York pub changes hands and gets £300,000 refurb

An artist's impression of how The Fox will look after the work

The Fox in Holgate

First published in News

A VICTORIAN pub in York has closed for a six-week restoration under new management.

Ossett Brewery from West Yorkshire has teamed up with owners Punch Taverns to invest £300,000 to preserve and enhance The Fox in Holgate

Up to ten new jobs will be created at the pub when it re-opens in mid-May.

The pub will be Ossett's second in York, following the opening of The Hop in Fossgate last October.

Managing director Jamie Lawson said: “There will be extensive work conducted throughout the pub, where we will be looking to bring the pub back to how it used to be and expose the original features. We will be concentrating on expanding our drinks range, with nine hand pulls as well as world and craft beers.”

Dave Rowland, Punch's partnership development manager, said: “We wanted to work with Ossett as we shared their vision of creating a leading ale house in York that captures the authentic pub experience.”

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11:35pm Thu 10 Apr 14

3.8liter says...

They certainly need to do something to bring people back to this place. Previously it was a crappy out of town boozer with stinking toilets, slow service, and charging city center prices. The Volunteer in Watson Street and the Crystal Palace were a much better bet.
They certainly need to do something to bring people back to this place. Previously it was a crappy out of town boozer with stinking toilets, slow service, and charging city center prices. The Volunteer in Watson Street and the Crystal Palace were a much better bet. 3.8liter
  • Score: -7

6:31am Fri 11 Apr 14

Bad Tackerler says...

You certainly did not go in when Stu and Lindsey ran the Fox. Punch in their wisdom put up the rent so much that it was not worth Stu and Lindsey flogging their guts out to make a living.
Pitty Punch did not give that money to Stu instead of forcing them out ! Shame on Punch
You certainly did not go in when Stu and Lindsey ran the Fox. Punch in their wisdom put up the rent so much that it was not worth Stu and Lindsey flogging their guts out to make a living. Pitty Punch did not give that money to Stu instead of forcing them out ! Shame on Punch Bad Tackerler
  • Score: 39

7:14am Fri 11 Apr 14

oi oi savaloy says...

3.8liter wrote:
They certainly need to do something to bring people back to this place. Previously it was a crappy out of town boozer with stinking toilets, slow service, and charging city center prices. The Volunteer in Watson Street and the Crystal Palace were a much better bet.
**** shame ,20+ years ago it used to be a superb pub, full of railway men, awesome pint of tetley's!!
[quote][p][bold]3.8liter[/bold] wrote: They certainly need to do something to bring people back to this place. Previously it was a crappy out of town boozer with stinking toilets, slow service, and charging city center prices. The Volunteer in Watson Street and the Crystal Palace were a much better bet.[/p][/quote]**** shame ,20+ years ago it used to be a superb pub, full of railway men, awesome pint of tetley's!! oi oi savaloy
  • Score: 13

7:56am Fri 11 Apr 14

Bailed Out says...

They need to get an old Albert in a cruffy white jacket. 1980s. And correct, the Tetley's was at it's best.
They need to get an old Albert in a cruffy white jacket. 1980s. And correct, the Tetley's was at it's best. Bailed Out
  • Score: 4

8:04am Fri 11 Apr 14

Tom6187 says...

How on earth are they spending 300k on a building of that size?
How on earth are they spending 300k on a building of that size? Tom6187
  • Score: 5

8:54am Fri 11 Apr 14

Fat Harry says...

We've seen it so many times; PubCo resfuses to invest at the same time as burdening tenant with an impossible rent.

Pub starts on a spiral of decline.

Long-standing and popular tenant forced out by looming bankruptcy.

In a blaze of publicity the PubCo and "partners" invest the money the original tenant was crying out for and expect the community to gasp in awe and reverence at their munificence and foresight.

