors that open onto the exterior terrace, which will be used for alfresco dining in warmer months. 

Three comfortable six-seater dining booths with deep button seating and their own TV screens are also being installed so customers can enjoy watching live sport while eating.  The rest of the pub will have fixed and freestanding wooden tables including some made of metal scaffolding poles and wooden boards.  The look will be modern industrial – a mix of old and new - with rustic wood clad walls, panelling, vintage style lighting and retro pictures.

As part of the refurbishment HEINEKEN is installing the latest beer dispense technology, its HEINEKEN Smart Dispense system, which produces consistent superior quality draught beer and cider.

Food will be traditional pub classics such as British Beef and Ale pie, fish and chips and burgers.  There will also be sandwiches like Cumberland pork sausage with caramelised red onion chutney, and a sharing platter of Buffalo chicken wings, breaded mushrooms, chips, onion rings and garlic bread served with dips – ideal for watching sport. Quality ingredients will be used, such the burgers made of British beef and served on brioche buns, but available at affordable prices. 

The drinks range will be extensive, from Heineken Served Extra Cold, through to craft and traditional cask ale. The pub will also offer a range of premium gins, rum and whiskey to cater for customers wide and varied tastes.

The new landlords, Maria and Iain Coulthard, previously ran The Royal Oak at Scotby.

Maria said of the refurbishment: “We’ve been speaking to residents in the neighbourhood and there’s a lot or excitement about the pub reopening, especially the fact that families and people of all ages will be welcome.  They said they’ve had nowhere to go out with their children.  Not for long!  Iain and I are looking forward to giving the community what it wants, revitalising the area and getting to know everyone when we move into our new home above the pub. We want to establish as many teams as possible for darts, pools and dominoes and a quiz team to enter the league, so anyone interested should get in contact.”

Gary Corney, regional operations director, of Star Pubs & Bars said: “We’re delighted that Ian and Maria are taking on the Harraby.  We know them well as they were licensees at another of our pubs and were looking for a new challenge.

“Locals have had to walk a mile or drive to enjoy real coffee, entertainment or good quality food and drink in a relaxing pub environment.  Now it will be available on their door step and at affordable prices.  HEINEKEN is a passionate supporter of the great British pub and believes investment like this is needed to ensure pubs continue to be relevant to their communities.”

The Opening times for The Harrby Pub and Kitchen will be 11.00am to 11.30pm.