Dozens of new jobs in Duffield as former pub set for relaunch

A former community pub in Duffield that closed its doors last year is set to be relaunched as a restaurant – creating 35 new jobs.

Thursday, 25th February 2021, 3:00 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th February 2021, 3:02 pm
The former pub is set to be relaunched as a restaurant.

Experienced chef Lisa Thorley has submitted plans to Amber Valley Borough Council for a proposed extension to The Pattenmaker’s Arms in Crown Street, Duffield, which will enable it to be relaunched as a high quality pub/restaurant.

Plans include the restoration and renovation of the building and the replacement of existing inadequate structures with a new single storey extension to the rear.

This will create new dining/seating spaces, new sanitation and a pleasant and safe working environment for staff.

The planning application also includes alterations to the existing roof terrace and improvement works to a small garden area to the side of the building.

The Pattenmakers Arms will remain as a pub, offering quality, reasonably priced, locally sourced food, along with authentic ales, craft beers, wines, spirts and non-alcoholic beverages.

Chef Lisa Thorley said: “The proposed extension will enable us to breathe new life into this locally important building, create new jobs and support local businesses.

“Our aim is to create a sustainable long-term future for this popular business, retaining the original use in a way that is fit for the present day.

“Retaining the building as a pub/restaurant will also ensure an important aspect of the conservation area and social fabric of the town is retained and enhanced for future generations to enjoy.

“We are conscious that concerns have been raised in some of the comments submitted to the borough council concerning the parking provision at The Pattenmakers Arms.

"As a responsible business, we have reviewed these concerns and our intention is that the new pub/restaurant will be run in such a way that it will not cause any additional congestion in the village.

“Duffield has an excellent bus service between outlying towns such as Derby, Belper and Matlock, and Duffield railway station is situated just 350m from The Pattenmakers Arms, which adds a further public transport option for staff and customers.

“An arrangement is currently being discussed with a local business for staff parking. Safe and secure cycle parking will be made available on the existing garden space to the right of the pub building to enable active travel by customers and staff.

“We look forward to receiving a positive decision at the planning committee meeting, which will enable us to bring a popular local business back into use and provide variety and further choice to the residents of Duffield.”

The planning application is set to be considered at the next meeting of the Amber Valley Borough Council planning committee next month.