I wish the Fox and its regulars well, but I'm getting heartily sick of the hypocrisy of the PubCo's. It's high time the laws on pub ownership were reformed - Thatcher's 80s intervention has been disastrous.
We've seen it so many times; PubCo resfuses to invest at the same time as burdening tenant with an impossible rent. Pub starts on a spiral of decline. Long-standing and popular tenant forced out by looming bankruptcy. In a blaze of publicity the PubCo and "partners" invest the money the original tenant was crying out for and expect the community to gasp in awe and reverence at their munificence and foresight. I wish the Fox and its regulars well, but I'm getting heartily sick of the hypocrisy of the PubCo's. It's high time the laws on pub ownership were reformed - Thatcher's 80s intervention has been disastrous. Fat Harry
  • Score: 23

9:11am Fri 11 Apr 14

roskoboskovic says...

it used to be a great boozer in the heydays of york carriageworks and was always busy.great pint of original tetleys which you don t seem to get nowadays.good luck to them as long as it doesn t turn into a poseurs paradise concentrating on food and overpriced craft ales.
it used to be a great boozer in the heydays of york carriageworks and was always busy.great pint of original tetleys which you don t seem to get nowadays.good luck to them as long as it doesn t turn into a poseurs paradise concentrating on food and overpriced craft ales. roskoboskovic
  • Score: 6

9:46am Fri 11 Apr 14

Stuart Jones says...

This is the best news i've heard all week!
This is the best news i've heard all week! Stuart Jones
  • Score: 8

10:07am Fri 11 Apr 14

eeoodares says...

Fat Harry wrote:
We've seen it so many times; PubCo resfuses to invest at the same time as burdening tenant with an impossible rent.

Pub starts on a spiral of decline.

Long-standing and popular tenant forced out by looming bankruptcy.

In a blaze of publicity the PubCo and "partners" invest the money the original tenant was crying out for and expect the community to gasp in awe and reverence at their munificence and foresight.

I wish the Fox and its regulars well, but I'm getting heartily sick of the hypocrisy of the PubCo's. It's high time the laws on pub ownership were reformed - Thatcher's 80s intervention has been disastrous.
Yeah, because there was no problems when the breweries owned the pubs??? Get a grip man!
[quote][p][bold]Fat Harry[/bold] wrote: We've seen it so many times; PubCo resfuses to invest at the same time as burdening tenant with an impossible rent. Pub starts on a spiral of decline. Long-standing and popular tenant forced out by looming bankruptcy. In a blaze of publicity the PubCo and "partners" invest the money the original tenant was crying out for and expect the community to gasp in awe and reverence at their munificence and foresight. I wish the Fox and its regulars well, but I'm getting heartily sick of the hypocrisy of the PubCo's. It's high time the laws on pub ownership were reformed - Thatcher's 80s intervention has been disastrous.[/p][/quote]Yeah, because there was no problems when the breweries owned the pubs??? Get a grip man! eeoodares
  • Score: -12

10:42am Fri 11 Apr 14

Fat Harry says...

eeoodares wrote:
Fat Harry wrote: We've seen it so many times; PubCo resfuses to invest at the same time as burdening tenant with an impossible rent. Pub starts on a spiral of decline. Long-standing and popular tenant forced out by looming bankruptcy. In a blaze of publicity the PubCo and "partners" invest the money the original tenant was crying out for and expect the community to gasp in awe and reverence at their munificence and foresight. I wish the Fox and its regulars well, but I'm getting heartily sick of the hypocrisy of the PubCo's. It's high time the laws on pub ownership were reformed - Thatcher's 80s intervention has been disastrous.
Yeah, because there was no problems when the breweries owned the pubs??? Get a grip man!
I didn't say there were no problems before Thatcher, simply that her intervention had proved disastrous for pubs.

We've exchanged one oligopoly for another, and 20-30 pubs are closing every week, most of which are tenanted/leased.

At least the breweries had an interest in selling beer and protected their investment, no matter how imperfectly; the PubCo's are essentially property companies who aren't too bothered what happens in their buidlings as long as the inflated rent gets paid on time.
[quote][p][bold]eeoodares[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Fat Harry[/bold] wrote: We've seen it so many times; PubCo resfuses to invest at the same time as burdening tenant with an impossible rent. Pub starts on a spiral of decline. Long-standing and popular tenant forced out by looming bankruptcy. In a blaze of publicity the PubCo and "partners" invest the money the original tenant was crying out for and expect the community to gasp in awe and reverence at their munificence and foresight. I wish the Fox and its regulars well, but I'm getting heartily sick of the hypocrisy of the PubCo's. It's high time the laws on pub ownership were reformed - Thatcher's 80s intervention has been disastrous.[/p][/quote]Yeah, because there was no problems when the breweries owned the pubs??? Get a grip man![/p][/quote]I didn't say there were no problems before Thatcher, simply that her intervention had proved disastrous for pubs. We've exchanged one oligopoly for another, and 20-30 pubs are closing every week, most of which are tenanted/leased. At least the breweries had an interest in selling beer and protected their investment, no matter how imperfectly; the PubCo's are essentially property companies who aren't too bothered what happens in their buidlings as long as the inflated rent gets paid on time. Fat Harry
  • Score: 12

11:04am Fri 11 Apr 14

GPRD says...

