Leyburn pub reopens after refurbishment

A new chapter is beginning for an historic Dales pub and its new publican.

The 18th century Bolton Arms on Market Place, Leyburn has re-opened following a major £160,000 joint investment project by pub company Punch and new publican Christopher Orme.

A total of six new jobs have also been created as part of the scheme, the owners say.

Having previously run a pub in Kent, Christopher moved to the Dales with his partner, Louise Jones, earlier this year in search of a new challenge.

And as soon as he saw The Bolton Arms he knew he’d found it.

He said: “It is such an imposing and majestic building that I fell in love with the pub at first sight.

“It was a little run down and in need of some TLC but I could see it had huge potential.”

The renovation of The Bolton Arms has involved a full internal refurbishment including new flooring, furniture and fixtures and fittings.

The pub’s toilets and large function room have also been improved and upgraded. Outside, the beer garden has been given a spruce up with new signage and lighting.

The new-look Bolton Arms will serve a range of fresh food seven days a week, alongside a selection of wines, spirits and beers, including Black Sheep and Wensleydale Brewery’s Semer Water ale.

There is regular entertainment planned including live music twice a week.

Christopher, who is a member of the British Institute of Innkeeping, is welcoming walkers and dog-owners and has even laid on a selection of snacks and treats for customers’ four-legged friends.

The pub even has a Pooch Portrait area, complete with dog selfie frame, and will be selling dog bandanas in aid of the Dogs Trust charity.

Opening weekend at The Bolton Arms revolved around a VIP launch event with Masons Gin tasting and samples of Yorkshire fayre on Friday.

Saturday saw a Halloween party complete with fire breathers, a giant Frankenstein’s monster walking the room and live music. Sunday launched The Bolton Arms’ Sunday roast followed by the return of the jazz events with a live eight piece band.

Punch Development and Training Manager Rebecca Davies said: “This has been an extensive yet sensitive renovation to significantly improve the facilities at The Bolton Arms, while retaining all of its charm and character. I’m sure that customers will be delighted with the changes and the warm welcome on offer from Christopher and his team.”


  1. im sorry to hear that the bolton arms have spent all that money renavating the pub and they are going to let dogs in dont believe dogs should be allowed in pubs leave them at home

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