Pubs group celebrates latest refurbishment as part of wider investment plans

Wheatsheaf bar area

Salford-based Hydes Brewery has invested £150,000 in refurbishing its Wheatsheaf pub in Lymm.

The site was originally acquired by Hydes in 1906. The latest upgrade has delivered a complete interior refurbishment, a new bar build, new signage and a revamped exterior beer terrace and seating area.

Sarah Rees was appointed general manager in April and has overseen the refurbishment programme.

With more than 17 years of experience in the pub trade, Sarah was previously based at Hydes’ Nursery Inn at Stockport, a former CAMRA national pub of the year. Hydes’ full range of quality cask ales is available on the Wheatsheaf’s new look bar.

Sarah’s partner, Matt Gulliver, is food manager and has 10 years’ experience of working in kitchens.

The current food offering features an array of dishes to suit all tastes including pub classics, grills and burgers. Traditional roasts with all the trimmings are served every Sunday.

Regular live music is also on the cards.

Sister pub, The Jolly Thresher, 200 yards from The Wheatsheaf, recently unveiled a £400,000 new look, signalling Hydes’ commitment to upgrading its establishments in Lymm. These latest refurbishments form part of an ongoing multimillion-pound investment programme in the brewer’s estate over the next two years.

Sarah said: “This is an exciting time for the Wheatsheaf having just undergone a major refurb and looking the best it has for years.

“I’m relishing the opportunity of managing the team and working closely with Hydes extending a warm, inviting country pub welcome to all customers.”

She added: “We’re looking forward to trying new things and the feedback we’ve received already from regulars and visitors to the new look and feel of the pub has been overwhelmingly positive.”

Hydes managing director, Adam Mayers, said: “The Wheatsheaf makes up one of our three pubs in Lymm, each offering customers something different but also providing Hydes’ offering of quality ales and food combined with a first class guest experience.

“With our investment in the Wheatsheaf, we’ve created an appealing and cosy brand new look and feel, in time for the busy final quarter of the year.”

He added: “Hydes remains fully committed to all of the pubs across its estate and this latest round of investment is part of an ongoing programme of extensive refurbishments. Offering customers a memorable experience is a key focus for us as a business.”

Hydes, with its brewery in Media City, Salford, was formed in 1863 and supplies beers to wholesalers, pub companies and other brewers throughout the UK and a pub retailing estate of more than 40 pubs across the North West of England and North Wales.

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