Refurbished Rochdale pub to revitalise community

Date published: 09 November 2012

A Rochdale pub, which hopes to become a thriving hub for the community, opened tonight (Friday 9 November) after undergoing a huge refurbishment.

The Norden Arms, located in Edenfield Road, Norden, was bought by lawyer and successful property investor Edward Smethurst.

After a 16-week refurbishment, specially-invited guests were welcomed at 6pm tonight before the doors opened to the public at 9pm.

General Manager Adrian Bleackley hopes it can fill a void in the area: “We want to revitalise the community,” he said.

“There was nowhere in the community to meet up for a drink or to socialise.

“When we saw this, we both thought it was a good opportunity to create that.

“Hopefully it will go from strength to strength and if it takes off it can become a real hub for the community.”

Mr Bleackley explained they have also taken on a head chef who will provide traditional English meals from locally sourced ingredients, while cask ales will be served on draught. 

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