THE Bull’s Head at Ranmoor is the latest in a string of pubs to be given a new lease of life by fast-growing South Yorkshire chain WL Leisure.
The Bull’s Head – which reopens tomorrow (Friday) – follows hot on the heels of The Ecclesall (formerly the Pomona), the Millhouses in Abbeydale Road and the Barrel at Chapeltown.
Work is already under way on the next in the group, the Fleur de Lys in Totley, due to open in the new year.
WL Leisure, which has teamed up with Enterprise Inns to launch the venture, is proud of its record of new openings, bucking the trend of pub closures nationwide.
Operations manager Simon Argall said: “The Bull’s Head and our other pubs are exciting developments at a time when we are seeing so many pubs closing down. We firmly believe we have the right team and concept to ensure it is firm favourite with locals, as it once was.”
Mike Harrison, regional manager for Enterprise Inns, said: “The Bulls Head is in a great location and will offer a fantastic selection of food and drink to satisfy every taste.”
The pub first opened in 1851 as the Highland Laddie but changed its name to the Bull’s Head in 1866.
The place has made its mark in various ways over the years: its first landlord, Jonathan Swann, was renowned for manufacturing saw handles during quiet moments behind the bar.
More recently it won a place in the Guinness Book of World Records after being the 40,000th ale house visited by record-breaking pub visitor Bruce Masters.
New landlords, Chris and Gill Naylor, will be hosting a VIP reception tonight, when locals will have a chance to look round before tomorrow’s grand opening.
Real ales, wines, bottled beers and soft drinks will be on offer, with a new menu which specialises in ‘Yorkshire tapas’ as well as traditional pub favourites.