ONE of Huddersfield's most charismatic publicans has died.
Peter John Midwood, 59, of Netherton, was a well-known figure involved in running several of the town's pubs and restaurants over the years.
But it was his seven-year spell as owner of The Golden Cock at Farnley Tyas that really made his name and his reputation as a publican and restaurateur.
Mr Midwood, who had studied catering at Huddersfield Technical College, established the Farnley Tyas inn as a Mecca for food lovers across the region.
His menu was influenced by the specialist training he had received, firstly in Cheshire but more importantly in Switzerland, where he studied for a time under the master chef Kaufler, at the Hotel Schweizerhof in Berne.
Mr Midwood also established a reputation as a connoisseur of fine wines.
His expertise secured him the Wine Publican of the Year title in 1988.
Ironically, his pub also won the Loo Of The Year award 12 months later.
Mr Midwood had first worked in the licensed trade at The Masons Arms in Lowerhouses, where his father Kenneth had been licensee.
He took over The Golden Cock in April 1983, remaining until October 1990.
Mr Midwood later worked at The Castle Hill Hotel and at Thorpe Grange in Almondbury, as well as other pubs in Huddersfield.
He leaves a son Paul.
A funeral service takes place tomorrow afternoon at Huddersfield Crematorium.