Breweries collaborate to rescue historic pub

SALT Brewing and Ossett Pub Company have joined forces to renovate and reopen a Georgian building in Horbury, near Wakefield, which was formerly known as The Bingley Arms.  

It is now to be renamed as The Bingley. Its purchase and refurbishment has seen the breweries invest over £1m into the venture.

The former coaching inn will open its doors for a grand public launch on Friday 23 June.

The Bingley is the first collaboration between SALT and Ossett and adds to both breweries’ venue portfolios.

Renovation has included a redesigned internal layout, new bar area, essential structural work, a new open mezzanine, Georgian style wooden windows throughout and an open plan street food kitchen. 

Situated between the River Calder and the Calder and Hebble canal, the pub enjoys views of both waterways.

A front beer garden will seat around 100 customers and to the rear there is a further flagged seating area, along with a decked area directly overlooking the canal.

The original, prominent Bingley Arms stone carved signage has been repainted in gold to further enhance the character of the 18th century building.

The Georgian pub has stood on Wakefield’s Horbury Bridge for over 200 years, originally built in 1822.

Alongside a range of craft beer from SALT and traditional cask ales from Ossett, the venue will also be offering spirits, wines from Barrique Fine Wines, cocktails “On Tap” and soft drinks.

Asian street food will be available on the second floor from street food vendor, Baobros23.

Owner, Jamie Lawson, said: “The reopening of this once extremely popular pub is a key post-Covid investment for our two breweries, SALT and Ossett.

“We are so excited to put this landmark pub back on the map after an exciting face lift which will inject new life into the Horbury Bridge community.

“We rescued the Bingley with ambitious restoration plans. Those plans were put on hold by the pandemic hitting the hospitality sector particularly hard but after six months of hard work we are ready to open the doors.

“We look forward to welcoming both old and new customers back to The Bingley with a unique site that offers something to all.”