Winterburn back open after refurbishment

Licensees David and Eileen Stephan
Licensees David and Eileen Stephan

The Winterburn pub in Halifax revealed a brand new look at its re-opening following a joint £95,000 investment with award-winning Lancashire brewer Daniel Thwaites.

Licensees David and Eileen Stephan spearheaded the revamp of the pub, located on Winterburn Lane in Warley, which saw a total overhaul including an extended bar area and an oak panelled dining room.

The pub was closed from October 31 to allow the work to take place, and re-opened on November 14.

David said: “With what we have done to the pub, we feel like we have brought it full circle.

“It used to be a local pub that served food and we felt that recent incarnations have moved away from that.

“We’re now really proud to be the custodians of a traditional pub that serves great, locally grown and homemade food all whilst being at the heart of the Halifax community.”

The Winterburn is the second pub that David and Eileen run within the Daniel Thwaites pub estate, and follows on from the huge success of The Manor House in Otley.

David said “We loved what we achieved with The Manor House in creating the first Yorkshire/Irish pub in the area and so we really wanted to bring an element of that to Halifax.

“We also wanted to let the locals rediscover their town’s heritage and they can do that by looking at all of the new pictures that we have hanging on the wall, nearly all of them are from the turn of the last century.

“Our regulars have been calling it the new museum!”

Andrew Buchanan, director of pub operations for Thwaites, who were founded in 1807 and own an estate of nearly 300 pubs, commented: “David and Eileen have done a fantastic job in totally revitalising The Winterburn.

“Their attention to detail is proof of just how much they love their pubs and being part of the Thwaites family.

“We’re really pleased to carry on this great partnership between Thwaites and the Stephans.”