Work starts on £178,000 pub refurbishment in Warrington town centre

Neil Sparkes outside the White Hart

Neil Sparkes outside the White Hart

First published in News

WORK has started restoring the town centre pub the White Hart to its old self. 

Stars Pubs and Bars, which is part of Heineken, is investing £178,0000 in a full refurbishment of the Sankey Street pub, transforming the venue to offer food, cask ales and coffees.


Neil Sparkes, a local entrepreneur, who has four pubs in the town and has leased the pub, is also putting more than £45,000 towards the project.

Mr Sparkes said: “It has been run under temporary management for many years during which it has become tired and rundown.

"All it lacked was investment and to offer the people of Warrington what they want from a town centre pub - good food, good beer and great tea and coffee throughout the day and evening.  With four pubs in the town, I know what will work."


The White Hart will be closed for five weeks and as a result of the refurbishment 20 jobs will be created when the pub opens in mid-April.
 

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12:36pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Just a bloke says...

I hope that Warrignton retains a music venue other than the Parr Hall. We dont all want to dine out all the time. With four pubs in town I hope Mr Sparkes has the vision to keep a live music venue in town. A modern local live music venue would be fantastic.
I hope that Warrignton retains a music venue other than the Parr Hall. We dont all want to dine out all the time. With four pubs in town I hope Mr Sparkes has the vision to keep a live music venue in town. A modern local live music venue would be fantastic. Just a bloke
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3:11pm Thu 6 Mar 14

SAC_in_Warrington says...

Just a bloke wrote:
I hope that Warrignton retains a music venue other than the Parr Hall. We dont all want to dine out all the time. With four pubs in town I hope Mr Sparkes has the vision to keep a live music venue in town. A modern local live music venue would be fantastic.
There are at least three other live music venues in the town centre that you haven't considered. Holy Trinity Church Sankey Street regularly hosts solo performers and small chamber orchestras, The Salvation Army building in Academy Street often hosts Brass Band and Choirs both religious and non religious, then there is St. Mary's Church on Buttermarket Street that also hosts solo performers, small chamber orchestras and choirs. The Pyramid Arts centre also hosts various genre of live music.
[quote][p][bold]Just a bloke[/bold] wrote: I hope that Warrignton retains a music venue other than the Parr Hall. We dont all want to dine out all the time. With four pubs in town I hope Mr Sparkes has the vision to keep a live music venue in town. A modern local live music venue would be fantastic.[/p][/quote]There are at least three other live music venues in the town centre that you haven't considered. Holy Trinity Church Sankey Street regularly hosts solo performers and small chamber orchestras, The Salvation Army building in Academy Street often hosts Brass Band and Choirs both religious and non religious, then there is St. Mary's Church on Buttermarket Street that also hosts solo performers, small chamber orchestras and choirs. The Pyramid Arts centre also hosts various genre of live music. SAC_in_Warrington
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12:36pm Fri 7 Mar 14

motorhead2009 says...

SAC_in_Warrington wrote:
Just a bloke wrote: I hope that Warrignton retains a music venue other than the Parr Hall. We dont all want to dine out all the time. With four pubs in town I hope Mr Sparkes has the vision to keep a live music venue in town. A modern local live music venue would be fantastic.
There are at least three other live music venues in the town centre that you haven't considered. Holy Trinity Church Sankey Street regularly hosts solo performers and small chamber orchestras, The Salvation Army building in Academy Street often hosts Brass Band and Choirs both religious and non religious, then there is St. Mary's Church on Buttermarket Street that also hosts solo performers, small chamber orchestras and choirs. The Pyramid Arts centre also hosts various genre of live music.
i suspect he is referring to poular music rather than brass bands and choirs, in which case he is quite right that Warrington does lack a music scene.

Made all the worse for the closing of the Carlton Club and the Lion where Friday night was rock night and it was always packed out.

