Yet another manager leaves Huddersfield's Albert pub
Feb 24 2010 by Barry Gibson, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
Yet another manager leaves the Albert
A CRISIS-HIT pub will have yet another change of management.
Licensee Gareth Riley is leaving the Albert just months after taking over at the town centre bar.
Mr Riley, 25, and his partner Samantha Yates have been forced to move back to Harrogate at two weeks’ notice.
He said: “I’m very, very disappointed. It’s ridiculous when I’ve moved my life over here to Huddersfield.
“I’ve got the trade up in the last three months, but I don’t feel like I’ve been given a very good go here.”
Mr Riley took over at the Albert in December, hoping to bring some stability to a pub which has had a string of managers in the last few years.
The pub in Victoria Lane in the town centre closed without warning in 2006, 2007 and 2009.
The Albert is owned by pub company Enterprise Inns and run by Intrepid Leisure. However, control of the pub has been passed to Wetherby-based ABC, which has decided to get rid of Mr Riley and his deputy Michelle Neesom.
He said: “I got a phone call on February 11 explaining that we would have to leave by February 23. The new company has decided to bring in its own management, but I don’t see why they can’t keep me on.
“This will be the fourth or fifth manager which the pub has had in the last year. I hope it doesn’t have a negative effect.”
Mr Riley, who managed the Harlow Gata in Harrogate before taking over at the Albert, is moving back to North Yorkshire.
He said: “I’ve been offered a job as second chef at the Kestrel in Harrogate. There are no management jobs around at all. If I had the money I would stay in Huddersfield because I absolutely love the place.
“Michelle is moving back to Harrogate as well. She’s found some part-time bar work.”
Mr Riley said he was unsure what would happen to the Albert’s barman Cory Allert and chef Damon McManus, but he hoped they would keep their jobs.
Enterprise Inns declined to comment.