Chimney breathes life into Colne building

Kathryn Kubiszewski, George Hooks and Chloe Hall at The Green Chimney cafe on Albert Road.
Kathryn Kubiszewski, George Hooks and Chloe Hall at The Green Chimney cafe on Albert Road.

A COLNE building that has been derelict for approximately 40 years has been transformed into a sophisticated cafe and wine bar.

The Green Chimney, in Albert Road, opened its doors to the public for the first time over the weekend.

Over the past two years, twin brothers George and Henry Hooks (26) have been working tirelessly with their family to renovate the site — which is previously thought to have been a shoe shop.

As well as offering local delicacies including fine food and drink, the venue will also play host to live music acts in its basement. It is also hoped that a frequent open mic night will be organised soon.

Henry, who currently lives in Albert Road, said: “The opening was good — people seemed to like it.

“We enjoy the Northern Quarter in Manchester, and wanted to inject that feel into Colne.

“There is nothing like it here.”

Among the guests at the launch event were Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson, Coun. Joe Cooney, Coun. Tommy Cooney, and Coun. Paul White.

Talking on Twitter following his visit, Mr Stephenson said: “Enjoyed the opening of @TheGreenChimney — a new coffee shop/wine bar on Albert Road in #Colne. Great to see another new business open”.

And Coun. Tommy Cooney added: “Enjoyed a visit to @TheGreenChimney this afternoon with @CllrJoeCooney @CllrPaulWhite @Andrew4Pendle #Pendle.”