Melton’s newest pub is open for business and the owners have praised fellow traders for the welcome they have been given to the town.
BeerHeadZ began serving customers yesterday (Thursday) at their premises in King Street and staff expect a very busy day today with hundreds of people set to attend the first day of the Victorian Christmas Fayre and tonight’s annual switch-on of the festive lights.
The micropub company, which also has outlets in Grantham, Nottingham, Lincoln and Retford, sells beers from new and innovative breweries.
Director Phil Ayling told the Melton Times: “We had a steady stream of customers yesterday but hopefully we will be very busy today.
“The other traders in King Street have just been so embracing and welcoming to us.
“Nigel Keep at the coffee shop over the road has been an absolute star, bringing teas and coffees for our workmen as they worked to get the building ready this week.”
BeerHeadZ is based at 7 King Street, a former 14th century manor house, and one of the town’s oldest buildings. The structure of the property, which was lattery a toy shop, has been renovated by owners, Melton Council, but more work needs to be done to bring the interior up to scratch.
Mr Ayling said: “It’s an amazing building but there is still a lot of work which needs doing inside.
“In a few months it will look really excellent.
“In the summer months we are hoping to have bands playing outside and maybe a few barbecues.
“This is the most complete pub site we have because we’ve not always had a beer garden available outside the main building.
“We are hopeful we will do really well here.”
Melton Council, after thoroughly surveying the property, decided to carry out a complete renovation of the Grade 2 listed building from the ground up in order to preserve it as an important historical town asset.
Bonsers Ltd were engaged as the main contractor to carry out the £83,000 restoration works needed to restore it to it’s former glory and make it fit for purpose.
BeerHeadz used some of the council’s local contractors, such as P&S contracts Ltd and ION Electrical, to enable its business to operate there.
Council leader Joe Orson said: “Melton Borough Council have gone to great lengths to restore this building of significant historical value and save it from going to ruin.
“The building is now back to being fit for purpose and has a fantastic new business residing inside it which only enhances the area even more.
“Preserving our historical assets and developing a thriving town centre are essential components of our Corporate Delivery Plan and Melton Local Plan.
“This renovation has brought a new business into the area and created jobs whilst also enhancing our offering as the Rural Capital of Food and it’s something that we are incredibly proud of.”
7 King Street is a timber-framed building dating back to 1301 AD and in the 1500s was known as the manor of ‘John Mowbray’.
The Hipped roof is of particular interest, with a 14th century Crown Post Roof Frame which is one of only three in the country.
Restoring the property was a delicate process, with the building being stripped back to its original oak frame structure and rebuilt with traditional methods and materials.