First look inside Hull’s refurbished Saltshouse Tavern – and it looks amazing

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An east Hull pub has been “brought into the 21st century” after undergoing a remarkable transformation which cost almost a quarter of a million pounds.

Since closing its doors on October 15, the Saltshouse Tavern in Dunvegan Road has been completely ripped out and given a major facelift thanks to an investment of £235,000.

The premises has been expanded by a third and hugely enhanced, with builders knocking through the porchway and pillars to create a more open plan setting.

The astonishing makeover has been completed in less than three weeks
The astonishing makeover has been completed in less than three weeks

There’s also a dedicated sports bar with rugby memorabilia, six plasma TVs and an eight foot screen, as well as a new food menu and more entertainment than ever.

Charlie Haresnape, 31, was drafted in as the new manager of the establishment ahead of the extensive refurbishment.

She is confident the new look pub will draw in punters old and new and is excited to show what the Saltshouse Tavern has to offer, with the Sutton pub reopening on Friday for a glitzy VIP launch night.

The pub was ripped apart and reduced to rubble as part of the makeover
The pub was ripped apart and reduced to rubble as part of the makeover

“It looked like something from the 1970s so this refurbishment was really to try and modernise it,” Miss Haresnape said.

“It looks 100 per cent better. It just really brings it in this century and the whole pub has a different feel to it.

“It’s more homely and it has a nice feel to it now. It just looks so lovely.

Manager Charlie Haresnape, right, and her deputy Maria Chelu in the bar
Manager Charlie Haresnape, right, and her deputy Maria Chelu in the bar

“The regulars wanted the pub to stay open during the refurb so they didn’t lose their local but everyone seems to be on board with what we’re trying to do.”

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Mrs Haresnape was offered the chance to manage the Stonegate Pub Company establishment with its previous manager nearing retirement.

After a visit to stay with friends in Hull, she says she found herself immediately drawn to the pub thanks to its friendly staff.

Saltshouse Tavern has also revamped the menu
Saltshouse Tavern has also revamped the menu

“As soon as I saw the bar staff they made me feel welcome. They were amazing and really friendly, as were the regulars who helped me out when I came to do a quiz night.

“It really was as if I had just walked into a new home.”

The astonishing makeover has been completed in less than three weeks. On the first day, the inside of the pub had been completely torn to shreds.

There’s also a dedicated sports bar
There’s also a dedicated sports bar

Mrs Haresnape admitted she was surprised at how quickly constructors had managed to redevelop the premises, and is raring to go ahead of Friday’s reopening.

“It looks amazing,” she said. “It’s the little bits here and there and you really can see how the money has been spent.

“On the first day it was just them ripping everything out and there was just so much rubble everywhere.

Entertainment will run throughout the week
Entertainment will run throughout the week

“I just couldn’t see where the money was going to go but over the last five days I’ve really started to see it come into its own.

“I can’t wait for people to come in, give us a try and see what it’s like.

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“We’ve got a lot of offers, a new food menu, there are games for the kids to keep them entertained and it’s great for families.”

The Sutton pub reopens on Friday with a glitzy VIP launch night
The Sutton pub reopens on Friday with a glitzy VIP launch night

The pub will reopen from 5pm with The Mr Men set to perform a number of 70s and 80s covers.

Entertainment will run throughout the week with a music quiz, bingo, a poker night and much more.



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