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The Potting Shed pub



New owners Leeds-based Burning Night Group has ploughed £1.5million into remodeling Hodgsons in Beverley’s Flemingate, creating a modern bar and restaurant with a quirky garden theme.

In keeping with its name, The Potting Shed will have an emphasis on the outdoors, with brightly-coloured wooden sheds in the gardens for private bench seating, hanging baskets, terracotta plant pots on each of the tables, a BBQ and an indoor lawned area complete with fencing and box hedges. There’s even a few friendly garden gnomes to keep an eye on customers!

Potting Shed pub

Menus focus on ‘feeding, watering, sharing’ – with freshly made pizzas from the pub’s wood-burning oven, chargrilled gourmet burgers, grills, classics and sharing platters served from 12 noon every day, while the venue has also attracted a number of top drinks brands.

Hendrick’s gin, known for its unique infusion of juniper, rose and cucumber, is partnering with The Potting Shed to create a special gin offering on its first floor, while Perrier-Jouët champagne will be adding fizz to the diverse drinks menu which also includes craft ales, world lagers, fine wines and cocktails.

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Since it took over the site in the spring, the new owners have given the formerly run-down two-storey pub a complete revamp and a new lease of life.

The Beverley venue, which is opposite the £120m Flemingate regeneration area, is the second for Potting Shed Trading Limited, which opened its first in Bingley, West Yorkshire in April last year. That proved such a success that the company decided to roll out the brand, opting for Beverley as its next location with further openings already planned.

Hodgsons was chosen because of a combination of its location – close to the heart of the town and East Yorkshire’s newest retail and leisure destination Flemingate – and its huge potential for renovation.


Director Allan Harper explained: “Beverley is a beautiful place and we hope it mirrors the success of our Bingley site. Flemingate is a thriving area, it made sense for us to be a part of that, and we wanted to bring something which we felt wasn’t already here in the town. The building had such a lot of opportunities, and it has incredible views of the Minster which we wanted to make the most of.”

The Burning Night Group not only invested £1.5million in the transformation, carried out by the group’s architects JS Design, it created more than 80 jobs in the process.

The result is a city centre-style gastro pub which its owners hope will be up-market but not elitist.

Isaac Mayne, Head of Marketing and Promotions, added: “We want this to be somewhere that feels accessible to everyone. It will be child-friendly and dog-friendly and we are keeping our prices at a level so everyone can enjoy it. At the same time, because it’s such a great looking place, we want it to become somewhere people go to see and be seen.”

The Potting Shed in Beverley will launch on Thursday August 18. It has a programme of special events planned to coincide with the opening in addition to regular drinks offers, live music and live sport screening.


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