The Old Hall Hotel at Hope suffered a serious fire on Friday 10th April, thought to be caused by a fault on the deep fat fryer which saw the extractor fan blow a fireball up into the roof space. Part of the room and two of the hotel rooms were destroyed in the blaze and at the time of writing there was no estimate as to when the kitchen is likely to reopen, however landlord Rick Ellison and a dedicated team of staff got straight to work as soon as the Fire Brigade had finished and following a deep clean and some electrical work they managed to get the bar back open within 24 hours! Rick publically thanked his staff and members of the local community for their help and support and is very proud of how quick the bar reopened in the pub. There is still however a bit of building work to be done in the weeks ahead to get the full hotel back in business although three of the hotel rooms are unaffected, we assume customers unable to get food or accommodation at the Old Hall will be directed up the road to Rick’s other pub & hotel, the Peaks in Castleton. You can still visit the Old Hall for a drink as the bar is operating normally and we are looking forward to their Spring bank holiday beer & cider festival at the end of May.