One of Huddersfield’s best-known pubs, The Plumbers Arms, is to re-open on Thursday after an extensive restoration.

Businessman, Mark Robertson, who bought the pub situated just yards from Huddersfield Bus Station on July 24 last year, has spent tens of thousands of pounds gutting the three-storey building.

The pub’s interior was stripped back to to its original red brick finish and the exterior was given a desperately-needed resurfacing and bold new signage.

Originally he had hoped to open before Christmas but on the last day of 2015 he bought the building next door, which had been the offices of solicitors Armitage Sykes for several years.

Plumbers Arms on McAuley Street, Huddersfield prepares to re open.

His plan now is to let four rooms above the Macaulay Street pub to university students and another nine rooms in the complex are to be offered as Bed and Breakfast accommodation.

An application has also been made to Kirklees Council for the ground floor of the former Armitage Sykes building to become a wine bar – something which Mark believes the town centre sorely needs.

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Mark, who also owns The Waterloo pub and the Wagon and Horses at Outlane, said: “It’s a big relief that The Plumbers is going to reopen. It was a big job. It had not been touched for 40 years.

“It will be a proper real ale pub with eight cask ales, real cider and a selection of craft beers.

“The idea is to give the pub a rustic feel with authentic brickwork and I’m ecstatic that it’s finally opening.

“We will be having tables out the front and there is a decent-sized beer garden at the rear.

“I’ve also put in an application to create an upmarket wine bar. The plans are in so it’s quite an exciting time.

“Ultimately we will be offering food in the pub and once the Bed and Breakfast starts we will be offering breakfast to non-residents too.”

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The pub will be managed by Alan Graham, who has extensive experience in running pubs in the Brighton area.

He said: “I’m really looking forward to opening on Thursday, it’s been a long wait.”

Popular Croppers Arms barmaid, Amanda Bottomley, will be joining him on the bar staff as his deputy.