A new B&B will open in this historic 17th century pub
The White Horse Inn is a historic building in Hengate, Beverley (Image: Peter Harbour)
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 10 Aug 2017
An iconic pub’s B&B plans are being welcomed by trade and civic society leaders, who say it would help keep the town centre alive at night.
Samuel Smith's brewery, which operates The White Horse Inn, in Beverley, has lodged plans to restore four upstairs rooms at the 17th century gas-lit pub.
Beverley and District Civic society chairman Sandy Patience says the plans for the historic pub, also known as Nellies, would breathe new life into the town centre.
He says: “It’s mission critical in a town like Beverley to keep the town centre alive, particularly on a night.
“Town centres can die at night, particularly if people are not living in them.
“Bed and breakfast accommodation at The White Horse Inn would bring more people into the town centre, rather than in hotels and guest houses out of town.
“There was a government initiative about 10 or 15 years ago to encourage the occupation of upper floors so town and city centres would become more inhabited.
“We would like to see more premises making use of their upper floors, particularly now that we are in a housing crisis it is absolutely critical that we use space that would have once been used for accommodation.
“Using space like this saves building on greenfield sites so the more this kind of thing can be done in Beverley and the East Riding the better.”
The White Horse Inn, also known as Nellies (Image: Peter Harbour)
Julian Minshall, chairman of Beverley and District Chamber of Trade, also welcomes the plans for Hengate pub.
He says: “If anything encourages more people into the town it’s good accommodation.
“Accommodation has always been the Achilles heel in Beverley so this is a fantastic move.
“Next year, we will also have the restored Beverley Arms up and running.
“It makes a big difference to the economy if you are getting people staying in the heart of the town and experiencing what goes on not only during the day but also at night.
“From Nellies, one of the oldest pubs in Beverley, to new venues like the Pig & Whistle, Chamas, FirePit and The Potting Shed, there’s a lot people can now experience.”
Mr Minshall says a network of town organisations, which organise a growing array of events, also deserve credit for making Beverley an attractive destination.
He says: “You have to take your hat off to the volunteer network that perhaps people don’t appreciate for the work that goes on – from Beverley Town Council which organises food and drink festivals, to charities organising events like July’s raft race and September’s world barge-pulling competition at Beverley Beck.”
The planning application for The White Horse Inn is due to be considered by East Riding Council.
The brewery has told the council: “The main mission of the proposal is to bring the Hengate facing rooms into use a letting rooms adding another feature to a unique public house.
“The proposals present the opportunity to bring further business to the Beverley area as there are many local attractions that will benefit from having further letting rooms within the town.”