Venue up and running after £150,000 revamp

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A pub in Halifax has undergone a £150,000 transformation and reopened with first-time publican Matt Schofield.

Formerly Bar 11, the new-look Harrison Social, in Harrison Road, is known for its handcrafted cocktails, and has been fitted out with quirky features including reclaimed timber and corrugated iron feature walls, a grandstand cinema-style seating area and a drop pendant light fixture made from old crystal whisky and port decanters.

Matt, who competed in cocktails and mixology before taking numerous roles with drinks giant Diageo, said: “I’ve wanted my own venue for such a long time, and when I was given the chance to take on this pub, I jumped at it.

“It’s the right place, in the right location, and the amount of support and positive feedback we’ve received has been incredible.

“The Harrison Social experience is all about a great environment, great food, and even better drinks.

“We also put a bit of theatre into our serves, to interact with customers and keep things exciting.

“We’re launching a new food offer soon and want our customers to be involved, so we’re planning on a tasting night with the opportunity for participants to vote for what makes the final menu.”

A promotional calendar, which features DJ’s, bands and acoustic singers, will soon be launched, and the pub plans to host a Halloween event based on Mexico’s Day of the Dead celebration.

“There’s a lot more to come.” Matt added,

“The back bar is a stand-out feature, we’ve got a lounge area, booths, poser tables and stools, and we’ve also built a weathered-looking wooden bar with bottle lockers, so customers can buy and store their own bottles of spirits.”

Regional manager for Enterprise Inns, who own the pub, Dominic Doran said: “We’ve invested lots of time and money in this pub to ensure we get the look, offer and publican right.

“It’s an exciting addition to the local area, and is going down extremely well with a huge range of visitors.”