Acorn Brewery to reopen ancient pub.

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PLANS have been unveiled to reopen one of the oldest pubs in Barnsley.

PLANS have been unveiled to reopen one of the oldest pubs in Barnsley.

Award-winning brewer Dave Hughes and his wife Judi, of Acorn Brewery, have invested £180,000 to re-open the 18th century Old Number 7 in Market Hill as a ‘Mecca’ for craft ales.

The Grade 2 listed building was first licensed in 1925. Also known as ‘Carters’, more recently it served as a music venue, but was closed earlier this year by Enterprise Inns.

The Old Number 7 will showcase the Wombwell brewer’s championship cask-ales alongside guest beers from regional craft brewers and continental lagers.

The pub should reopen in August following refurbishment work to restore several original features.

The solid wooden bar will display at least eight hand pumps. A basement bar will accommodate private functions and wine and beer tasting sessions.

The scheme will provide six jobs.

Dave said: “We see the pub being a craft ale Mecca – a destination venue where people can enjoy a wide selection of ales and continental lagers.”