Pubs and Bars

MasterChef finalist opens first pub after £180,000 renovation

Award-winning chef and MasterChef finalist Matt Healy and his team Seventh Course to open their first pub, the Beehive in Thorner, after a joint £180,000 refurbishment with Star Pubs and Bars.

The revamp has been undertaken by Seventh Course using their contractors and designers Nanu Soda, who have renovated the exterior, added new signage and lighting and refurbished the interior with a more contemporary look that is sympathetic to the pub’s rustic architecture.

Created by Healy, the menu focuses on simple pub classics with a modern twist, using high-quality ingredients that are locally sourced wherever possible.

Bar snacks will include Scotch eggs and pork pie with homemade piccalilli; starters will range from a ploughman’s sharing board to French onion soup, whilst dishes such as chargrilled sirloin steak and baked whole sea bass will feature as mains. Healy’s award winning Sunday roasts will be a speciality.

Healy said: “The Seventh Course team all love pubs, and The Beehive is perfect for our first gastro pub-style venture. Leeds has a shortage of high-quality destination pubs away from the city centre.

“Thorner is a beautiful village and easy to reach from the middle of Leeds, so we hope The Beehive will start to fill that gap, whilst also catering for the local community. We want the pub to be accessible; somewhere you can have a great meal with your family or catch up with your mates over a pint.”

Grant Morgan-Tolworthy operations director, Star Pubs and Bars, added: “The Seventh Course directors have a brilliant range of business experience between them and bring a fresh approach to the pub industry. Their entrepreneurialism, combined with Matt’s talent as chef, promise to make The Beehive another success for Seventh Course.”

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