A disused pub is rising from the flames of its previous history – and the present-day recession – to rekindle the traditional values of the Victorian era.
Three years after establishing the award-winning Ironbridge Brewery, local entrepreneur Dave Goldingay is to open the brewery’s first pub, the Old Fighting Cocks in Oakengates, in Telford.
The Old Fighting Cocks was a freehouse which closed almost two years ago.
It will be given a new lease of life thanks to a partnership between Ironbridge Brewery and the family-owned Everards Brewery of Leicester under their Project William initiative.
Named after William Everard, who established his company in 1849, Project William is a pioneering scheme where they team up with local breweries and publicans to transform struggling or closed pub businesses into thriving ale houses. There are 13 Project William sites currently operating in the UK.
The Old Fighting Cocks has a rich history and is said to be the oldest pub in Oakengates, bearing the date of 1656.
To commemorate over 125 years since this rebuild, Ironbridge Brewery are recreating an authentic Victorian ‘Heritage Mild’ from 19th century brewing archives.
It will open to the public on March 15 and will be marking the reopening with a delivery of its special Victorian Heritage Mild using a traditional Shire-drawn dray from Arron Shires on March 16, at 10.30am.