Refurbished pub is now the jewel in landlady’s crown

Lesley Wood at the Crown Inn, Hebden Bridge, formerly B@r Place.
Lesley Wood at the Crown Inn, Hebden Bridge, formerly B@r Place.

PUNTERS got an early Christmas treat when a popular bar re-opened - six months after it was flooded.

The Crown Inn, formerly known as b@rplace, on Crown Street, Hebden Bridge, opened for business again last Thursday after a £100,000 makeover.

Landlady Lesley Wood thanked customers, staff and the pub’s brewery Admiral Taverns for their support through a difficult time.

“It was good to see the place buzzing again,” she said.
“Everyone has been so supportive and said they missed us.”

The pub was flooded twice during the summer and the clean-up and refurbishment has cost around £120,000 to complete.

It has been a difficult time for Lesley, who also lost her mother around the same time as the floods, and she said she’s looking forward to a more positive 2013, with a new name and identity for the business.

“I decided to change the name because I just wanted a fresh start. Changing the image and brand of the pub is a good way to bring in the New Year,” she said. “We’ve gone more traditional. We wanted a place that was more fitting and in keeping with Hebden Bridge.

“We’re going to push the food trade now. We’ll still have some live entertainment, but on the whole we want to be more of a food venue.”

Lesley said The Crown Inn would also be hosting art exhibitions featuring local artists.

For more information, contact Lesley on 01422 842814 or visit or