New look for historic Leeds pub as JD Wetherspoon buys Old Unicorn

The Old Unicorn, Bramley.
The Old Unicorn, Bramley.
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The OLD Unicorn pub in Bramley will close tomorrow, after being sold to a pub chain and is set to undergo a £1.6 million make-over.

Keighley brewer Timothy Taylor has sold the pub to JD Wetherspoon. The sale completes on Thursday.

All existing staff have been offered employment.

The popular pub chain and eaterie says there is no planned opening date at present.

A spokesman for Wetherspoon said: “We are applying for planning and licensing permission to redevelop the pub and double its size and will not have an on site or open date until planning and licensing permission is obtained.”

Wetherspoon is to spend £1.6 million redeveloping the existing pub. Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin said: “We have enjoyed great success in Yorkshire and are delighted to be purchasing another pub, with the aim of developing it into a Wetherspoon outlet.”

Timothy Taylor’s bought the Old Unicorn in 2006 from Musgrave & Sagar Ltd, an old Leeds company which was founded in 1793 as a malting and brewing business.

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