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Take a look inside Driffield’s newest bar – The Crooked Tap

Nearly 12 months after renovation work started at Driffield’s former NatWest building, the general manager of The Crooked Tap has told the Wolds Weekly he’s looking forward to welcoming customers to a bar that has something for all members of the community.

Having first bought the lease to 28 Market Place in January 2021, owners Crooked Brewing will finally be able to open the doors to the Capital of the Wolds’ newest pub today (16th September).

Serving craft beers, wine, gin, spirits and non-alcoholic drinks, The Crooked Tap is Crooked Brewing’s second venture, with a bar under the same name operating successfully in Acomb, a suburb of York.

We’ll mainly be serving craft beer – nice pale ales and stouts – from breweries all over the country, including local ones.

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After purchasing the lease to one of Driffield’s most iconic buildings – one which had stood empty since June 2018 – Crooked Brewing were quickly given a premises licence.

A delay in planning permission being granted and subsequent supply issues meant the grand opening of the Crooked Tap had to be put back.

However, with the transformation of the building from a bank to a modern bar complete and seven vacancies filled, The Crooked Tap is ready to offer Driffield what Crooked Brewing director Steve Dawson previously told the Wolds Weekly would be ‘a high-quality, city centre-style night out’.

Strider Aspin, general manager, explained how he is looking to create a Crooked Tap family that will grow over the coming weeks, months and years.

“We can’t wait to welcome the public later this week and there’s not long to go now,” said Strider.

“Although I’ve not had a lot to do with the redevelopment of the building, I believe it’s been a difficult process.

“It’s taken a long time and the issues the owners have had to overcome will be part of the reason for that.

“They took on the building in January 2021 and renovation started in the October, so it’s been nearly a year just to get to this point.

“It’s looking good and we’re very pleased with it. I can’t wait to get going. It’s going to be fun.

“We’ll start off slowly. There won’t be any live music to begin with, but after a couple of weeks we’ll start bringing that in, as well as some pop-ups.

“Customers can expect friendly service, including table service.

“People can come to the bar, but the aim is to get people sat down and we’ll bring the drinks to you.

“There’ll be good chat. We’re looking to build a nice community here and hopefully the staff will be able to go around meeting people and, in turn, they can introduce people to each other.

“The tables we have installed are good for that kind of thing as a number of different groups can sit on them at the same time and everyone can chat.

“We want it to be a nice place to come, a safe place and a welcoming place. There will be no trouble in here as far as I’m concerned, just a good night out.”

As well as serving Crooked Brewing’s own beers, the bar will showcase other Yorkshire breweries, as well as those from further afield.

This will go alongside local craft gins, ciders and wines, all served in a modern setting.

Once established, the plan is to invite food pop-ups, as well as offer customers the chance to use the space for almost whatever they wish.

Strider said it’s now down to the people of Driffield to make The Crooked Tap ‘their’ bar.

“We’ll mainly be serving craft beer – nice pale ales and stouts – from breweries all over the country, including local ones,” he said.

“In the future, the plan is to have a lot of our own beers on. Eventually, we’ll have a fridge stocked full of cans that people can buy and takeaway with them, as they would in an off-licence.

“The back bar will mainly be sourced from Yorkshire, including gins and vodka.

“We’re keen to do pop-ups with local food vendors and anything else that people want to do.

“If someone wants to hold a market in here, then that’s fine.

“It’s a space that we want to use, so we’ll look at doing a quiz and some bingo once in a while, just lots of activities that will keep people interested.

“We will look at anything – clothes swaps, board game nights.

“We’re excited to open. I’ve always said this place will be what the people of Driffield make it.

“Bars are their clients and I’m sure there are lots of lovely people in Driffield ready to make it their space.

“If people have ideas of what they would like to do, they just have to tell us and we’ll see what we can do.”

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