A MIRFIELD pub has become a victim of its own success.
In just two-and-a-half years new landlord Alan Ingle has turned the Pear Tree around to such an extent it is bursting at the seams.
The pub in Huddersfield Road is so popular, customers complain it is too busy and are going elsewhere!
There was only one solution for 52-year-old Alan – take on another pub.
Alan, who already owns the lease on The Junction in Rastrick run by his brother Steven, 57, has now taken over the Yorkshire Puddin’ in Dunbottle Lane.
The Yorkshire Puddin’, formerly the Dusty Miller, shut down in May.
Alan re-opened the Yorkshire Puddin’ this week complete with a brand new look.
Alan said the reason behind his move for the Yorkshire Puddin’ was the enormous success of the Pear Tree.
“To be honest it had become a little bit too busy and customers were starting to complain about it,” said Alan.
“At times we couldn’t cope but that’s a lovely position to be in.
“When we first came here I was moving cars around in the car park to make it look busy when people were passing! Now the car park is usually full and people are parking on the road.”
The Pear Tree concentrates on its beer and has a 28-seat restaurant.
The Yorkshire Puddin’ is much larger – the old restaurant area seated 110 people – but Alan is moving the emphasis back towards the beer.
There will be three types of eating experience at the Yorkshire Puddin’, tapas, bistro and fine dining.
The new restaurant will be fully launched at the end of January when the pub will be re-named the Dusty Bar and Restaurant.
Alan has also agreed a deal with a local taxi firm to operate a free ‘park and ride’ between his two pubs.
“If the Pear Tree gets too busy or someone fancies a meal but we can’t fit them in, we can offer them a table at the Dusty,” said Alan.
“Or if someone drives to the Dusty and wants to leave their car – it’s a big car park – and go on for a drink at the Pear Tree they can.”
Alan said his secret was creating a nice, relaxed pub that was not too loud.
“I am a traditional landlord and I give the customer what they want,” he said.
“I always listen to what customers are saying. And for me teatime trade is very important. If you have a good teatime it can set you up for the evening.”
Alan hasn’t ruled out a third pub. “A Mirfield triangle would be nice,” he said.