Sister companies collaborate to extensively renovate ‘cask ale haven’

An investment of more than £500,000 is being pumped into the Riverhead Brewery Tap in the village of Marsden, Huddersfield.

The project is a collaboration between Ossett Brewery and its sister company SALT.

Riverhead has been a cask ale haven since 1995, with an on-site brewery producing a range of ales including Butterley Bitter.

The involvement of SALT will see craft IPA favourites such as Jute and Huckaback line up alongside nine cask ales.

The brewery tap will re-open on 1 March, following several weeks of extensive renovation and refurbishment.

Work will see the brewery moved up to the ground floor and the overall footprint of the site more than double in size.

The site will interconnect with the bank building next door.

Alongside Riverhead and Ossett’s own championship cask ales, SALT’s craft beers will be on the bar together with a variety of spirits, wines from the Barrique Fine Wines – the group’s own wine wholesaler – and “on tap” cocktails.

West Yorkshire street food vendor Baobros23, known for its Chinese steamed buns, will continue to supply its Asian street food. Riverhead is set to open to the public from Friday 1 March at noon.

Ossett took Riverhead into its fold of brew pubs in 2009. Last year SALT also joined with Ossett in the restoration of the historic Bingley, in Horbury Bridge near Wakefield.

Ossett Brewery & Pub Company co-owner, Jamie Lawson, said: “Riverhead Brewery Tap has played an important role in the Marsden hospitality scene for many years.

“This investment ensures its place at the heart of the community long into the future. We are also pleased to join forces with SALT after the huge success of ‘The Bingley’ in Horbury Bridge.”