Work begins on the Manor House, Eccleshill

Work begins on the Manor House, Eccleshill

Work began this week on a major £210k refurbishment of The Manor House pub in Eccleshill, Bradford by Heineken-owned Star Pubs & Bars1 and new licensees and pub regulars Mike O’Neill and Yvonne Drake.  At least seven new jobs will be created when it reopens mid-August.

Following the refurbishment, the Manor House will be the only pub within a mile radius to offer an extensive all-day menu of freshly made food including breakfast and fresh coffee.

Free wi-fi and regular entertainment will also be unique in the area.

Customers at the pub for the last 15 years and family friends Mike and Yvonne leapt at the opportunity to take on the lease and to create the type of family friendly local that they know the community wants. Recently retired from HR jobs and ready for a new challenge, they are both determined to put the pub back at the heart of the community.

Funds are being spent on a complete overhaul of the interior and exterior of the pub, turning it into a modern country pub.  The interior is being reconfigured to create a light and airy bar with cosy alcove seating and an open area with folding doors which can be sectioned off for private functions and live entertainment.  The kitchen is also being upgraded to allow the Manor House to offer freshly cooked traditional dishes and customers will have the opportunity to select their own toppings on each pizza made on a new stone bake pizza oven. 

Outside, the pub is being redecorated, new signage added and the carpark resurfaced as well as a new wider disabled entrance added.  Next spring, the garden will have a makeover to upgrade the outdoor family facilities.

The Manor House menu will include a wide range of home cooked, traditional pub classics such as steak and ale pies, sausage and mash and steaks.  On Friday and Saturday nights there will be a return of the ‘old style’ basket snack meals such as chicken, burgers and scampi with chips and a traditional English roast dinner will be available on a Sunday. 

Families will be well catered for with an ‘early bird’ offer. A children’s meal deal will be available including a free meal for a child under five with every adult meal purchased from the menu. Pensioners will also be looked after with special pensioners’ lunches on Tuesday and Wednesday and if there is sufficient interest afternoon bingo will follow.

Cooked English breakfasts and bacon and sausage butties will be available from 8am. There will be a coffee and cake hour between 10.30 and 11.30 am and fresh coffee and tea will be available all day.

An enhanced selection of drinks will be available introducing Heineken Served Extra Cold, Birra Moretti, Maltsmiths IPA and a new selection of craft ales. There will be a wider selection of good wines and spirits including the introduction of a gin bar featuring flavoured gins and gin tastings on ‘Gin Fridays’.

The Manor House will also host live music on the last Saturday of the month and weekly Sunday night quizzes.

Yvonne commented: “I live across the road from the Manor House and have seen it in good and bad times.  It’s a lovely building and deserves to be at the heart of the community once again.  Pensioners, young people and families all want somewhere to go. At the moment, there is nowhere for them. We hope that a rejuvenated pub will help to restore some good community spirit.”

Gary Corney, Star Pubs & Bars operations and sales director said: “Yvonne and Mike are ideal landlords for the Manor House.  They know the pub and its potential and importantly what other local residents want from it.