Changes are brewing at Imperial

The Imperial Club is now open for business.
The Imperial Club is now open for business.

A DERELICT Mexborough club has now been re-opened – complete with its own micro-brewery.

Former George and Dragon landlord Frank Hoyland, and two business partners from the Sheffield-based White Rose Brewery, have purchased the Imperial Club, on the town’s bypass.

The venue, which dates back to the 1920s, has been shut since April last year but has been undergoing a refurbishment.

Frank was given licence to open the place last week, and before long its own brewery will be set up in the cellar and old pool room.

He said: “We still have some work to do, but the place is now open thankfully.

“Once the brewery is done, we will be putting a window in the bar so people will be able to watch as the beer is being made.

“We already have the Concertina Club which makes its own beer on site, and now Mexborough will have another one.

“I think real ale fans will be drawn to the town and it will help trade for everyone hopefully.

“We have been invited to introduce a beer into Rotherham’s real ale festival in March so we will be doing that.”

The club will be open from 4pm onwards Monday to Thursday, from 3pm on Friday, and all day Saturday and Sunday. Closing time will be midnight.

Tea time meals will be served on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 5-8pm, and Sunday lunches from 12-3pm.

There are also plans for live music, including brass band performances and busking nightseach week.