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TV chef is cooking up a storm at village pub
A Wharfedale pub has reopened its doors after a £225,000 makeover.
And the Craven Heifer in Addingham will also have a new chef, in the shape of Tom Rennolds, who finished runner-up in TV’s Masterchef last year.
New landlord, Craig Minto, has taken over the running of the pub, which he already does at The Fleece in the village.
He is now planning to link the two watering holes and create a cookery school at The Fleece, while providing rooms and accommodation for students at the Craven Heifer.
Mr Rennolds will be in charge of a new menu featuring locally-sourced ingredients, while all beers will come from a ten-mile radius of the pub. A range of locally-sourced gins, whiskeys and cask ales from microbrewers will also be served.
Mr Minto has been put in place by Punch Taverns, which owns the Craven Heifer. It has been operating as a Chinese restaurant since it closed as a pub last year.
Mr Minto hopes the refurbishment, which includes exposed beams, an open fireplace and jam jars as light fittings, will be a success.
“The pub is looking great and a lot of effort has been made to ensure it looks different and fresh whilst remaining traditional,” he said.
“By creating lots of smaller dining areas, as opposed to the open-plan space, which looked modern, I think the pub now has a warmer and friendlier atmosphere.
“Where The Fleece specialises in traditional pub grub, The Craven Heifer will serve Yorkshire fayre at the finest quality, using locally-sourced ingredients.
“Our new head chef, Tom Rennolds, is highly skilled, and I have every confidence he can help us reposition The Craven Heifer as a destination food pub.”
The new bedrooms have all been styled around Yorkshire’s most famous residents, from the Captain Cook room with cask iron fittings and a handmade oak bed, to the David Hockney room, which is minimalistic and artistic, with a splash floor-to-ceiling mural.
“The pub is looking fantastic after the investment,” said Punch Taverns’ partnership development manager, Andy Brady.
“It’s great Craig has decided to take on his second pub with Punch, and looking at his popularity within the local community and success for what he has achieved at The Fleece, I’m certain he will do an excellent job.”