Brigantes pub, in Micklegate, York to undergo a major refurbishment

York Press: Brigantes, in Micklegate, York, which is to undergo a major refurbishment Brigantes, in Micklegate, York, which is to undergo a major refurbishment

ONE of York’s most popular pubs is to undergo a major refurbishment and expansion.

Brigantes, in Micklegate, is to extend into the empty property next door, adding a new dining room to increase capacity.

Landlord Kev Jones said the existing part of the pub would also be tidied up and refurbished, but promised the ambience and focus would not change.

He said the shape of the pub’s interior was currently narrow but deep, meaning it could often look more crowded from the street than it was.

He said: “On a Friday or Saturday night, if you are new to York and do not know what we are about, then you may see a big crowd of people round the bar and it will not look the kind of place you could go into for a nice relaxing meal.

“It does not do justice to the quality of the foods the chefs are producing. We want something more complementary for a dining experience.”

Mr Jones said his regulars were generally excited by the plans.

He said: “I tell them we are not going further down the food route and pushing drinkers out. Beers will remain just as important for us.”

As well as the addition of the dining room, the refurbishment will involve an overhaul of the toilets, the installation of a beer display cabinet to better showcase the pub’s bottled range and the addition of new seating.

The building next door, into which Brigantes will expand, was previously Relay Recruitment, but has been empty for over a year.

Brigantes won the best real ale pub category in The Press Pub Awards 2011 and was named pub of the year in 2008 and 2011 by the York branch of the Campaign For Real Ale.

The pub will close on Sunday night for the refurbishment and reopen on Friday, April 19, with a range of specially selected beers and samples from the new menu available.

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8:38am Thu 4 Apr 13

Woody G Mellor says...

Excellent news! Great pub.
Excellent news! Great pub. Woody G Mellor
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8:58am Thu 4 Apr 13

nasrudin says...

Nice beer and great staff, but always lacked atmosphere. Hopefully new decor will fix that.
Nice beer and great staff, but always lacked atmosphere. Hopefully new decor will fix that. nasrudin
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8:58am Thu 4 Apr 13

powerwatt says...

April 19th. Count me in!
April 19th. Count me in! powerwatt
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8:59am Thu 4 Apr 13

MrsHoney says...

I feel an office night out on the cards!!! ;-)
I feel an office night out on the cards!!! ;-) MrsHoney
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11:22am Thu 4 Apr 13

3.8liter says...

nasrudin wrote:
Nice beer and great staff, but always lacked atmosphere. Hopefully new decor will fix that.
Plenty of atmosphere from those stinking toilets, especially the gents!
[quote][p][bold]nasrudin[/bold] wrote: Nice beer and great staff, but always lacked atmosphere. Hopefully new decor will fix that.[/p][/quote]Plenty of atmosphere from those stinking toilets, especially the gents! 3.8liter
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12:05pm Thu 4 Apr 13

YorkPatrol says...

3.8liter wrote:
nasrudin wrote: Nice beer and great staff, but always lacked atmosphere. Hopefully new decor will fix that.
Plenty of atmosphere from those stinking toilets, especially the gents!
The whole place stinks
[quote][p][bold]3.8liter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nasrudin[/bold] wrote: Nice beer and great staff, but always lacked atmosphere. Hopefully new decor will fix that.[/p][/quote]Plenty of atmosphere from those stinking toilets, especially the gents![/p][/quote]The whole place stinks YorkPatrol
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12:43pm Thu 4 Apr 13

Jackanory2 says...

One of Yorks most popular pubs???? Could be, but don't think so.
One of Yorks most popular pubs???? Could be, but don't think so. Jackanory2
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12:46pm Thu 4 Apr 13

nasrudin says...

3.8liter wrote:
nasrudin wrote:
Nice beer and great staff, but always lacked atmosphere. Hopefully new decor will fix that.
Plenty of atmosphere from those stinking toilets, especially the gents!
Oh yeah, I'd forgotten about them. Yes, pretty grotty at the best of times.
[quote][p][bold]3.8liter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nasrudin[/bold] wrote: Nice beer and great staff, but always lacked atmosphere. Hopefully new decor will fix that.[/p][/quote]Plenty of atmosphere from those stinking toilets, especially the gents![/p][/quote]Oh yeah, I'd forgotten about them. Yes, pretty grotty at the best of times. nasrudin
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1:15pm Thu 4 Apr 13

ShunGokuSatsu says...

