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Woolpack pub at Esholt gets £50,000 make-over
8:00am Friday 16th August 2013 in News
A landmark pub, and the second-oldest pub on television, has been given a make-over.
The Woolpack, in Esholt, was used as the exterior of Emmerdale’s pub for more than 20 years and tourists continue to visit.
The pub was taken over by Glenn and Caroline Royston in March and has undergone a £50,000 refurbishment. Restored to its traditional country inn look, it has original beams, open fires and a flagstone floor. A former stable is a restaurant area.
Framed photographs of Emmerdale cast members, past and present, adorn the walls.
Head chef Clair Thrippleton grew up in the village and first worked in the pub kitchen 20 years ago, when Emmerdale was filmed there.
“It was always busy, with tourists turning up and cast and crew coming in,” she said. “We get a mix of people in now. In a country pub like this, people expect good, home-cooked traditional food and that’s what we focus on.”