200-year old Huddersfield pub to relaunch under new name, following major six-figure renovation

One of Huddersfield’s oldest pubs is set to relaunch under a new name next month, following a major six-figure investment from its owners, which will see the establishment open four high-end hotel rooms.

What was originally founded as The Commercial in Holmbridge in 1809, was bought by Gary and Karen Smith in 2014 in a state of disrepair. They subsequently turned it into successful local pub and brasserie, The Bridge.

But after five years of trading, the couple will now complete a second-round of renovations at the end of June – carried out by local contractors, Byram Construction. The pub will be unveiled as The Pickled Pheasant at an official open evening on Friday 5th July.

The six-months of building work have seen a five-strong team from Byram Construction transform The Bridge’s former on-site brewery, into a new 600-sq ft bar area – complete with open fire. An additional 1,200 sq ft of derelict living space has been converted into four high-quality hotel bedrooms – which are set to attract visitors from across the UK. And 400 sq ft of staff quarters have also been upgraded. The refurbishment and conversion work is said to double the total size of the pub.

As a listed building, Byram Construction has had to operate within strict planning stipulations. For example, the natural stone materials which were taken down as part of the brewery demolishment, have been used within the extension of the new bar area.

No strangers to completing pub refurbishments, Gary and Karen previously transformed Holmfirth’s White Hart into Brambles in 2011 – before selling it in March 2018 to the Harvey’s Group, to focus on growing The Bridge’s reputation.

And with such transformative refurbishment plans in motion, they simultaneously decided to overhaul its presence, with a new, upmarket brand and name; The Pickled Pheasant.

Commenting on the renovation and rebrand, Gary Smith said: “Our vision, right from the outset, is to create a quality country pub and hotel destination, where both local people and visitors, who want to enjoy the Peak District and the village of Holmfirth, can feel equally welcome. One of our regulars, for example, has created a walking route guide for tourists, which we will be putting in the rooms for people to use at their leisure.

“There are thousands of pubs shutting each month, and yet, most people are longing for a good quality pub to spend time in. So, we want to create something that Karen and I would love to visit ourselves – it’s important to us that we offer something high-end.

“The building work is of an exceptional high finish, we couldn’t be happier with what Byram Construction have done – and we think the new brand also represents that perfectly.”

Karen added: “We are delighted that our vision is coming to life and we can finally feel everything pulling together. We’ll be ready to open on Friday 5th July and we’re looking forward to showing people what our brilliant staff have been working so hard on – thanks to our manager Danielle and her team.

“We also want to thank our unbelievably loyal customers who’ve been patient while the building work has been underway.”

Details surrounding The Pickled Pheasant’s launch are set to be revealed shortly.