You're always going to get aromatic backwash from a pub toilet, especially one in an old building. Nature of the beast. The Brig's a cracking pub, and Kev's easily one of the soundest landlords in town. All the best to him.
You're always going to get aromatic backwash from a pub toilet, especially one in an old building. Nature of the beast. The Brig's a cracking pub, and Kev's easily one of the soundest landlords in town. All the best to him. ShunGokuSatsu
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2:38pm Thu 4 Apr 13

Woody G Mellor says...

Jackanory2 wrote:
One of Yorks most popular pubs???? Could be, but don't think so.
I think it is. We're would you say is one of Yorks more popular pubs? It's all about personal opinion.
[quote][p][bold]Jackanory2[/bold] wrote: One of Yorks most popular pubs???? Could be, but don't think so.[/p][/quote]I think it is. We're would you say is one of Yorks more popular pubs? It's all about personal opinion. Woody G Mellor
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3:25pm Thu 4 Apr 13

readbeforeyouprint says...

Yes, it is popular at times, but quiet at others. However, on Maundy Thursday afternoon we witnessed a busy pub with only 2 staff on, and empty glasses/bottles over most tables and covering most of the bar (by no means not the first time either). Why were other busy pubs able to clear up when Brigantes wasn't? Let's hope with the increased capacity the place is staffed sufficiently for the expected busy periods.
Yes, it is popular at times, but quiet at others. However, on Maundy Thursday afternoon we witnessed a busy pub with only 2 staff on, and empty glasses/bottles over most tables and covering most of the bar (by no means not the first time either). Why were other busy pubs able to clear up when Brigantes wasn't? Let's hope with the increased capacity the place is staffed sufficiently for the expected busy periods. readbeforeyouprint
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4:02pm Fri 5 Apr 13

TerryYork says...

More drunks on the streets. More people dying young from alcohol consumption.
More drunks on the streets. More people dying young from alcohol consumption. TerryYork
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1:55pm Sat 6 Apr 13

heworth.28 says...

TerryYork wrote:
More drunks on the streets. More people dying young from alcohol consumption.
It's hardly a haven for the stereotypical binge drinker!
[quote][p][bold]TerryYork[/bold] wrote: More drunks on the streets. More people dying young from alcohol consumption.[/p][/quote]It's hardly a haven for the stereotypical binge drinker! heworth.28
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8:05pm Sat 6 Apr 13

eeoodares says...

Really surprised with this place, looked odd when it opened, wrong part of town, menu looks like it is off the microwave technician type....yet, I have always enjoyed my time there, the beer is very well kept and the food is really very good. I hope they go from strength to strength and reverse the strip club/charity shop/ empty shop tragedy that is afflicting what should be an awesome street...a street of decent pubs serving great food and like kryptonite to wkd booze monkeys, if only!
Really surprised with this place, looked odd when it opened, wrong part of town, menu looks like it is off the microwave technician type....yet, I have always enjoyed my time there, the beer is very well kept and the food is really very good. I hope they go from strength to strength and reverse the strip club/charity shop/ empty shop tragedy that is afflicting what should be an awesome street...a street of decent pubs serving great food and like kryptonite to wkd booze monkeys, if only! eeoodares
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9:57am Tue 9 Apr 13

SelbyRich says...

That explains why on Sunday night there was no beer...
That explains why on Sunday night there was no beer... SelbyRich
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3:13pm Wed 10 Apr 13

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

I gave up visiting because the staff were so busy taking food orders and the bar was always such a mess with uncleared plates. Let's hope this helps them get it right.
I gave up visiting because the staff were so busy taking food orders and the bar was always such a mess with uncleared plates. Let's hope this helps them get it right. Ignatius Lumpopo
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4:02pm Thu 25 Apr 13

bloodaxe says...

Woody G Mellor wrote:
Jackanory2 wrote:
One of Yorks most popular pubs???? Could be, but don't think so.
I think it is. We're would you say is one of Yorks more popular pubs? It's all about personal opinion.
We're ? We're what ?
[quote][p][bold]Woody G Mellor[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jackanory2[/bold] wrote: One of Yorks most popular pubs???? Could be, but don't think so.[/p][/quote]I think it is. We're would you say is one of Yorks more popular pubs? It's all about personal opinion.[/p][/quote]We're ? We're what ? bloodaxe
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