Hull's historic The White Hart pub reopens six years after closing - and it looks brilliant
The White Hart pub in Alfred Gelder Street
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 13 Apr 2018
A historic Hull pub has reopened six years after it was left to wrack and ruin – and it’s going to be popular.
The White Hart in Alfred Gelder Street was built in 1904, and was a favoured watering hole of many people living and working around the city’s Old Town.
The White Hart
Now, Crafty Little Brewery has taken over and the tavern is ready to rise from the ashes.
The listed bar was built at the same time as the pub by men who also worked on the Titanic, and is the main focal point as you enter.
From left is Adam Arnold, bar staff, Magda Laulund, manager, and Nick Tyldsley, marketing director(Image: Katie Pugh)
Manager Magda Lauland, 24, said: “We opened informally last Thursday and it’s been really busy, which is great.
“We’ve had a few former customers in as well, who used to drink here before it closed.
“When we moved in it was like a building site, and it’s taken two months of solid work to get it back to how we want it.”
Most of the pub’s original features have been sympathetically restored, creating a cosy atmosphere, but it has also been brought into the modern era.
Adam Arnold behind the listed bar (Image: Katie Pugh)
With shuffle boards and pool tables, there is also a large screen in the back room to watch Sky Sports, and local eatery Voodoo burger will be serving their food from Friday.
Nick Tyldsley, marketing director for Crafty Little Brewery, said: “The pub’s got such a historic character and we’ve brought in craft ales that will be changing regularly.
“What sets us apart from the other Old Town pubs is we’ll be playing cool music and we want it to be a traditional pub where the younger generation can come and have a drink, as well as the customers who remember it from before.
The pub has been sympathetically restored (Image: Katie Pugh)
“There’s loads of pubs in places like Leeds and Manchester that have created a modern twist with their older buildings, and that’s what we wanted to do here.”
There are rumours a passage under the cellar of the pub leads directly into Ye Olde White Harte in nearby Silver Street, and Magda is the first to admit that there are bumps in the night when it comes to closing up.
“It’s definitely atmospheric when you’re in here on a night closing up”, she said.
“Who knows, we might try and find the passage or hold a psychic night to see what we can find.”
The bar was built in 1904
The pub wants to herald local brewers, with Crafty Little Brewery opening in Brough just 12 months ago, and also stocks Atom and other Yorkshire brands.
“We’ve never done pubs before, so this is really new for us”, said Nick. “We will be holding an official launch night on April 21, and we’re hoping to get some live acoustic music in for the customers.
“The support already has been great, and we want to create another great pub to add to the city’s ale trail.”
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