Lion roars again after a £400,000 revamp

Chairman of Hebden Bridge Business Association Duncan McKie at the re-opening of the White Lion in Hebden Bridge
Chairman of Hebden Bridge Business Association Duncan McKie at the re-opening of the White Lion in Hebden Bridge
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MAJOR refurbishment work on a historic pub was celebrated with a reopening party.

Around £400,000 has been spent transforming the 17th century White Lion Hotel in Hebden Bridge.

Hebden Royd town crier Les Cutts rang out the old and rung in the new when he officially reopened the pub in Bridge Gate, which is one of the oldest buildings in the town and has undergone a complete new makeover.

New owner Michael Grimes said: “The ambition is to create a great classic pub and a pub that will hopefully be used as it should - as a meeting and social place for the community.”

Mr Grimes said the opening night was “absolutely fantastic.”

“We have been overwhelmed with the support and kind words we have had from the people of Hebden Bridge.

“It was particularly nice to receive the comments that the Lion was now at a standard they wanted see. I just hope we can fulfil peoples’ expectations.”

The opening was also attended by the Mayor of Calderdale Nader Fekri, a Hebden Royd town councillor.

The building, which dates back to 1657, has undergone extensive works including changes to the frontages, new signage and lighting.

There’s been alterations to all ground floor areas, external courtyard seating arrangements, and transforming the main building bedrooms into a boutique hotel theme complete with Victorian style roll-top baths.

Further works have also being undertaken to the 50 capacity function room, and the four courtyard cottages.