Joy For Village As Half Moon Is Saved

A historic village pub, which had to shut its doors, has reopened after being rescued by its neighbours.

The Half Moon, in Pool-in-Wharfedale, opened its doors on Thursday May 31 – having been rescued by WharfeBank Brewery.

The local community is celebrating the great news that the pub gas opened its doors again in time for summer

WharfeBank, who also run The Fleece in Otley, is set to ensure The Half Moon becomes a focal point of the village, and plans to work with community groups to ensure it delivers what everyone wants from a village local.

Martin Kellaway, MD of WharfeBank Brewery said: “We’re delighted to have been able to step in and save this pub from closure – only working around the corner I know how much of a part of the local community it is.

“It really is a ‘proper local’ and it would have been criminal for it to just disappear, as so many pubs are doing currently.

“This pub is the centre for people to come together – something that is vital in every village and town and we feel privileged to now be a part of it.”

He adds: “It’s yet to be seen whether the two local ghosts who have apparently been a part of the furniture for years have stayed put – I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.”

To start with there will be a smaller range of locally sourced pub food available- but this is set to grow with an official re-opening celebration in the coming weeks. As the pub finds its feet- it’s just business as usual, except you’ll also be able to enjoy WharfeBank beers of course.

A range of WharfeBank’s real ales, brewed at Pool Business Park will be permanently available, along with lagers, wines, spirits and soft drinks.

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