“The pub is rich in history” explains Gill. “It’s the oldest pub in the village and has been used as a community hub for centuries. Back in the day, ‘The Pal’, as our locals call it, was the place where the postman dropped off most of Hadfield’s mail so it’s always been very central to life in Hadfield.”
The four week refurbishment marked the first time in over one hundred and fifty years that the pub had been closed for an extended period. Robinsons’ award-winning design team quickly got to work with a plan to incorporate the pub’s rich heritage into a new bespoke design.
The pub was completely stripped with room partitions removed to allow better flow throughout and original features like the timber panelling were lovingly restored by Robinsons’ property team to their original oak colour.
A new handcrafted bar top, vintage inspired, has been installed along with four new copper hand-pulls and back bar unit; deliberately created to ensure that the sweeping views of Longdendale Valley were not obstructed. There are now talking points everywhere including new lighting fixtures, striking external copper signage and there is even a nod to Hadfield’s involvement in the cult BBC comedy The League of Gentleman with the show’s signature ‘Welcome to Royston Vasey. You’ll Never Leave’ sign hanging within the bar area.
Gill said: “Initially I was very nervous about the refurbishment plans but the design team’s little touches such as keeping the pub’s historic bell box panel - once used to summon staff to deliver drinks from anywhere in the pub – soon put me at ease. The design really shows the contrast of where we’ve been, where we are now and where we are going. It’s given the pub a new lease of life. I want to thank everyone at Robinsons and Ark Construction for their hard work!”
“The results speak for themselves” said Alan Chapman, Business Development Manager for Robinsons Brewery. “Gill has been a loyal Robinsons licensee since 1987 and we wanted to help set her up for the next chapter in The Palatine’s future. With 28 years under her belt, she is one of our longest serving licensees and we have no doubt that the pub will continue to flourish for many years to come.”
The Palatine is open now showing live sport and serving a rotating range of Robinsons award-winning cask ales.
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