Two Yorkshire pubs which were wrecked by last year’s Boxing Day floods have reopened following the completion of refurbishment work.
The Stubbing Wharf at Hebden Bridge, Calderdale, and The Shoulder of Mutton at nearby Mytholmroyd, had to be rebuilt following the devastating deluge.
Leisure contractor Medlock FRB won tenders to carry out interior refits of both pubs. The firm installed new flooring, doors, bar and kitchen areas, seating, toilets and décor. Each £100,000 scheme took Medlock four weeks to complete.
Both pubs are owned by Enterprise Inns and are run by tenant Matthew Browne.
The projects take to 10 the number carried out by Medlock for Enterprise Inns in the past two years.
The Stubbing Wharf was overwhelmed when the River Calder and the Rochdale Canal burst their banks.
The Shoulder of Mutton lies near where the River Calder and the River Elphin meet, and both burst their banks.
Matthew said: “The cellar at the Stubbing Wharf flooded first, then the pub itself. The water was 3ft deep in the pub and damaged floor joists, caused a wall to collapse and left a terrible mess.
“At The Shoulder of Mutton, the water came gushing through the pub like a river. It rose to be 5ft deep and devastated the pub.
“The work at both pubs has been fantastic. They both look a lot better than before. We are relieved and delighted to back in business.
“Now we want to put this all behind us and look to the future.”
Medlock finance director Colin Drury said: “We’re delighted to have played out part in helping these popular pubs to reopen for business in the shortest time possible.
“Most of our work involves creating new venues for national leisure operators but these contracts provided the opportunity to restore well-established venues which were badly affected by the Boxing Day deluge.
“We wish Matthew and his staff every success at the new-look pubs.”