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9th June 2015


Mayor Councillor Steph Booth with Thwaites' famous shire horses

 The Hare and Hounds, in Todmorden, was the scene of celebration this Saturday (6 June) as Mayor, Councillor Steph Booth officially opened the revamped pub following a significant £150,000 refurbishment investment.


The popular local recently underwent a total interior overhaul, funded in partnership with award-winning Lancashire brewer, Daniel Thwaites, with the aim of creating a more contemporary, family atmosphere. Appointed by Thwaites area business manager, Linda Goodfellow, and having joined the Thwaites family just last month, new licensees Richard and Tiffanie Carlton were overjoyed with the response from patrons.


Tiffanie commented: “Richard and I have put a lot of thought and hard work into the changes that have been made to the pub and our four children have definitely been a big inspiration for us in tailoring the pub’s interior and exterior to be more family orientated. We’re overwhelmed with the support we’ve received from the local community and were delighted to welcome the new Mayor to officiate the ribbon cutting.”


As well as playing host to Mayor, Councillor Steph Booth, the pub also enjoyed a visit from Thwaites’ famous dray horses, Wainwright and Bomber, who joined crowds in raising a pint to toast the Hare and Hounds’ new look. Guests at the opening were also treated to a variety of exciting activities, including bouncy castles, face painting, and entertainment from the fantastic Todmorden Community 20-piece brass band.


Mayor, Councillor Steph Booth, said: “It’s an honour to join Richard and Tiffanie  and the rest of the Todmorden community in officially opening the newly refurbished  Hare and Hounds. The changes that have been made are truly stunning and will help ensure the pub’s continued place as an important and vibrant part of the local community.”


The renovation works at the pub have been extensive, with everything from the bar and dining area, new baby changing room and fully refurbished loos. Award-winning chef, Richard, has also had a lot of influence on the new menu. “We wanted to offer a traditional pub dining experience that celebrated home cooking and locally sourced produce,” he said.


“We’ve had some great support, in particular from local gardening enthusiasts Incredible Edible, who we will continue working with to adapt the pub garden in order to generate produce for the kitchen. Our aim is to offer our customers a classic dining feel with a modern twist – I like to think that’s what we’ve managed to achieve.”


The pub is now fully open for business, serving a selection of popular Thwaite’s beers and seasonal ales. It can be booked for events and functions upon request. For more information, please visit:




For more information, please contact:

Eleanor Byrne: 07770410047

Claire Grew: 07786 091987

April Kerr: 01625 506 431



About Daniel Thwaites

Daniel Thwaites is the North of England’s major independent family brewer and pub company. Founded in 1807, Thwaites has a rich heritage providing welcoming hospitality and award-winning beers that are brewed with skill and care from the highest quality ingredients.


Thwaites owns an estate of nearly 300 pubs, a small but growing group of characterful coaching inns and six four-star full service regional hotels and spas, which trade under the Shire Hotels banner.


Eleanor Byrne
Account Manager