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Popworld and The Old Halfway House

Written by Roma Publications

Popworld Leeds and The Old Halfway House Horbury

Stonegate Pub Company is the largest privately held managed pub operator in the UK, with revenues in excess of £625 million. The company currently has 692 pubs, split into two divisions Branded, comprising: Slug & Lettuce, Yates, Walkabout, Common Room and venues; and Traditional comprising: Proper Pubs, Town Pub & Kitchen, Classic Inns. They have recently opened Popwold in Leeds and The Old Halfway House in Horbury.



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Opening in May 2017, legendary party venue Popworld opened its doors to the public following a performance from S Club 7 duo Jo and Bradley. Known for championing noughties nostalgia, Popworld has forged a legendary status across the UK for providing memorable nights out filled with fun, laughter and the best pop tunes in town.

Taking over the former Baa Bar site on Cockridge Street, the venue has received over a quarter of a million pounds makeover to make it picture-perfect. Providing customers with the only place in town dedicated to showcasing 90s cheese and party, Popworld will be the place to be for those that want to let their hair down and enjoy the best  soundtrack to a night on the tiles.

Whether it’s the Spice Girls, S Club, Five or Steps that get you into the party mood, visiting Popworld is sure to transform your night into one you’ll remember. What’s more, customers will be able to indulge themselves with a range of offers on cocktails including the sweet-shop inspired Candy Pop, Tin Pop, which comes served from a unique tin can, Swedish jam-jar cocktail Flaska and not forgetting the bar’s famous giant sharing cocktail Partin.

Alan Armstrong, Head of Marketing for Popworld said: “Popworld is one of the most popular clubbing brands in the UK and it was only a matter of time before we brought its colourful personality to Leeds.”


The Old Halfway House


Stonegate – Old Halfway House, Hourbury, Wakefield.
Pictured. Left to right. Louise Durber – Front of house, Claire Hidle – Manager, Jess Sunderland – Chef.
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A wrought iron fire pit, heated beach huts, pretty pergola; twinkling lit with comfy sofas and planting might sound like a fairy-tale magical garden, expect it’s not. It’s part of a very real £300,000 investment that’s created Yorkshire’s best pub garden.

The Old Halfway House, between the vibrant towns of Horbury and Ossett, has been a gem of local Yorkshire life since the 18th century, and now the stone built landmark has had a sympathetic renovation which wowed locals during its opening on Friday 19th May.

The modernised yet homely warmth of the pub is perfect for its seasonal menu inspired by the best of British and Mediterranean whilst the ultra-charming garden really has created a prime destination for families inclusive of brilliant hampers of summer food and wine, smart Wi-Fi, bouncy castle and garden board games.

“The garden is absolutely amazing,” said Manager of four years Claire Hidle. “We’ve created a massive 145 covers with beach huts, sofas and structures where friends can huddle up, toast marshmallows on the huge pit and enjoy all year round.”

There will also be a huge crew of outdoor staff offering table service, a team that has grown by ten to cope with the expected demand of the landscaped masterpiece.

There’s a feel of sunshine in the food: Potted Crab on a layer of Avocado; Jerk Chicken Skewers with Mango & Pineapple Salsa; West County Ham & Pea Terrine with Ploughman’s Pickle; and in the era of social sharing, on trend Antipasti with Mediterranean accompaniments. A premium range of Ploughman’s and Superfood Salad, BBQ Style grills and desserts like Elderflower Syllabub will fulfil most appetites.

The beer has had an overhaul with new craft beers from Samuel Adams and Camden whilst the reputation for local real ales continues with hand pulls from Leeds, Barnsley and of course Ossett; CAMRA members also get 20% discount on pints.

The Old Halfway House is definitely appealing to families. After the grand opening, a family focus event was held inviting young people and old to help create the ‘Memory Tree’ which will be hung in the pub.

The Old Halfway House opens at 9am every day and closes at 11:30pm, Monday – Thursday and Midnight, Friday to Saturday.


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