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Green Man’s ‘bar’ is coming back for Shrovetide

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: February 24, 2014

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A POP-UP bar will be installed at the Green Man to welcome in thirsty Shrovetiders, the News Telegraph can exclusively reveal.

The owners of the former St John Street pub and hotel, who last week announced they would welcome back Shrovetide players and committee members for the traditional ratification of any goals, have said food and drink will be served in the historic courtyard.

Ashbourne brewer Ed Allingham, who had to move his Leatherbritches Brewery out of the Green Man when the former business collapsed, will return to the same space once occupied by his brewery with a temporary bar and a company will be serving mediterranean-themed ‘street food’ alongside.

During talks with the Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide Committee businessman Colin Wright, who is nursing the building back to health, said he was keen to see Shrovetide return to its spiritual home.

He has also hinted that the temporary bar will occupy a ‘likely location’ of what could become a pub once the redevelopment is complete.

Ashbourne architect Darren Archer, he explained, is looking to create the ‘cellar and old brewery ambience’ that best represents the character of that part of the historic building and he believes the pub will offer something different to the other establishments in town.

The second phase of the re-birth of the building is nearing completion and includes the opening of two further shops with town centre store Go Wilde preparing to move in by the end of the month.

Last year the News Telegraph conducted a poll to see if Shrovetiders would want the ball to return to the Green Man, or whether they preferred the ratification to take place at the town hall entrance - where it had been temporarily moved to.

After the poll closed, we revealed that 56.8 per cent wanted the goal to be ratified in the Green Man’s courtyard while 43.2 per cent voting for the town hall steps.

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