A PUB has opened its doors complete with a new look aimed at adding something different to a suburb's social scene.

The former Wibsey Sport and Social Club re-opened as The Garden Shed last Friday after it was revamped by joint owners Kelly Shaw and former Bradford City Football chairman Mark Lawn.

The pair are also working on re-fitting and refurbishing the neighbouring Market Tavern, but that is not set to be open for business until the new year.

Plans has originally been put in place to merge the two buildings, but licensing officials threw out the proposals, forcing the owners to focus on separate projects.

Councillors were also against the merger, with some complaining the new venue would likely create too much noise for local residents, anti-social behaviour and disturbance to those who live nearby.

The Garden Shed has been beset by problems and delays; the building was broken into three times and vandals smashed windows and stole wiring to add time onto the already ambitious project.

The end result, however, is a "chic" venue complete with chandeliers and a Hipster oven fitted to churn out quality pizzas.

Behind the bar is a selection of real ales and gin.

Mrs Shaw, 39, has a wealth of experience running pubs in Bradford from The Junction, in Baildon, to the former Windmill watering hole, in Wibsey.

She said: "We wanted something fresh and different.

"There's nothing else like this around here.

"We decided that Wibsey needed something that was a better venue and we had the tools to do it with both buildings.

"We put the buildings back to their brickwork and started from scratch.

"It has been given a chic look with chandeliers and have changed the kitchen."

The pub opened last Friday and Mrs Shaw says it has received positive reviews online since then.

She added: "We have had some stressful hours with it.

"We spent a lot of money on it and the pub game isn't as good as it used to be, so we have taken a punt and jumped in.

"It has taken a year and a half to get to this point.

"We were broken into three times and they smashed the windows which cost us time because putting them back in was a nightmare.

"Touch wood we are over that now."

The business partners plan to open the revamped Market Tavern in the new year after that project was also hit by delays.

Mrs Shaw remains hopeful it will open to customers in January.