The Station, Bishop Auckland undergoes major £337k refurbishment

The Station, Bishop Auckland undergoes major £337k refurbishment

Work began this week on a major £337k refurbishment of The Station pub on Newgate Street in Bishop Auckland by Star Pubs & Bars and new licensee, Cheryl Jeffrey.  Four new jobs will be created when it reopens at the end of April.

The investment is designed to bring the pub up to date, improve facilities and broaden its appeal to shoppers and families. Food will be introduced for the first time, making it the only pub on the high street to serve fresh home cooked food. The much-loved weekly quiz, entertainment and racing will all be continued.

Funds are being spent on a complete overhaul of the interior and exterior of the pub, turning it into a modern industrial style pub.  Full height windows are being installed allowing people to see into the pub and creating a light and airy open-plan bar and separate dining area.  The interior will be completely redecorated in a new colour scheme with new features installed such as a contemporary upcycled timber and metal bar, exposed brick and wood clad walls and industrial lighting. 

Outside, the pub is being redecorated in grey and white with new signage. A nine seater decked area with timber clad walls is being added along with soft festival lights and planting.  A separate smoking area is also being created.

The Station menu will include a wide range of home cooked, traditional pub classics such as burgers, shepherd’s pie, lasagna, sausage and mash, gammon, fish and chips and curry and a traditional English roast dinner served on Sundays.  Light bites such as baguettes, jacket potatoes and wraps with choice of fillings will also be offered as well as a children’s menu.  A signature dish at the pub will be an authentic Parmo.

The drinks will also have a refresh with a new cocktail menu, prosecco and a wide range of gins introduced.  There’ll be eight lagers on tap including Heineken, Amstel and Fosters.  The Station will also become the first pub in on the high street to stock Birra Moretti. 

As part of the changes being introduced, Cheryl is putting in place an app which will allow customers to choose the music being played in the pub from a wide range of music on the pub’s playlist.

Having worked in family run pubs in the past, local businesswoman, Cheryl knew she wanted to run her own one day. She’d worked in HR for many years and had her own shop in Billingham previously, but had been waiting for the right pub before making the leap from retail to hospitality.  When she heard the Station was to benefit from significant investment, Cheryl leapt at the opportunity to take it on and create a great quality family friendly local in town. Her brother is also going to work at the pub and is relocating to Bishop Auckland with his family.

Cheryl said: “Bishop Auckland is crying out for a town-centre pub offering fresh home-cooked food which everyone can enjoy, whether they’re wanting a burger while they watch a match or bringing the family in for tea.  Having listened to people in the town, I’ve made sure we’ve got an authentic Parmo on the menu too.

“The Station is going to be very different from everything else in the town and the investment will help with the regeneration of the town centre.  As well as attracting a new clientele it will still be a place where regulars can feel at home and continue to enjoy the drink, sports and entertainment they love.

“I’d love to know if anyone can shed light on why the pub was called The Station, as it isn’t by the station and also to see any old photos that people might have.”

Gary Corney, regional operations director for Star Pubs & Bars said: “We’re delighted that Cheryl has taken on The Station.  She’s run her own shop and worked in pubs, so has a keen understanding of customer service, which is key to running a great community pub.  Our investment coupled with Chery’s local knowledge and understanding of what people want and her enthusiasm will create a great local unmatched on the high street.

“HEINEKEN is a passionate supporter of the great British pub and is investing £20 million this year in pubs like The Station to help them deliver excellent quality, attract customers and thrive in their communities for years to come.”

To follow the refurbishment progress visit The Station’s facebook page