Thorpe Hesley Pub Reopens After 18-Month Closure and Major Refurbishment

Thorpe Hesley Pub Reopens After 18-Month Closure and Major Refurbishment

An historic Thorpe Hesley pub – The Masons Arms on Thorpe Street, which has been closed for 18 months – reopens this week following a £430,000 revamp by Heineken-owned Star Pubs & Bars and Barnsley entrepreneur Gary Hunt.

The tired and dated local has been restored to an exceptional standard and will specialise in locally sourced, freshly prepared food. 25 new jobs have been created.

Gary, who has seven other pubs in Yorkshire said: “The Masons Arms used to be my mum’s and dad’s local years ago and I’ve known of it most of my life. It’s a lovely old building, it was so sad to see it closed, especially as it has such a central position in the village. Residents have been crying out for a good place to eat and there has been a lot of interest in the pub’s future. I wanted to bring it back to life and make it a place they could enjoy once again.”

The outside of The Masons Arms has been carefully renovated with new signage and lighting. A stunning new alfresco area has been added complete with seating for around 100 as well as beach huts equipped with heating, lighting and phone chargers to provide year-round use.

Inside the pub has been completely refurbished and panelled in keeping with its architecture. Original features - including old brickwork, a fireplace and a fabulous bay window - have been revealed. In celebration of the community, Gary has dedicated two areas to its past, creating the Wentworth and Thorpe Hesley rooms, which display old photographs and memorabilia. “The pub dates back to 1878 so it has seen a lot of village history,” explains Gary.

Gary has employed Scott Kennedy from Rotherham as the pub’s manager as he is very familiar with The Masons Arms and knows many people in the area. He is looking forward to putting the pub back on the map.

An enlarged and refitted kitchen will enable head chef, James Sephton, to serve a fabulous menu of fresh food including traditional pub favourites, modern British cuisine, grilled steaks and fresh fish. A barista-quality coffee machine has been installed and the pub will serve coffees and teas all day.  

Great beer is also a priority for Gary, who has invested in a complete cellar revamp and installed state of the art dispense equipment to ensure all drinks are served with consistency. Cask and craft ales are now a specialty, and the pub is seeking Cask Marque accreditation. World wines and cocktails are another new addition.