Pair provide pub catering service

Barge and Barrel, Park Road, Elland.
Barge and Barrel, Park Road, Elland.

Carmen and Helena, who until recently were cooks at Milry’s in Brighouse, have set up Elite Catering Services.

From next week they will be turning out meals at the Barge and Barrel, Elland Bridge and later this month from sister public house, the Junction Inn, Rastrick.

The Barge and Barrel, which has taken such a knock following the December floods, is now showing its buds of spring as people come back and use the footbridge.

With its real ales and food from local suppliers now the order of the day, its brand new menu will be up and running on Wednesday, April 13.

Also planned just down the line are Sunday carvery’s, while up at the Junction, host Phil Ward is having the electrician in over the next week to finish off the brand new kitchen.

Carmen and Helena will then be able to weave their culinary magic then on the ever increasing clientele he is wooing to the public house since its refurbishment.

Meanwhile, this Saturday night at the Junction Georgia Farrar is on acoustic guitar knocking out her lively foot tapping numbers.

Brighouse Sports and Social Club will hold their first club social night of the year on Friday April 15 in the function room.

Local singer Caitlen Bailey will be performing. Tickets are £8 for adults and £4 for children - this includes a hot supper provided by Adele and Rob. Tickets can be purchased from behind the bar.

Tonight (Thursday) at the Barge they have their weekly jam session followed on Friday evening with live music from Fiery Jack.

On Saturday night Northern Rokk will take to the stage and Sunday evening’s live music comes from the Memphis Cruisers.

The newly re-opened refurbished Old Mill on Wakefield Road has introduced a new menu.

And after last year’s fantastic feedback on the pub’s Seafood Festival, they have decided to repeat it again this year for the whole month of April.

There is a selection of fish and seafood delights available from a set menu, with starters, mains and puddings included.

The Premier Inn, next door, is now open once more after those horrendous floods.

The Starkey family at The Four Sons Inn on the Rastrick/Fixby border are enjoying running their new venture. The five months of hard work gutting the old worn out Clough House pub to its finished product and opening have been more than worth it as the hostelry has been greatly received by the locals.

Next on the agenda is getting the kitchen up and running.

It’s currently undergoing its refurbishment but the chefs are in place and menus are being finalised with the first meals hoping to be served in May.