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Nags Head at Ainley Top reopens after £500,000 refurbishment

Its carvery has been cut

Six new jobs have been created following a £500,000 refurbishment of one of Huddersfield’s best-loved pubs, The Nags Head at Ainley Top.

Vintage Inns will reopen the New Hey Road hostelry tomorrow following a four week closure.

As part of the refurbishment the Nags has gone upmarket and to differentiate itself from its sister restaurant, the nearby Toby Carvery, it has lost its popular carvery.

Much of the refurbishment has gone on behind the scenes and the Examiner was given a glimpse of what had been achieved earlier this week.

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The kitchen has been given a root and branch makeover while the impressive ivy, which dates from 1922 - when then landlord Sam Clough bedded four ivy plants along the pub’s frontage, has been given a much-needed trim.

The loss of the carvery means the pub has been able to add several more dining tables and chairs in the barn area.

Earlier plans to add a further public entrance into that area were ditched as it would have meant three entrances into the pub which was thought by general manager, Sam Wilkinson, to be one too many.

General manager Sam said: “We’re very excited to be opening a new Vintage Inn in Huddersfield. Following the refurbishment the pub looks fantastic and has been given a new lease of life.”

Vintage Inns says diners will have plenty to look forward to at the new look Nags Head which has also been extensively ‘resigned’.

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A spokeswoman added: “We will be showcasing an exciting new seasonal menu which offers a selection of tempting ‘reimagined classics’, including a premium wagyu burger in a brioche bun, alongside creative fish dishes and salads.”

The pub has been refurbished as part of national pub chain Mitchells & Butlers’ acquisition of 173 Orchid sites in 2014.

It is worth considerably more today than in 1922 when Mr Clough’s £1,000 bid succeeded at a town centre auction.



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