I called in to see Karl Rowley at The Shepherds Arms, Cowcliffe, just over the hill from Rastrick and he, along with brother and business partner Michael, are pleased to announce that after almost 12 months of running the pub under Enterprise Inns, they have done a deal to take the pub on permanently and become a free house.
The “cheffing brothers” have been all over Yorkshire serving their culinary delights but more locally, The Clough House at Rastrick, Rising Sun in Scholes and The Globe on Rastrick Common.
“Its great that we are becoming a free house and no longer tied to where we buy our beer etc from. It also means we can actually start to plan more now that we are staying,” said Karl.
They will now look to put a new roof on the restaurant, some new flooring in areas and also re-decorate the eating area as well as giving the pub an overall spruce up.
“We went all out on the floral displays outside the pub this summer which were done by a handyman we use called John and a retired gardener, Ian.
“There was over £1,000 spent on flowers and we have already planned to go bigger and better next summer with a tiered effect and cascades of flowers. The local villagers have all commented on how much better the pub is since we took over.”
This week sees the launch of their Autumn/Winter menu and Karl also informs that his festive menus are now out but Christmas Day is fully booked and Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve are also filling nicely.
There were also celebrations as the pub hit number one on Trip Advisor in the Huddersfield area.
The pub also has a Facebook page which is updated weekly with menus and forthcoming events.
A quiz is now established on a Wednesday evening with a bottle of wine and £20 for the winners and a Play Your Cards Right jackpot question.
In the restaurant, theme nights will also make a return with food on offer from many countries.
The regulars recently enjoyed a trip to Ripon racecourse that was organised by Karl and something they would all like to repeat next year.
Going forward, Karl and Michael are also looking at passing on their expertise by taking on an apprentice in the kitchen.