New direction at the Junction Inn

IT IS all change at landmark Saddleworth Pub with new team and massive investment.

The Junction at Denshaw has undergone a complete makeover following the arrival of new licensees Barrie and Christina Evans. Who have managed and developed numerous award winning pubs across the North of England.

Supported by family brewery, JW Lees, the experienced operators have also led a full development of the pub with the interior, kitchen and customer offer receiving a complete makeover.

The vision of the pub is to return it as a focal point of the community by improving the food offer and bringing back bags of rustic charm.

The tap room and lounge have been removed and the pub has been opened out creating a more welcoming space.

At the heart of the room is the bar built out of reclaimed wood and fittings. There are plenty of interesting pieces of high quality salvaged furniture to sit on too, as well as new booth seating.

More comfortable seating and tables have been introduced to make the pub as good for a spot to stop for a bite to eat as to grab a drink with friends.

The introduction of three new menus, and improvements to the kitchen are all part of the focus on food too.

Barrie said: “We’ve lived locally in the past and always liked the area and were fond of the Junction Inn.

“Once we knew there was some support from the brewery to develop the pub we thought it was an ideal next step.

Christina added: “I have worked in the industry for 30 years and we hope our experience and passion for food and drink will be what the locals and regulars are looking for.

“Customers can expect traditional pub food, done to a high standard in a warm and welcoming rural pub.”

The development has created new positions in the pub, two new full-time positions and seven, part time positions with a mix of kitchen and front of house roles.

The Junction is a traditional pub restaurant full of rustic charm. The pub has been decked out in solid wood and tiled floors to make it rambler and dog friendly.

The bar offers a range of premium cask ales, lagers, wines and spirits. Launching with the refurbishment will be three new menus: the Seasonal Menu, Highwayman’s and Chef’s Market Day Menu offering two courses for £10.50 and three courses for £13.50.

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