Emmerdale‘s The Woolpack has been saved after interim pub management specialists Winterhill Leisure reopened the famous pub following its closure in July.
The Esholt pub, used in ITV‘s long-running soap Emmerdale until 11-years ago when producers moved filming to a new location, had struggled to survive under previous management. The previous licensees Nichola and Richard McGrath quit the pub four years into a 10-year lease because, despite strong summer business, winter trade was very slow.
Winterhill Leisure, which specialises in managing distressed pub businesses and recruiting tenants and managers, has negotiated a deal that sees local husband and wife David and Laura Parry reopen the well-known pub.
James Waddington, Esholt resident and Winterhill director, had opened discussions with Enterprise Inns who owned the building, to establish whether the pub was still a viable business.
"The Woolpack is a great character local within a thriving community and is just the kind of business we run for breweries all over the country. As one of Britain's best loved pubs, its fame could also lead to potential additional tourist income," said Waddington.
Three months after the pub's closure, Winterhill has invested in décor, catering, equipment and stock, The Woolpack has reopened and is trading profitably.
By Janie Stamford
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