New name and look for Denton’s oldest pub

A NEW name and a £180,000 facelift marked the dawn of an exciting era for Denton’s oldest pub.The Angel Hotel, reportedly first licenced in 1597, has become the Old Peg in a bid to give it a new image and rid itself of a troubled recent past.

Leah and Alyssa Ledson-Campbell are joint licensees and want to re-create a community hub.

“I used to drink at The Angel and today it is nothing like it previously was. It is more homely and warm,” explained Leah who is no stranger to the trade.

The Old Peg is the 29th pub she has worked at, having started out in the kitchens at the Rising Moon, Matley Lane, Stalybridge, aged 13.

Leah, 34, and Alyssa, 30, have previously run The Clarence, Newton, Hyde, and Hollingworth’s The Gun Inn from where they were headhunted by the Craft Union Pub Company, an arm of Ei which is the largest pub chain in the UK with 5,000 properties.

In the light of previous issues, Leah explained that security is paramount at the Old Peg.

The pub has a 32 camera CCTV security system, which has facial recognition. All fire exits are also alarmed.

To create a community feel, Leah and Alyssa would like to have darts and pool teams. They are also keen to have live music, charity and family fun days.

Though the pub has not long re-opened after being shut for three months, Leah has been delighted with the feedback for the new-look pub.

She said: “The locals have been amazing, very welcoming and very kind.

“They are happy to have it back to like it once was, a community hub.”

A spokesperson for Craft Union Pub Company said: “We are very excited to have taken over the former Angel Hotel which has been renamed Old Peg in acknowledgment of local heritage.

“Our new operator Leah Ledson is from the local community and previously operated the Gun Inn, Hollingworth.“She was delighted to recently open the doors, revealing the pub’s fresh new look following a healthy refurbishment project.

“We are working closely with the licensing authority and the local community to provide a safe community hub for customers and we look forward to welcoming them into their new pub.

“We believe that the British pub plays a vital role in the lives of its customers and our philosophy at Craft Union is to put brilliant pubs back at the heart of local communities.

“We are committed to nurturing this by investing in the site, retaining its heritage while improving the quality of the community offer.”

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