The Blue Bell does tend to have something live on a Friday and i beleive the old Cross Keys does also.
[quote][p][bold]SAC_in_Warrington[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Just a bloke[/bold] wrote: I hope that Warrignton retains a music venue other than the Parr Hall. We dont all want to dine out all the time. With four pubs in town I hope Mr Sparkes has the vision to keep a live music venue in town. A modern local live music venue would be fantastic.[/p][/quote]There are at least three other live music venues in the town centre that you haven't considered. Holy Trinity Church Sankey Street regularly hosts solo performers and small chamber orchestras, The Salvation Army building in Academy Street often hosts Brass Band and Choirs both religious and non religious, then there is St. Mary's Church on Buttermarket Street that also hosts solo performers, small chamber orchestras and choirs. The Pyramid Arts centre also hosts various genre of live music.[/p][/quote]i suspect he is referring to poular music rather than brass bands and choirs, in which case he is quite right that Warrington does lack a music scene. Made all the worse for the closing of the Carlton Club and the Lion where Friday night was rock night and it was always packed out. The Blue Bell does tend to have something live on a Friday and i beleive the old Cross Keys does also. motorhead2009
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3:53pm Fri 7 Mar 14

SAC_in_Warrington says...

motorhead2009 wrote:
SAC_in_Warrington wrote:
Just a bloke wrote: I hope that Warrignton retains a music venue other than the Parr Hall. We dont all want to dine out all the time. With four pubs in town I hope Mr Sparkes has the vision to keep a live music venue in town. A modern local live music venue would be fantastic.
There are at least three other live music venues in the town centre that you haven't considered. Holy Trinity Church Sankey Street regularly hosts solo performers and small chamber orchestras, The Salvation Army building in Academy Street often hosts Brass Band and Choirs both religious and non religious, then there is St. Mary's Church on Buttermarket Street that also hosts solo performers, small chamber orchestras and choirs. The Pyramid Arts centre also hosts various genre of live music.
i suspect he is referring to poular music rather than brass bands and choirs, in which case he is quite right that Warrington does lack a music scene.

Made all the worse for the closing of the Carlton Club and the Lion where Friday night was rock night and it was always packed out.

The Blue Bell does tend to have something live on a Friday and i beleive the old Cross Keys does also.
Brass bands Orchestras and Choirs are very popular just not for you and Just a Bloke, I recognise that. He was specifically stating the absence of "a live music venue in town", other than the Parr Hall. Hence my comment with regards to the other live music venues in the Town Centre.
[quote][p][bold]motorhead2009[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SAC_in_Warrington[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Just a bloke[/bold] wrote: I hope that Warrignton retains a music venue other than the Parr Hall. We dont all want to dine out all the time. With four pubs in town I hope Mr Sparkes has the vision to keep a live music venue in town. A modern local live music venue would be fantastic.[/p][/quote]There are at least three other live music venues in the town centre that you haven't considered. Holy Trinity Church Sankey Street regularly hosts solo performers and small chamber orchestras, The Salvation Army building in Academy Street often hosts Brass Band and Choirs both religious and non religious, then there is St. Mary's Church on Buttermarket Street that also hosts solo performers, small chamber orchestras and choirs. The Pyramid Arts centre also hosts various genre of live music.[/p][/quote]i suspect he is referring to poular music rather than brass bands and choirs, in which case he is quite right that Warrington does lack a music scene. Made all the worse for the closing of the Carlton Club and the Lion where Friday night was rock night and it was always packed out. The Blue Bell does tend to have something live on a Friday and i beleive the old Cross Keys does also.[/p][/quote]Brass bands Orchestras and Choirs are very popular just not for you and Just a Bloke, I recognise that. He was specifically stating the absence of "a live music venue in town", other than the Parr Hall. Hence my comment with regards to the other live music venues in the Town Centre. SAC_in_Warrington
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4:52pm Fri 7 Mar 14

nsparkes says...

SAC_in_Warrington wrote:
motorhead2009 wrote:
SAC_in_Warrington wrote:
Just a bloke wrote: I hope that Warrignton retains a music venue other than the Parr Hall. We dont all want to dine out all the time. With four pubs in town I hope Mr Sparkes has the vision to keep a live music venue in town. A modern local live music venue would be fantastic.There are at least three other live music venues in the town centre that you haven't considered. Holy Trinity Church Sankey Street regularly hosts solo performers and small chamber orchestras, The Salvation Army building in Academy Street often hosts Brass Band and Choirs both religious and non religious, then there is St. Mary's Church on Buttermarket Street that also hosts solo performers, small chamber orchestras and choirs. The Pyramid Arts centre also hosts various genre of live music.i suspect he is referring to poular music rather than brass bands and choirs, in which case he is quite right that Warrington does lack a music scene.

Made all the worse for the closing of the Carlton Club and the Lion where Friday night was rock night and it was always packed out.

