10:56am Monday 30th June 2014
By Ian Ross
BOSTOCK Green Village Social Club is to enjoy a new lease of life as a pub restaurant which has been named in memory of a well-known local family.
Tatton Estate Management has granted a new 50-year lease to Brunning and Price, part of The Restaurant Group (UK), for the Hayhurst Arms, formerly the social club, which closed in December 2012.
The pub restaurant’s name pays tribute to a family who lived in the nearby Bostock Hall and created the village, in particular during the 1870s under Canon France-Hayhurst and Colonel France-Hayhurst, who made major additions and improvements to Bostock Green village, and at the end of the 20th century under Dinah France-Hayhurst, who helped many local causes.
Originally established in 1845 as the Reading Room, the building has always been at the heart of Bostock Green, a very well-preserved example of a model Georgian and Victorian estate village which has survived virtually unchanged since the late 19th century.
By 1914 it had become Bostock Working Men’s Club and Parish Rooms, and today sits amidst all the original buildings, including the Bowling Green Pavilion, The Smithy and Pump Shelter.
The village today is benefiting from major new investment under the ownership and management of the Tatton Estate.
“This is another fantastic addition to Bostock Green and a tremendous asset to the community and the surrounding area,” said Tatton Estate property manager James McCain.
“Our recent investment in bringing a Tilly Tots nursery school to the village, along with Brunner and Price’s extensive experience of developing quality country pubs, ensures that village life will thrive.”
Graham Price, founding partner of Brunning and Price, said the company was delighted to have been given the opportunity to take on the social club and “breathe new life into a very charming property”.
“The Tatton Estate recognised our experience and expertise in creating characterful country pubs, and we are confident the Hayhurst Arms will be somewhere local people will be proud of,” he said.
“Bostock Green is an idyllic village, and we hope very much that the pub will become an integral part of community life.”
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