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Licensee Nicholas is happy with the new refurbishment at the Old Pack Horse, Chapel-en-le-Frith
Licensee Nicholas is happy with the new refurbishment at the Old Pack Horse

Following a five week investment project from Robinsons Brewery, The Old Pack Horse in Chapel-en-le-Frith has finally revealed their new look to their most important critics… the customers.

The pub is located within a conservation area in Chapel-en-le-Frith.  Thus, Robinsons award winning Property Design Team were challenged to improve the space available for drinkers, deliver a fresh updated look, and create a more female friendly environment, whilst staying true to the pub’s character, heritage and location.

Licensee Sharon Ratcliffe commented: “The Old Pack Horse was slightly run down, tired and a bit on the shabby side. It was a very male orientated boozer, desperately in need a touch of TLC.

Robinsons worked hand in hand with Licensees Nicholas and Sharon Ratcliffe to create a scheme that was ‘just right’ for the pub: “Part of the brief was to retain a rustic country feel as well as making the pub more female friendly,” commented Alan Chapman, Business Development Manager for Robinsons.

An internal image of the newly refurbished interior design
An internal image of the newly refurbished interior design

The pub needed sensitive structural alterations; enabling the bar to become the new focal point and bringing the previously remote rooms, into the heart of the pub. To create that all-important relaxed and welcoming pub atmosphere, earthy tones were applied alongside the dispersion of heavily patterned wallpaper. To complement the new colour scheme, new lighting has been installed throughout to produce the perfect ‘mood lighting’. Two fireplaces have been restored back to their former glory; particularly welcoming at this time of year. We hope The ‘New’ Old Pack Horse offers the space, setting and extended drinks range that customers will want to enjoy again and again.

Licensee Nicholas Ratcliffe commented: “Since the revamp, the pub is beyond recognition and beautifully furnished. Not only has the refurbishment attracted new customers, I am pleased to say our old regulars still feel equally at home. The Old Pack Horse still offers same charm and character that it’s known and loved for.

An internal image of the newly refurbished bar area
An internal image of the newly refurbished bar area

Concluding, Nicholas gave praise to the pub design team. “It’s like the TARDIS Police Box from Doctor Who. The space is deceptive. The room has really been opened out yet there’s still plenty of nice quiet corners hidden away. I feel like I work in one of the prettiest pubs in all of Chapel-en-le-Frith.

The Old Pack Horse is now open and serving award winning Robinsons cask ales daily. For more information, contact the pub on 01298 812135, Facebook or their website

See the full gallery of the new and improved look Old Pack Horse on Flickr.

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