Monday, March 24, 2014

News: Rotherham pub is welcomed with open arms

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The Cutler's Arms, one of Rotherham town centre's historic pubs, has been given a new lease of life, thanks to the directors of Rotherham's Chantry Brewery.

Chantry Brewery opened in 2012 after significant investment in the latest brewing technology installed at its Parkgate facility. The first beers were officially launched at the New York Beer Festival at Rotherham United's New York Stadium and award-winning ales include New York Pale, Iron & Steel Bitter, Diamond Black Stout and Mighty Millers, brewed to celebrate the football team's promotion last season.

Directors, Sean Page and Mick Warburton, have set up a new company to take on operating a real ale pub which follows on from their acquisition of an empty pub, also on Westgate, last year which they gave a new lease of life as The New York Tavern. The pub has recently been named as the Winter pub of the season by the Rotherham branch of CAMRA.

The openings come as the latest CGA-CAMRA Pub Tracker, which covers the period of April - December 2013, shows that the number of net pub closures in the UK has risen from 26 to 28 per week.

The Grade 2 listed Cutlers Arms on Westgate is one of the few surviving Edwardian buildings in the town centre. There was a previous Cutler's Arms on the site before the current building, the first appearing in a directory of 1825. The pub was rebuilt in 1866, when it became a Stones tied house. The 1907 rebuilding was part of a general rebuilding in Westgate to provide a broader highway into the town to relieve traffic congestion.

The building, which was recently listed as an asset of community value, has been restored inside and out. The new owners have kept the very traditional public house model - with the bar serving beers, by means of hand pumps, in three rooms. Traditional furniture, in keeping with the age and traditional nature of the premises, has been sourced, and elements such as a stained glass window and etched glass windows damaged after the pub closed last year have been replaced to their original specification.

Sean Page, director of Chantry Brewery, said: "We are providing an offer that is significantly different to that currently available in the Town Centre and that would be a destination venue for real ale enthusiasts from outside Rotherham.

"The five core beers at the Cutlers will be sourced from our Chantry Brewery and will be typically be supplemented by a further five guest beers. We only use the finest ingredients available, including Yorkshire Malt to produce our range of premium beers."

Bernadette Rushton of the Council's Town Centre Retail Investment Team, added: "We, and colleagues in other departments, have been happy to advise and support Sean and his fellow directors in bringing this project forward. It is great news that Chantry Brewery have decided to reinvigorate the Cutlers Arms, not only in terms of increasing the options for the town centre's night-time economy, but also by bringing a historic empty unit back into use on Westgate; one of the main routes for visitors into the town centre retail area."

Chantry Brewery website

Images: RMBC

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