New lease of life as once popular Doncaster pub reopens

New landlord Jimmy Singh has re-opened the Horse and Jockey pub on St Sepulchregate West, Doncaster
New landlord Jimmy Singh has re-opened the Horse and Jockey pub on St Sepulchregate West, Doncaster
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A once popular pub is set for a news lease of life after being brought back to life by an off licence boss.

The Horse and Jockey in St Sepulchre Gate West, Doncaster town centre, had been closed for four years.

But it is now back in business after Jimmy Singh stepped in to buy it and re-open it again.

He said: “My son David is a property developer. We saw the building and that it was for sale. We initially wanted to develop it for accommodation and the bar was a secondary thought.

“Now we’ve got accommodation upstairs, a function room and the bar in front.

“It’s a beautiful old Edwardian building and we are keeping a lot of the character. There was a lot of water damage and it had been neglected but we have got it up and running.

“It’s now going to be run as a free house, as we can buy our own beer and are not tied to any brewery or chain.

“I’m a big fan of the traditional local. There used to be so many. I used to go to places like The Vine at Balby Bridge, and the Prince of Wales in Balby, but they have closed down.

He plans to have bands playing the venue in future.

The Doncaster branch of the real ale and pubs pressure group CAMRA is pleased with the news.

Its community pubs officer, Pete Kennedy, said: It’s really good news to hear of another pub re-opening.”

Talks have also been held over the possibilty of a take-over of the Leopard, in West Street, by the company which runs the bars and catering and concerts at The Dome after the music venue closed earlier this year.

CAMRA is also trying to get The Corner Pin and the Little Plough listed as community assets, which would mean if plans were drawn up to change the use of the building, they would have to be informed and given the chance to put in a bid for the premises.