The White Horse Public House has been operating in Church Fenton since 1881, providing catering and restaurant facilities. Sadly it stopped trading in Autumn 2016 and the community has missed having a pub and restaurant in the heart of the village.
Due to a small group of determined people, a proactive and forward thinking Parish Council and support from our amazing village and the wider community, the pub in the centre of the village was purchased on Monday, 25th June 2018 by the Parish Council using a Publics Works Loan, approved by the government.
CFCH Ltd has now signed a lease with experienced tenant's H&P pubs who also own and run The Boundary House in Methley. Everyone involved in the refurbishment at the pub is working flat out, and still aiming to meet their planned schedule for opening. The work on the outside is evident to all - The White Horse is again becoming a landmark in Church Fenton. Inside plastering and reinstatement works are progressing well and the emphasis will shortly change from refurbishment to fit-out.
The planning application for the proposed erection of a kitchen extension, and construction of new walls to car park/garden area has now been approved.
Work has now started on the outside bar and the kitchen extension, however the majority of the work is taking place inside the pub.
The fit out of the dining area and the bars is progressing well, and the process of decorating and floor covering will commence once the remainder of the "dirty" work is complete.
The Recruitment Day on 17th November went really well, 35 people attended for interview, with 15 job offers being made. H&P are planning another recruitment day before they open. The target date for re-opening is still the end of March, and we look forward to sharing any further updates with you as we get closer to that date.
In order to manage the period whilst the pub is refurbished and therefore unable to generate an income, CFCH Ltd launched a share offer to raise funds. This offer is now closed. Thanks to the amazing support of the community we now have nearly 200 shareholders and exceeded our aim to raise £50,000. Being a shareholder allows you to have a say on who is on the committee and how any surplus income in the future may be spent.
Finally, on behalf of the team a big "Thank You" once again. Not only have we secured the future of The White Horse, we have been successful in our aim to reduce the amount Church Fenton Parish Council need to borrow by £49,000. A tremendous achievement that couldn’t be done without the support of you, our shareholders.
We are looking forward to the next 12 months, and hope that everyone can enjoy the benefits of The White Horse Church Fenton for many years to come.
We are a small group of villagers that feel passionate about keeping the White Horse open as a restaurant, bar and car park. As the project develops we will need more help and support. Jobs will range from gardening and stripping out the pub to more specialist roles like Quantity Surveyor. Please get in touch if you can help in any way.
We have been overwhelmed by the amount of support that we have received from the village and beyond. We aim to keep you up to date with plans and progress through this site so please keep coming back.