ONE pub is bucking the trend of decline.
The Leggers Inn in Dewsbury is doing well despite the recent downturn in the pub trade.
Owner Gordon Lambert said the Savile Town pub is taking in £5,000 to £7,000 a week.
He believes that landlords have to be more responsive to their customers.
Gordon said: “People are leaving pubs in their droves, we need to serve their needs. We need to keep a good pint because people are getting more discerning about what they put in their mouths.
“A small business has to be flexible and needs to react to customers’ needs.”
He thinks the welcoming atmosphere at the Leggers has helped it succeed.
Gordon said: “We have friendly staff and I like to think coming here is like being in your own sitting room.”
The Leggers Inn was opened in 1998 in an old stable building by the marina in Dewsbury.
The pub has been managed by John Smithson since it opened.
Gordon believes the pub is at an advantage because it’s not owned by a large chain.
He said: “Brewery-owned pubs have to pay double what we do for a cask which is a problem because, unless you’re in a town centre, you have to produce a good product at a good cost.”