Thursday, 2 May 2013

Reportage: New jobs for town as troubled Yeadon pub re-opens

Forty new jobs are to be created in Yeadon as The Clothiers starts serving on May 7.

The pub on Yeadon High Street is set to re-open as part of the JD Wetherspoon chain of pubs, bringing 40 new jobs to the area.

Manager Craig Smith preparing for The Clothiers grand re-opening

Before its closure, The Clothiers had an unsavoury reputation in the local area. But with a complete redevelopment and new pub manager Craig Smith, it is hoped that the pub will be more welcoming to families.

Mr Smith, 43, said: “The pub’s reputation took a real pounding towards the end of its life. It got known locally for the wrong things – that’s not going to happen again. We want to make sure that it’s a family-friendly environment. I know it was a great pub in the past, and I know it will be again.”

Local shopkeepers and pub landlords believe that the re-opening of The Clothiers will provide a much-needed boost to the local area. Landlady of the Crown Inn, Sarah Tiffin, 45, said: “Anything that brings more people into the centre of Yeadon is good news. We’re really pleased, it should give a real boost to the High Street.”

As well as creating jobs, it is hoped that the pub will also boost the wider economy by featuring beers from local independent breweries.

Mr Smith said: “We’re going to be celebrating local breweries. So from our first week we’re going to have an event with Leeds Brewery on Wednesday night where you get to meet the brewer. And the week after we’ll be doing the same thing with the Wharfedale brewery.”

Preview of the pub's interior

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