Good Times: New manager is at The George

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Brighouse welcomes new manager Carol Lofthouse to The George on Commercial Street and one of the most popular hostelries in the town.

She comes to the pub accompanied by her son Nathan, 27.

Carol said: “We always run pubs as a family and have done for the last two years.

“I started a couple of years ago volunteering at the RAOB club in Bradford while I did some training, then at the Fire Brigade in Bradford.

“I also did six weeks relief cover at The Shepherds Arms in Cowcliffe before heading to Doncaster to cover at a pub there for a short spell.

“I worked for Matthew Parkinson previously when I ran The Victorian in Saltaire until July; then when he had arranged permanent cover I returned to a previous employer.

“It was then when I was at the Shoulder of Mutton in Gomersal when Matthew approached me about The George.

“I came to have a look several times and I decided to take it. I wanted the opportunity to have a town center pub.”

The plans are to have the pub back serving meals in the New Year as well as offering coffee mornings.

They still have entertainment Friday to Sunday and customers have also noted the small refurbishment the pub has had which includes the ladies toilets being fully done throughout, the gents have had a lick of paint and there is new flooring in front of the bar.

Carol said that they have been receiving plenty of positive feedback from the customers, especially as the drinks prices have also been reduced, with John Smith’s Smooth at £2 a pint and lagers from £2.10 daily.

Free pool is also on offer seven days a week.

On New Year’s Eve DJ Derek will be providing a disco and karaoke for you to dance and sing in the New Year.

Rachel Bray, owner at Jeremy’s, had to close her doors on Boxing Day afternoon due to the flooding in the Brighouse Canal Basin area.

“Customers were sat drinking as the water began to come in,” said Rachel.

After two days cleaning, the plan was for the poplar venue to be back open yesterday (Wednesday) as they waited for a loss adjuster to visit, which was delayed due to the Christmas break.

The New Year’s Eve party will go ahead as planned and there are still a few tickets remaining.

Complete with disco ball, Bootylicious will be going all out with a mix of dance floor hits, mainly from the 90s, to take you into 2016. 
Tickets are priced at £15 each. 
Tonight (Thursday) to bring in the New Year, The Barge has Empress to entertain followed on Janauary 2 by Retrospectre. On Sunday Cue Ball Katz will take to the stage.

Former Rastrick landlady Natalie Hayton at The Duke of York in Shelf is hosting a New Year’s Eve Party night with two DJ’s.

There will also be a raffle with the chance to win a £100 bar tab which expires the end of January so don’t worry about drinking it all in one go.

There will also be drinks offers on the night and at midnight there will be a balloon pop and drop in which you can win free prizes.
At the Millers Bar they have a free party with DJ St on the decks and there will be a piper to bring in the New Year.
Few spaces remain at The Casa for their New Year’s Eve celebrations with the fun starting at 7pm. They have a fabulous Las Vegas themed party which includes fizz on arrival, up-close magician, casino tables, three-course meal, live band and late night disco.

Tickets are available to buy direct at the venue.


Finally, a Happy New Year to all my readers and the many pubs and clubs across the readership area of the Echo.