Country pub to reopen soon

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An exciting £1 million investment will bring back into use The Fleece at Ripponden Bank, Barkisland.

It was bought by the Blue Moon Pub Company in February which was later granted planning permission for a single storey function room extension and sun terrace.

The new Fleece Countryside Inn will create 50 full and part-time jobs and is scheduled to open late November.

Despite the recession the company has been flourishing and transformed The Turnpike Inn at Rishworth which was sold to last August to brewer JW Lees & Co.

It also runs the Malthouse, Rishworth, The Milestone, Ripponden, and the Sun Inn, Lightcliffe.

The Fleece function room will seat 100 and will also be a new wedding reception venue.