7th October 2015

New licensees and business partners Yvette Hardy and Paul Miller from Hull are running an open weekend to showcase the changes and introduce themselves and their team of 15 new staff to the town.

Following an appeal to the community to nominate an unsung hero to reopen the pub, Vera Robinson, who volunteers for N.U.R.S.E, (a local charity which fundraises to support Hull & East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust with hospital equipment and other needs), will officially do the honours at a canapé reception on Friday night. And on Saturday, Beverley band, the Violet Sky, will help celebrate the pub’s reopening with a party night.

“We’re old fashioned licensees,” says Paul, “We believe a great local should be at the centre of its community, serving the needs of residents and that’s the role we’d like the Highfield to fulfill. All the staff have been recruited from Beverley, so they’ll be lots of familiar faces though the pub itself is unrecognisable.”

As well as making over the pub’s exterior to help create an attractive approach to the Highfield estate, the pub has been completely redecorated and refurnished inside adding a new kitchen, dining area and a separate sports zone complete with seven screens. “Many of the fittings and furniture have been made specially for the pub and we’ve had about 15 people from Beverley working on the building, so a lot of love and local effort have gone into the Highfield,” says Paul.

Yvette and Paul are putting on a host of activities from quizzes to music nights to appeal to the community and are also launching a “Young at Heart” club running events, trips and get togethers for the over 50’s. “We’ve got 30 members so far and space for more. We had a similar club at our last pub in Hull and it proved very popular and a great way for people to get out, have fun and make new friends,” explains Paul.

The pub’s opening hours have been extended to 10am and a menu of traditional favourites as well as barrista quality coffee will be served throughout the day starting with breakfast.  Ingredients are being sourced from local suppliers and dishes will be prepared and cooked fresh at the Highfield.

The refurbishment is one of the biggest undertaken by Star Pubs & Bars in Yorkshire in 2015. “When we first started work, people were very excited and told us how desperate they were to have a good local pub at the Highfield. The Highfield has had all the investment and TLC it was crying out for, we hope people feel it was worth the wait,” says Paul.