The award winning Broadoak Hotel in Ashton-Under-Lyne has re-opened its doors to the public following £84,000 refurbishment.
No stranger to the trade, landlord Robert Frost is the second generation of the Frost family to run the historic hotel and only the third licensee in the pub’s history.
“When my father took over the Broadoak as landlord, I was 15 years old,” recalls Robert. “Since that time, my family have always worked side by side with Robinsons Brewery.”
The Broadoak joined the Robinsons estate in 1939 when it was built by former Robinsons’ Chairman – Sir John Robinson. Since then, the hotel has been a firm favourite with celebrities and locals alike and even hosted the first ever ‘BBC Gardeners’ Question Time’. The programme was broadcast from the ‘Singing Room’ of the hotel on 9th April 1947 and to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the programme in 2012, the BBC returned to the Broadoak for another broadcast.
“We’ve had Sir Patrick Moore come through our doors to stay with us whilst he was filming ‘The Sky at Night’ for the BBC,” recalls Robert, “we were also Bill Tarmey’s (Jack Duckworth – Coronation Street) local.”
Before undergoing the transformation, the vision for the Broadoak was to introduce a relaxed and informal drinking and dining area. To achieve this, designers replaced the back bar and opened the dining room up to give greater access to the bar and lounge areas.
The new design uses a palette of neutral greens and browns along with original metalwork chandeliers and wooden beams – a contemporary and modern design but one which complements the rich heritage of the hotel.
Tom Machin, Robinsons’ Business Development Manager, commented: “The bar area was looking a little tired before the revamp. After speaking to Robert and his team we all agreed that the Broadoak deserved to be brought up to date.”
Following a consultation period it was agreed that the refurbishment would be jointly funded by both Robert and Robinsons as an investment for the future of this iconic establishment.
“I’ve always got along great with Robert and his team,” stated Tom. “It’s a great pleasure working with him. The new investment into the Broadoak will ensure that this great pub is the centre of attention for many years to come.”
Speaking on his long standing relationship with the Cheshire family brewers, Robert said: “Whenever we’ve wanted to do anything we have always been supported 100% by Robinsons. We work very well together and I look forward to continuing my relationship with them for many years to come.”
Robert, his wife Teresa, and all the staff at the Broadoak Hotel would like to invite customers old and new to join them at the newly refurbished Broadoak Hotel.