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Old White Horse Inn at Bingley to reopen with tapas theme
A business leader hopes an entrepreneur’s plans to fuse Yorkshire and Spanish fayre will boost a “forgotten” part of a town centre.
Entrepreneur Dean Loynes and Sarah Boocock took on the lease for the Old White Horse Inn, Bingley, owned by Enterprise Inns in August.
They plan to re-open it as the El Caballo Blanco – Spanish for ‘the white horse’ – tapas bar and restaurant on Friday, October 18.
Mr Loynes opened the pub for three weeks in the summer to tell customers about his plans and said the reaction was positive.
He said: “When I said we were taking on the White Horse people said ‘You’re having a laugh’. But when we told them what we’re doing with it, people said ‘You’ve got a chance’.”
Influenced by Mr Loynes’ love of Spanish cuisine and Bradford roots, the restaurant will serve Spanish and Yorkshire tapas, as well as having a bar.
“It’s still going to be a bar, but with no jukebox or televisions. We want people to come and enjoy themselves,” he said.
The pub, which had been closed for about four months, has undergone a £100,000 restoration.
Sheffield chef James Burkin, who has worked across Britain and in Spain, Canada, France and Dubai, will head up the kitchen team.
Honorary president of Bingley Chamber of Trade and Commerce, Howard Martin, said the pub building was iconic in that area of town.
He said: “When I was at the end of my school days it was always a hive of activity and a really buzzing pub. All credit to them for having another go and trying to make it a little bit different with a tapas bar.”
The pub was originally built as a coaching inn in the mid-17th century and is Grade II listed.
Chairman of the Bradford branch of the Campaign for Real Ale, David Boothroyd, said he was pleased to see the pub reopening, even if would not be running purely as a pub.
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