Good Times: The Crown is in safe hands

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The Crown at Lane Head has a new manager at the helm in for the form of Marcia Staples who is running the pub along with son Paul, 22, and his girlfriend, Christian Stanley, also works at the pub.

The family have moved from Leeds after running the Thomas Osbourne which was formally The Streets of Leeds at Roundhay.

“We were there for 18 months and we put the pub on the straight and narrow and doubled the turnover, so in turn the rent was put up and it was our time to leave,” said Marcia.

Part of the Enterprise Inn group, Marcia took on the Crown some six weeks ago after leaving the pub at Roundhay and having a three week break to mull things over.

Marcia said: “We were not going to make a rash decision. Enterprise offered us the Crown and said to us on the Monday you can have the keys Thursday of the same week and so we took the pub without visiting.

“We knew two things that swung it for us, there were plenty of chimney pots around, so customers to serve and it was a real ale house, which is what we love. We wanted a pub that we could put live music on as well. I walked into the Crown on the Thursday and my first impressions were great; I love it and I like the feel of it.”

The Sunday night karaoke has been replaced with a quiz which has been better received and there is a live band once a month.

For their first live band last week, Marcia brought in The Cardinals, a Pudsey-based band and thanks to Facebook group Brighouse Banter got the word out and the band played to a packed house.

The pub’s next live music event is February 20 when they have male solo artist Wayne Gee, a rock and roll singer.

On the bar the pub has five real ales available including Tetley’s and Blond Witch.

At present Marcia has made some tweaks while they settle in that includes make the pub dog friendly.

The opening hours of The Crown are Monday to Thursday 3pm to close and Friday to Sunday from noon to close.

Matt Parkinson informs me that he has been getting his hands dirty bringing the kitchen up to scratch at The George. There’s a new menu in place, with main meals on offer at two for £11 and lunch is served from noon to 4pm Monday to Saturday.

They also have a breakfast menu which will runs from 10am until noon with sausage butties and bacon butties at £1.99. All the food is homemade.

This Friday they have the well-liked DJ Derek with his disco and karaoke, then on Saturday DJ Thom will be at the pub hosting a disco and karaoke. There is a live singer on Sunday from 5pm.

The January sale is still running with a loyalty card, buy nine drinks get one free.

In February the pub will have another deal in line with the Six Nations rugby. On a match day you can enjoy two pints of Guinness for £5 and this offer will run through to St Patrick’s Day.

Landlady at The Duke of York, Shelf, Natalie Hayton has been in touch, and the pub is being launched as a steak house restaurant and bar from Wednesday, February 4. Food service has stopped at present while the restaurant is decorated and the kitchen is set up for becoming a steak house.

The launch party is on February 4, starting at 7pm and there will be some taster free samples, plus raffles for meals and music to entertain.

You can book a table and if you book in the first week you will get 10 per cent off all meals.

With it being the last Saturday of the month there is live band on this weekend. An acoustic set with the amazing ‘Two boys one box’, they are on from 9pm. Bookings are also now open for Valentine’s Day and there will be an acoustic singer in the restaurant to serenade you.