The Earl of Strafford in Hooton Roberts has reopened following a £250,000 refurbishment.

Joh Healey was invited for a tour of the pub, which is owned and operated by the Stonehouse Group, and is now under new management.

The 16th century, Grade II listed manor house which was built as a home for the first Earl of Strafford, Sir Thomas Wentworth, is situated on Doncaster Road and has undergone changes both inside and out as well as the introduction of a new food menu.

John, who was shown around by general manager James Mault and the team, said: “It was real pleasure to see the transformation of the Earl of Strafford first hand.

“It’s a pub I’ve known for many years and it’s great to see that it’s been given a fresh new look and is being invested in for the local community.

“The attention to detail is key with prints of the Earl of Strafford now on the walls and new seating areas outside. I wish James and the team all the success for the future.”

General manager, James Mault is thrilled with the new-look pub. He said: “This is such a special pub, with so much history and charm, and now it is even better.

“We have carefully balanced all the original features and character of this lovely building with a touch of comfort. Everything here is about quality – great fresh food and drinks with the best service. That goes for everyone including our four-legged friends who will like our very own Dog Bar!”

Stonegate has over 4,500 leased, tenanted, and managed pubs nationwide making it the largest pub company in the UK.