COLUMN: Good Times with Emily Anderson

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Manager of The Beck, Paul Dickinson, says the pub is going from strength to strength.

Since taking over from former manager, Adrian Whitworth, 16 weeks ago, Paul has kept up the hard work Adrian had put in to building up the pub and he is pleased as punch at how busy the vintage Brighouse hostelry now is.

The owner of The Beck, on Bradford Road, also has the Spotted Cow at Drighlington, and Paul had been cellar manager for 30 years when he was asked to go work at The Beck, on a Monday through to Wednesday, after Adrian left.

Paul said: “The customers have really taken to me and although this is the first time I have managed a pub everything just fell into place. I was made redundant from the job I held full time in a warehouse, whilst doing the cellar and bar work, when I was asked to come to The Beck,”

After having such a good response from the customers and the owners of the property not having much luck in finding another manager, the pub’s regulars asked if Paul could stay on.

Paul and his wife June, upped sticks from Bradford and have moved to Brighouse, with June retaining her job of 18 years as a housekeeper for Premier Inn at Gildersome.

Paul added: “We are mainly selling real ales now, we do have a couple of lagers but there isn’t much call for them.

“I also have four cracking members of staff who are very supportive and I couldn’t ask for a better bunch of customers, and to sum it all up, it is all going great.”

Since taking over he has hosted his first Real Ale Festival and this weekend to coincide with the Brighouse Brass Band weekend, Paul will have a Brass and Beer Festival, on Friday which will start from 6.30pm.

The Sunday acoustic sessions are still going well and this Sunday from 4pm they have the Rainey Street Band.

Tonight (Thursday) at The Barge they have the weekly jam session with the Psychoslinkys, followed on Friday night by The Man in the Street. Saturday’s live music comes from Selah Sounds and the live entertainment wraps up on Sunday evening with Pink Peg Slax.

At the George this Saturday night they have karaoke with Debs followed by a live singer on Sunday afternoon from 4pm. The pub’s kitchen will reopen this Monday selling value for money home cooked food.

Natalie Hayton is still waiting to find out what will happen next at The Sun Inn, Rastrick.

The pub was put back to tender in early June and once again Natalie entered a sealed bid along with two others but now Enterprise have decided to auction the pub off this month, so once again Natalie is playing the waiting game.

In the meantime it is business as usual and this Friday night they have a new DJ who will also host Play Your Cards Right. A charity night is also in the planning at the pub to be held on July 25, so watch this space for further news.

This Friday night at Jeremy’s they have the Hard Rock Outlaws on stage from 9.30pm. They will be playing music from the likes of Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Iron Maiden and ACDC.

On Saturday evening The Z List will be entertaining bring you music from Journey, Fleetwood Mac and many more. From 4pm on Sunday afternoon there will be an acoustic session from Matt Baxter.

The Millers Bar will have their food launch night this Friday. They invite you to join them in celebration of the grand unveiling of The Millers menu and dining. You will be treated to tasting some of their finest delicacies including tuna steak teriyaki, wild boar, gourmet halloumi, prime Scottish steak and The Millers Killer Filler complimented by fine wines. The new head chef, Chris Brumby, will be delighted to welcome you to The Millers Bar.+