The Fleece rises from the ashes

The Fleece in Addingham has reopened to rave reviews after being closed since September 2015 when the Grade-two listed building suffered significant damage in a fire.

Now run by the award-winning Seafood Pub Company, who have crossed over the Lancashire-Yorkshire border for the first time, the venue has undergone an £1.2 million redevelopment programme, giving it a new lease of life.

A traditional Yorkshire bar is now complemented by a first-floor Gin and Champagne bar and contemporary function and dining rooms. Old meets new in the characterful venue with breath-taking high beams, traditional stone fittings, bronze bars and some signature Seafood Pub Company finishing touches.

“We have been so excited to open the doors to The Fleece; anticipation has been really high amongst locals,” said Seafood Pub Company managing director Joycelyn Neve.

“The village has been without the heartbeat of its community for so long and it has been really encouraging to receive so many well wishes from local businesses and individuals who have been eagerly anticipating the venue reopening.

“The feedback we have had so far from previous regulars and new customers alike has been fantastic and we are really looking forward to The Fleece once again becoming an integral part of life in Addingham.”

Local businesses and community groups were given the chance to see the new interior of The Fleece and enjoy samples of the new menu, which includes satay spiced hake baked in a clay pot with coconut and lime dressing, papaya-chilli salad and steamed rice, peppered tuna steak with creamed spinach and Parmesan fries and slow roast pork belly with a little pork, apple and Wensleydale pie, mash potato and sage and onion sauce, at a special launch event.

Addingham scout leader Maz Jennings was particularly pleased to see a recognisable face at the helm of the newly refurbished venue.

She said: “Tom Taylor-Parker came to my scouts group when he was a boy and it was fantastic to see him again and doing a fantastic job here. The pub looks fantastic and we wish the Seafood Pub Company every success in the village.”