In the beginning...
When a group of four local families found out their pub was closing down and was in danger of being turned into houses they decided not to let this community asset go without a fight.
Drink in hand (of course!) they made a pact to join together, try to buy the pub and save it from extinction.
Months of wrangling took place but the group wouldn't be deterred from their goal. Finally in May 2016 the purchase went through and the real work could begin.
It quickly became clear the building was in a state of bad repair and needed plenty of love and care to reach its potential. A massive renovation project was launched with the view to preserve the history of the pub whilst giving it a new lease of life.
Saving the building was the first port of call and although it took a lot of effort believe us when we say... it's now 'as safe as houses'.
Walls have been taken out, a new kitchen built, a function room created and perhaps most excitingly a roof terrace has been erected. All to enhance your drinking and dining experience. Added to that a new snug and luxury toilets which means it's become the destination pub of choice.
Although the surroundings may have been upgraded, the heart and soul of the pub remains and it's still a place for locals to get together, have a drink whilst catching up on the latest news.
These pictures show a snipet of the story of The Dunkirk; from a pub down on its luck, to the thriving pub it's now become.
When you visit us and see what's been achieved we know you'll love it as much as we do.
Come and see it for yourself, you won't be disappointed.
With special thanks to Ronan Developments (Clayton West), Essence Architecture (Clayton West), Seatable UK (Scissett), Bobby Dazler Signs (Skelmanthorpe), Wybone (Barnsley), Simply Lighting (Huddersfield), Brewfit (Fenay Bridge), Craig from Fever-Tree (Upper Denby), AV Flooring (Denby Dale), Ashley Interiors (Denby Dale), Denby Dale Wines, Rural Interiors (Denby Dale), Plasterline Ltd (Denby Dale), Andy Thornton's (Halifax), Dawson's (Elsecar).