MP raises a toast to refurbished Shipley Pub

Local MP, Philip Davies, joined the team at The Bold Privateer to toast to the success of the pub’s launch following a £350,000 investment by national pub operator Punch, which has also created 10 new jobs. Built in the 1930’s, The Bold Privateer on Wrose Road was named after George, the third Earl of Cumberland, who owned Wrose Village in the 16th Century. The investment, which took five weeks to complete, has completely transformed the pub into a vibrant community destination. The refurbishment includes a total refresh of the interior to create an inviting, friendly place to enjoy a drink. Everything has been updated with new flooring, fixtures and fittings together with soft furnishings. Externally, the pub has improved lighting and signage to attract passers-by, together with new garden furniture, landscaping and planters. Local couple Helen and Paul Loat took the helm when the pub re-opened on 8 April. They both know the area well and have strong experience in running pubs and clubs. Helen said: “We could see the potential to transform the Bold Privateer into a fantastic and welcoming community pub and we’re delighted to be given the opportunity to work with Punch on this major investment. We want to become the first choice venue locally for sports and live music events and have a great entertainment programme lined up.” Commenting on the success of the investment, MP Philip Davies, said: “It’s fantastic to see this great local pub restored to its rightful place at the heart of the community and I was happy to raise a glass to its future success. I hope locals and visitors also enjoy the warm hospitality I received at the Bold Privateer.” Aimee Moss, Punch’s openings manager said: “Our main priority was to restore the Bold Privateer to its rightful place at the heart of the community, with a clear focus on delivering a great pub experience for local people. We’re confident that our customers will be delighted with the refurbishment, it’s still a true local pub with a strong drink offer together with a regular calendar of events to bring the community together. “It’s been great to work with Helen and Paul on this investment. The fact that they know the area and the community well has been invaluable in shaping our plans for the pub. We’re looking forward to continuing to support the team as they build on the launch and develop their plans for the future,” concluded Aimee.