Couple’s grand designs for The Diggle

AN HISTORIC public house at the heart of a community is set to gain a fresh lease of life as its new landlords plan exciting refurbishments and events.

PRIDE OF PLACE: Angie's mirror is back where it belongs
PRIDE OF PLACE: Angie’s mirror is back where it belongs

The Diggle Hotel, which dates back to 1525, has been taken over by Angie and Billy from the Cross Keys, in Uppermill, who will be in charge of both inns temporarily.

While Billy continues to welcome customers at the Cross Keys, which the duo has run for almost three years, Angie will develop their new premises and already has a vision in mind.

“We want to give it a country feel, and make it nice and homely with coal fires,” she said.

“We will do it up gradually and I’ve got lots of ideas for getting the place to feel and look how it should do. We are excited and really looking forward to it.

COMFY: One of the DIggle's four bedrooms
COMFY: One of the DIggle’s four bedrooms

“Many of our Cross Keys regulars came to support us on our first weekend here but we are still looking after them over there too.”

An Opening Event will be held at The Diggle Hotel, which is in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide, on Sunday, May 26 for the new proprietors to officially mark their takeover.

Their refurbishment plans include installing a wooden panelled bar and adding more tables and seating, to be completed by next Christmas.

And in pride in place behind the bar will be Angie’s beloved mirror engraved with ‘Reilly’s Bar’, which she first hung in the Granby Arms in Uppermill almost two decades ago.

“We were out of the pubs for ten years, but the mirror has always come with us and I said it would go back up one day and now it is back where it belongs,” said Angie.

The experienced landlady, who was trained at the Midland Hotel in Manchester, also has regular events and offers lined up to attract the community.

Quiz nights on Thursdays, as well as a monthly fundraising event, will keep the locals guessing, and special curry or steak nights will be introduced.

The hotel also hosts monthly brass band nights and is already signed up to be part of the annual Diggles Blues festival in June.

Peckish visitors will be able to tuck into homemade food, including traditional pies and puddings, served daily and with OAP Specials throughout the week.

There is an appetising drinks menu to match, featuring regular ales Millstones Brewery Tiger Rut, Copper Dragon, and Black Sheep as well as guest beers.

And to round off a visit, the hotel offers four bedrooms – a double, a family room and two twins – to give weary customers a perfect night’s rest.

The Diggle Hotel is open 11am-11.30pm on weekdays, and until 12midight on Saturdays and Sundays. Food is served 12noon-8.30pm on weekdays and Saturdays, and 12noon-7.30pm on Sundays. OAP Specials are served Monday-Friday 12noon-2.30pm. To find out more contact Angie, Billy and her team on 01457 872741 and look out for their brand new website and Facebook page.

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