The legacy of Graham Hall - the developer behind Bradford's Sunbridgewells - is set to continue as his sister takes on the main bar.

Wallers Brewery will reopen on Thursday, July 20, under the management of Karen Hall and her partner Rebecca Dakin.

It is a poignant move for Karen, who described feeling honoured to carry on her brother's work.

It comes after Graham’s son, Harry Hall, unveiled his vision as the new owner of Sunbridgewells.


Karen says she plans to bring live music performances back to Wallers Bar every Friday and Saturday nights. If this proves popular, the couple may add further live music at the site on Thursdays and Sundays.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Wallers Bar at SunbridgewellsWallers Bar at Sunbridgewells (Image: Newsquest, Mike Simmonds)

Karen, who will continue working as a practice manager at two dentists in the Bradford district, said: “It’s an honour to take on the pub. Wallers Brewery is the heart of Sunbridgewells.

“People have said Graham’s legacy will live on. People who came in here on a day-to-day basis can share their stories about him. We want to keep it alive for him.

“He designed it for the people to come in and have a look around.

“We want to help keep his memory alive and make it as successful as when it started.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Wallers Bar at SunbridgewellsWallers Bar at Sunbridgewells (Image: Newsquest, Mike Simmonds)

“We want to bring music back to Wallers Brewery. Live music is a big thing in the industry at the moment. The customers like to hear bands. We want to bring live musicians in.

“Live music is definitely something missing locally. It is a lovely venue to come.”

Sunbridgewells is home to restaurants La Caverna Pizzeria and KoKo Bay Caribbean Restaurant, The Coffee Booth and Bar, The Rose and Crown pub, as well as the Not Guilty bar, Wallers Brewery and The HideOut.

Two new bars, Enigma Lounge and Mr Paul's Bar, are also set to open very soon.

Karen said: "There will be no cask drinks available at the bar for this weekend only, instead bottled drinks will be served.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Entrance to SunbridgewellsEntrance to Sunbridgewells (Image: Newsquest, Mike Simmonds)

Harry said his father’s legacy will now continue after Karen took on the lease for Wallers Bar.

Sunbridgewells was officially opened by the Princess Royal, Princess Anne, in June 2017 after it opened to the public the previous December.

Wallers Brewery will be open seven days a week, from 11am each day and close at midnight Sundays to Thursdays and close at 2am on Fridays and Saturdays.