Friday, August 23, 2013

News: Chantry Brewery taps into market with new pub venture


Directors of Rotherham's Chantry Brewery have acquired a pub on the edge of Rotherham town centre and are giving it a new lease of life as The New York Tavern.

The idea had been brewing for a while and so steelworker brothers Mick and Kevin Warburton, both co-directors of Chantry Brewery, along with close friend and one of the founder members of Rotherham's CAMRA branch Paul Vernon, took the opportunity when the Prince of Wales Feathers on Westgate came up for auction.

The pub sold for £60,000 and the trio have overseen an extensive internal refurbishment of the premises, refurbishing many of the pub's original features, as well as installing a new extended "New York" style bar, that will be used to accommodate ten real ales.

The pub will serve as the official "brewery tap" for the Parkgate-based brewery as well as a range of five changing guest beers. The New York Tavern's real ale offering will be complemented by a range of approximately forty varieties of bottled beers which have been sourced from Belgium, Germany, the US and even Australia, many of which are not currently available in the borough.

Mick Warburton, co-owner of the New York Tavern (pictured top, right) said: "We wanted to create a pub that offered something truly unique, bringing together locally sourced real ales and even pub snacks produced in the borough which can be enjoyed in the environment of a traditional Rotherham pub.

"During the renovations we spent time looking into the history of the local area, and felt that changing the name of the pub reflected our own aspirations of putting Rotherham well and truly on the real ale map.

"We're all Rotherham people and keen to preserve the town's heritage, but wanted a fresh start. When we started looking into the local area, there were many parallels between the original New York Tavern and the Feathers, and also felt that there was good link with the beers that we produce at the brewery."

Across town, the original New York Tavern was built in 1856, the same year as the Prince of Wales Feathers and poured its last pint in 1970 when the building was purchased and demolished by the Rotherham Corporation to make way for Centenary Way.

Chantry Brewery opened in 2012 after significant investment in the latest brewing technology with all equipment built by Sheffield based Moeschle UK. 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.

Mick added: "The brewery is going from strength to strength and Kevin and I recognised that the pub offered a great chance to further develop the business, offering a chance to showcase all the beers that we produce, as well as bringing together a changing selection of some of the best beers available in the local area.

"There's no doubt in my mind, that if we hadn't stepped in, then the pub would have closed. It had been shut for over twelve months before we bought the premises and we didn't want it to have the same fate as so many of the other Westgate pubs."

The "new" New York Tavern is expected to open in a couple of weeks.

Chantry Brewery website

Images: Chantry Brewery


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