The Blue Bell does tend to have something live on a Friday and i beleive the old Cross Keys does also.Brass bands Orchestras and Choirs are very popular just not for you and Just a Bloke, I recognise that. He was specifically stating the absence of "a live music venue in townThe Blue Bell has live bands every Friday and saturday night, other venues that provide live music in the town centre include porters ale house, Friars court, Mr Laus to name a few. North west bands have full lists of who is playing where in the area. Its now down to the likes of Just a Bloke to support the venues thats already providing live music on a regular basis, the busier music venues get, the more business owners will supply this kind of entertainment.
[quote][p][bold]SAC_in_Warrington[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]motorhead2009[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SAC_in_Warrington[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Just a bloke[/bold] wrote: I hope that Warrignton retains a music venue other than the Parr Hall. We dont all want to dine out all the time. With four pubs in town I hope Mr Sparkes has the vision to keep a live music venue in town. A modern local live music venue would be fantastic.[/p][/quote]There are at least three other live music venues in the town centre that you haven't considered. Holy Trinity Church Sankey Street regularly hosts solo performers and small chamber orchestras, The Salvation Army building in Academy Street often hosts Brass Band and Choirs both religious and non religious, then there is St. Mary's Church on Buttermarket Street that also hosts solo performers, small chamber orchestras and choirs. The Pyramid Arts centre also hosts various genre of live music.[/p][/quote]i suspect he is referring to poular music rather than brass bands and choirs, in which case he is quite right that Warrington does lack a music scene. Made all the worse for the closing of the Carlton Club and the Lion where Friday night was rock night and it was always packed out. The Blue Bell does tend to have something live on a Friday and i beleive the old Cross Keys does also.[/p][/quote]Brass bands Orchestras and Choirs are very popular just not for you and Just a Bloke, I recognise that. He was specifically stating the absence of "a live music venue in townThe Blue Bell has live bands every Friday and saturday night, other venues that provide live music in the town centre include porters ale house, Friars court, Mr Laus to name a few. North west bands have full lists of who is playing where in the area. Its now down to the likes of Just a Bloke to support the venues thats already providing live music on a regular basis, the busier music venues get, the more business owners will supply this kind of entertainment. nsparkes
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1:28pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Just a bloke says...

Well sorry for being so vague in my original response !!

I am a diverse music fan and listen to loads of stuff, but yes I dont class chamber orchestras in the same vein as the sort of live rock which I tend to prefer.

I will re double my efforts to find live music in town.... But if anyone wants to re invnet the old Crewe Limelight Club in Warrington that would be fantastic.

Trouble is you need a regular live slot not just now and then, I know some pubs try, the Butchers Arms tries but I think their licence is limited to duets ?? Never seen "a band" play there, there are also a noise issue due to the proximity of housing which is signifcantly less of a problem in a town centre venue.


Thanks

:)
Well sorry for being so vague in my original response !! I am a diverse music fan and listen to loads of stuff, but yes I dont class chamber orchestras in the same vein as the sort of live rock which I tend to prefer. I will re double my efforts to find live music in town.... But if anyone wants to re invnet the old Crewe Limelight Club in Warrington that would be fantastic. Trouble is you need a regular live slot not just now and then, I know some pubs try, the Butchers Arms tries but I think their licence is limited to duets ?? Never seen "a band" play there, there are also a noise issue due to the proximity of housing which is signifcantly less of a problem in a town centre venue. Thanks :) Just a bloke
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9:55am Tue 11 Mar 14

nsparkes says...

Just a bloke wrote:
Well sorry for being so vague in my original response !!

I am a diverse music fan and listen to loads of stuff, but yes I dont class chamber orchestras in the same vein as the sort of live rock which I tend to prefer.

I will re double my efforts to find live music in town.... But if anyone wants to re invnet the old Crewe Limelight Club in Warrington that would be fantastic.

Trouble is you need a regular live slot not just now and then, I know some pubs try, the Butchers Arms tries but I think their licence is limited to duets ?? Never seen "a bandThe blue bell has live bands every single Friday and Saturday has done for years!!
[quote][p][bold]Just a bloke[/bold] wrote: Well sorry for being so vague in my original response !! I am a diverse music fan and listen to loads of stuff, but yes I dont class chamber orchestras in the same vein as the sort of live rock which I tend to prefer. I will re double my efforts to find live music in town.... But if anyone wants to re invnet the old Crewe Limelight Club in Warrington that would be fantastic. Trouble is you need a regular live slot not just now and then, I know some pubs try, the Butchers Arms tries but I think their licence is limited to duets ?? Never seen "a bandThe blue bell has live bands every single Friday and Saturday has done for years!! nsparkes
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