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Major refurbishment of The Altisidora

One of the Beverley area’s most well-known pubs, the Altisidora, in Bishop Burton, is undergoing a £400,000 refurbishment with the aim of making it a “must visit” destination for locals and visitors alike.

The Altisidora, named after a famous locally-bred racehorse which won the St Leger in 1813, closed yesterday Sunday (April 15) and workmen moved in this morning . It will reopen on Bank Holiday Monday, May 7.

Licensee Andrew Noon took over the pub in February and also runs the successful Green Dragon at Welton, which underwent a similar transformation about 18 months ago. “We want to put the country pub feeling back into what is a gorgeous country pub,” he told Beverley FM.

“We want it to be the place to wind down and relax in. I want to bring the community spirit back in to the pub.”

The 19th century whitewashed Altisidora stands in picturesque surroundings opposite the village pond and Mr Noon said the structure of the building will be left unchanged. “It’s about accentuating its wonderful features, like the beams, and keeping it in keeping with what is one of the prettiest villages around,” he said.

Food will be a major offer and Mr Noon said they also planned to bake their own cakes and make it a destination to enjoy coffee and cake at any time of the day. “Initially we will serve coffee and cake from 10am but it may be that we will also open up for breakfasts was well.”

He also said they would offer a great range of cocktails and will introduce its own beer, to be called St Leger 1813. “We have the opening planned for the May 7th bank holiday – we thought it’s a day when most people won’t be at work and we wanted to showcase something we’re really proud of.”

The Altisidora racehorse was bred by Richard Watt, of Bishop Burton, and won two of her three races as a two-year-old in 1812. She was unbeaten for the next two seasons, winning three races including the St Leger at Doncaster as a three-year-old and four as a four-year-old in 1814.

In her final season she won four of her eight races including  the Fitzwilliam Stakes at Doncaster and a King’s Plate at Richmond. She was retired to stud, where she had some impact, being the grand-dam of Ralph, the winner of the 2000 Guineas and the Ascot Gold Cup.  Altisidora died in 1825 at the age of fifteen.