They’re among the best-known pubs in the Huddersfield area.
Now the Sands House at Crosland Hill, The Golden Cock at Farnley Tyas, Grange Moor’s Kaye Arms and The Bull’s Head at Blackmoorfoot have been given a new lease of life.
The four pubs have been brought together by business partners and tenants Mark Oldfield, his wife Clare and Ricardo Victor under the banner Holme Valley Inns.
And the ambitious partners will soon add a fifth with the Beaumont Arms at Kirkheaton due to join the iconic list in November.
Holme Valley Inns has worked with the pubs’ owners – Enterprise Inns for The Sands House and The Kaye Arms; Punch Taverns for The Golden Cock and The Beaumont Arms; and Star Pubs & Bars for The Bull’s Head – to refurbish the inns and revive their reputation for fine food and drink.
The most recent addition to Holme Valley Inns is The Sands House which faced a bleak future until they stepped into the breach just a few weeks ago after the pub’s previous tenant left and an arson attack caused minor damage.
Mr Oldfield said: “It was closed for a while but Enterprise Inns has refurbished it and we have relaunched it and have now been open for a few weeks. We have had a tremendous response. It has been an instant hit and the reaction to the new menu and the style of the place has been very positive.”
Mark and Ricardo met three years ago and have a combined 50 years experience in the hospitality sector to formulate Holme Valley Inns.
They acquired the The Bull’s Head in November, 2011, with business partners and operators Anthony Ribouton and Melanie Pepper. They added The Golden Cock in April, 2012, which is operated by Ricardo and his wife Anneli before adding The Kaye Arms in October, 2013, with business partners and operators Steve Turner and Rachel Grimes.
The Beaumont Arms will join the ‘stable’ of pubs this autumn with a major refurbishment planned before it opens in November.
Ricardo, born in Porto, Portugal has more than 22 years experience in hospitality across Europe working at award-winning five-star hotels, including The Ritz in London and Cotswolds 88 in Gloucestershire – the boutique hotel which has hosted high-profile events. Ricardo was voted Britain’s top food and beverage manager by Visit Britain in 2011.
Mark has 28 years experience in the pub sector in management, marketing, finance, development and acquisition roles and worked for Allied Domecq for many years before becoming director of Hobgoblin/Wychwood Brewery. He has been self-employed for the past 12 years, running his own businesses. bars and pubs.
Clare hails from a retail background. A former area manager and buyer, she spent the past 15 years in national account management before joining Holme Valley Inns full-time in April to manage marketing and promotion, project management of new sites and ensure high standards of presentation and service across the group.
Mr Oldfield said Holme Valley Inns was giving a new lease of life to some of the area’s iconic pubs. “We are giving them the full treatment and bringing them back to what they should be,” he said.
Mr Oldfield agreed the pub trade was struggling generally, with many long-established inns closing, being demolished or converted to new uses.
He said: “The pubs that are struggling are not doing the right things – offering good fresh food, fantastic service and value for money. But there’s a very healthy ‘eating out’ market in the Huddersfield area and a number of venues are lifting their game.”