Altisidora pub in Bishop Burton will close as huge makeover gets underway
The exterior of The Altisidora in Bishop Burton
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 16 Apr 2018
An historic East Riding pub is to close this weekend for a £400,000 refurbishment .
The Altisidora in Bishop Burton has been standing opposite the pond in the picturesque village since the 19th century, but will close for three weeks from Sunday for a wave of “major investment”.
The pub, which is named after the Yorkshire-bred winner of the 1813 St Ledger horse race, will become a “two-tier operation” with more emphasis on more upmarket food and drinks while also looking after its locals, according to its new owner.
Andrew Noon became the new landlord in February, after 20 years under the previous manager, and he says he’s aiming to re-centre it at the heart of the community while keeping the original building intact.
“The locals don’t really use it so I want to get more people back in,” Mr Noon said.
“As you drive past it, you might not even know there is a pub there. I want to bring the community spirit back into the pub.
“The structure of the building isn’t going to change. It’s about accentuating those features like the beams. We want to keep it in keeping with the village.”
The outdated decor will get a revamp
Andrew says the revamp will be in a similar style to the recent renovation of The Green Dragon in Welton, which owns both venues.
When it reopens, The Altisidora will be targeting a more “upmarket” clientele while also trying to re-attract local punters.
Part of the work will see a cocktail bar installed and new meeting and dining rooms created, as well as investment in the popular garden which has stunning views of Bishop Burton pond.
The venue will also have their own beer on sale called St Ledger 1813 when it reopens - named after the race Altisidora won.
10p from each sale will go to the local community for upkeep of facilities including the village hall.
A popular venue with racegoers for the nearby Beverley Races, the pub will be closed for the Westwood’s first race day of 2018 on Wednesday.
The plan is for The Altisidora to open its doors for the first time on Bank Holiday Monday, May 7, which coincides with third racing fixture on Beverley’s calendar.
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