DRINKERS will soon be taking a step back in time when they order their pints at a Hillhouse pub.
The Slubbers Arms is bringing back a traditional bell push ordering system, which has not been found in pubs for years.
The drinker presses a bell near their seat to summon the barman, who comes to take their order.
The Slubbers Arms has three bars – the bar parlour, tap room and smoke room.
Each room has three bells and, when one is rung, displays behind the bar show which room the order has come from.
The bell system is currently being restored by new tenants Tony Court and Nick Mears.
Tony said: “We’ve inherited a great little pub with fascinating memorabilia. We are in the process of restoring a bell push system. When it’s up and running properly, customers will be able to ring for service!”
Tony and Nick are trying hard to keep the character of the pub and you will not find distractions such as TV, piped music or fruit machines there.
However, they are making changes – developing a small meeting room, extending the small beer garden and providing a real fire in the pub’s traditional Yorkshire range for when the winter nights draw in.
While they want to keep the pub looking traditional, they are not blind to the demands of today’s customers.
The pair, who ran a bar and restaurant in Spain for five years, are keen to use their experience to keep The Slubbers Arms thriving.
One major difference will be opening the pub all day from noon to 11pm and serving food throughout the day.
Nick said: “Good quality simple pub grub, complemented by a selection of cask ales, is our aim.”
Pub owner Keighley-based brewer Timothy Taylor seems happy with the way the new tenants are handling the venue.
Tied estate manager Andrew Daykin said: “The Slubbers has real potential which I’m sure Tony and Nick will exploit to the full.”