A popular Ryedale pub is back open for business after a six week refurbishment.
Gunter and Dagmar Schwark, owners of The German Bar, Yorkersgate, Malton, welcomed customers into the new look tavern on Friday evening.
The pub has adopted an “Alpine-style” look, partly inspired by the couple’s new business partner Brian Whitbread, and now boasts a new bar and four cosy “snugs” to give customers more privacy, should they choose it.
But the revamp is only the start as work is well underway to develop The Mount Hotel’s bedrooms and restaurant with the hope that it will open to the public – offering reasonable priced fare and accommodation – this Easter.
The work is being led by Brian, an experienced globe-trotting project manager in the construction industry, who is also no stranger to the pub game.
“I worked in Beirut for ten years,” he said. “I was coming in as Terry Waite was going out! One of the things I always missed was English beer so I bought my first pub and introduced Guinness and Kilkenny to the Lebanese.
“I had four pubs in total towards the end but then September 11 came along and it went wrong, so I moved to England and went back into construction.”
His career, which began with a two-year spell in the Norwegian merchant navy, has seen him work in construction in Germany, during the building boom of the 1970s which inspired the TV show Auf Wiedersehen, Pet; along with tours in Saudi Arabia, Cyprus and parts of Africa.
But it was during his time in Germany that he developed a love of Alpine skiing and the local beer, so when he became friendly with Gunter and Dagmar he saw an opportunity to invest in the business and return to the industry.
And he is pleased with how things are turning out with his latest venture.
“I think it will be new and interesting for the area and Yorkshire, to be honest,” said Brian. “We have some really excellent beers and schnapps brought back from Germany, the pub food is good and reasonably priced, and bar itself has a lovely atmosphere. It all looks very promising.”