Scrubland next to Honley pub to be transformed into beer garden in time for Tour de France

£25,000 three-tier beer garden project received Kirklees go-ahead in September

Grahame and Sue Nutt, landlords of Jacobs Well, Honley, who are turning wasteland into a beer garden in time for the Tour de France.

Scrubland next to a Honley pub is to be transformed into a beer garden in time for the Tour de France’s arrival on Sunday July 6.

Jacob’s Well landlord Grahame Nutt and brewery Thwaites, will turn the wasteland, off Woodhead Road, into a £25,000 three-tiered outdoor drinking area.

The 900 sq m ‘eco-friendly’ area will include a turfed garden with plants design to attract bees and butterflies.

Grahame, 55, who runs the pub with his wife Sue, said: “The Tour de France has already whipped up a real carnival spirit in Yorkshire and when we heard that the route would pass literally outside the pub’s front door we knew the time was right to start work on a new outdoor drinking area.

“We’re really pleased that Thwaites has decided to part-fund this with us and we’re focussing on making sure that it is open in time for the festivities.

“We’re planning on having a grand opening in May, and a ticketed event on July 6 in which some of the proceeds will go to Yorkshire Air Ambulance, a cause that is very close to our hearts.”

Kirklees Councillors approved the plan in September despite 20 objections from neighbours concerned about noise, loss of privacy and light pollution.

Passing the plan councillors ordered privacy screening and restricted outdoor access to 9pm, Monday to Sunday.

Andrew Buchanan, director of pub operations at Thwaites, said: “Grahame is a very astute businessman, not to mention a hugely talented publican, so when he approached us with a view to getting the beer garden ready for July, we knew we had to invest.

“The Tour de France is a huge good news story for Yorkshire, which will benefit hundreds of businesses across the region – we’re delighted to be using it as an opportunity to invest in our pub estate and can’t wait for the world’s media to arrive in Holmfirth.”

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