Bad Tackerler wrote:
You certainly did not go in when Stu and Lindsey ran the Fox. Punch in their wisdom put up the rent so much that it was not worth Stu and Lindsey flogging their guts out to make a living. Pitty Punch did not give that money to Stu instead of forcing them out ! Shame on Punch
I did, and the lager was overpriced, poorly kept and the toilets did stink. I'm not saying it was their fault, but that's how it was.
[quote][p][bold]Bad Tackerler[/bold] wrote: You certainly did not go in when Stu and Lindsey ran the Fox. Punch in their wisdom put up the rent so much that it was not worth Stu and Lindsey flogging their guts out to make a living. Pitty Punch did not give that money to Stu instead of forcing them out ! Shame on Punch[/p][/quote]I did, and the lager was overpriced, poorly kept and the toilets did stink. I'm not saying it was their fault, but that's how it was. GPRD
  • Score: -6

1:10pm Fri 11 Apr 14

marvell says...

The lager was "poorly kept" - give me strength. The British brewed cr#p that passes for lager is a dead product that needs to no maintenance at all. They boil it until the yeast is dead and then fill it full of CO2. If you want a decent continental lager go to Pivni and try their imported unfiltered Bernard...

While I'm on a rant let's not forget to mention the neanderthal ramblings of Punch's Dave Rowland's with his corporate BS talking about "an authentic pub experience" - perfectly illustrates why the big PubCo's have got it so wrong - they haven't got a clue about the real world - they inhabit virtual experiences !!
The lager was "poorly kept" - give me strength. The British brewed cr#p that passes for lager is a dead product that needs to no maintenance at all. They boil it until the yeast is dead and then fill it full of CO2. If you want a decent continental lager go to Pivni and try their imported unfiltered Bernard... While I'm on a rant let's not forget to mention the neanderthal ramblings of Punch's Dave Rowland's with his corporate BS talking about "an authentic pub experience" - perfectly illustrates why the big PubCo's have got it so wrong - they haven't got a clue about the real world - they inhabit virtual experiences !! marvell
  • Score: 10

1:36pm Fri 11 Apr 14

offa says...

I used the Fox a bit, but shall not go in as long as Punch own it. Customers are never wrong as long as they agree with Punch.
I used the Fox a bit, but shall not go in as long as Punch own it. Customers are never wrong as long as they agree with Punch. offa
  • Score: 1

1:57pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Archiebold the 1st says...

i had my first ever illegal pub pint in there. Very nice it was too...
i had my first ever illegal pub pint in there. Very nice it was too... Archiebold the 1st
  • Score: 3

8:35pm Fri 11 Apr 14

piaggio1 says...

Ahhh.albert..n his white ice cream jacket.then grumpy got to run it.had some fine times in the fox.went downhill when graham left.an that wer a few years ago..
Ahhh.albert..n his white ice cream jacket.then grumpy got to run it.had some fine times in the fox.went downhill when graham left.an that wer a few years ago.. piaggio1
  • Score: 2

10:10am Sat 12 Apr 14

roadwars says...

Shame that punch are still involved but it's great news that Osset are going to be a part of it. Perhaps they could bring the Pie and a pint deal from the Leeds Hop...This pub would be great with a selection of decent basic bar meals, it's plenty big enough.
Shame that punch are still involved but it's great news that Osset are going to be a part of it. Perhaps they could bring the Pie and a pint deal from the Leeds Hop...This pub would be great with a selection of decent basic bar meals, it's plenty big enough. roadwars
  • Score: 2

8:39pm Fri 18 Apr 14

Dave Ruddock says...

No No Bar Meals its a Pub not a restaurant
No No Bar Meals its a Pub not a restaurant Dave Ruddock
  • Score: 0

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