A popular pub and restaurant hit by the Boxing Day floods has lost its battle to re-open for the New Year celebrations.

The Old Mill in Wakefield Road between Cooper Bridge and Brighouse had hoped to complete the clean up for New Year’s Eve when 180 diners were booked in.

But the thick coating of mud left behind by the floodwaters proved too much despite cleansing teams working night and day.

READ MORE: Morrisons pledges £100,000 to help Yorkshire and other communities hit by floods

The pub’s general manager Ian Brown said the cellar had been wrecked and would need a complete refit.

Equipment alone would cost around £20,000 and the pub had lost a combined £11,000 in wet stock and food.

The pub’s boiler had also been damaged and though hot water was back, heating was still a problem. Portable heaters would be needed.

Mr Brown said a food delivery was due on Saturday assuming the pub could re-open on Sunday.

READ MORE: The Old Mill in Brighouse faces race against time to re-open for New Year's Eve

It may be that only bottled drinks could be served though at least the pub would be able to trade.

“It’s going to be cobbled together but at least we should be able to serve and make a bit of money which is what it’s all about,” he said.

The flood was the third in the last month and Mr Brown said the future of the business was still in doubt.

There was due to be a major refurbishment at the back end of January but that may be brought forward or postponed.

The pub is owned by Greene King and Mr Brown said: “When people start back after the holidays there will be a discussion about what will happen to the site, whether we can build enhanced defences or whether or not the place remains viable.”

The pub employs 25 full and part-time staff and Mr Brown said: “I feel for the staff. These are tough and uncertain times and they don’t know whether they need to start looking for another job.”

Mr Brown is keeping an eye on the weather forecast and fears another flood. “Anything can happen,” he said.