The Richard Oastler in Brighouse had a surprise visitor as Wetherspoon’s founder and chairman, Tim Martin, came to the Bethel Street pub.
Staff member Helen Cormack was one of the first notice him sit down and went over to speak to him.
“He asked about what it was like working here and if I liked my job.
“He was really down to earth and easy to speak to.”
Tim Martin was just 24 years-old when, shortly after qualifying as a barrister, he swapped the legal bar for one of his own and opened his first pub, in Muswell Hill, before establishing it as a nationwide chain over the last 30 years.
Since the introduction of the new menu 18 months ago, it has proven to be a hit with customers, so much so the pub is looking to expand and incorporate the former cafe next door.
“Even after Christmas and New Year it has been really busy and we just haven’t stopped,” said manager Amanda McKenzie.
“That’s down to the hard work of the kitchen staff and manager Jean Dunk.
“We just need more room now so we are planning knocking through to the cafe as the original doors connecting the buildings are still there.”
Plans to extend the beer garden are continuing with future fundraising events on the horizon.
The next big event at the pub will be Valentines Day with a special two dine for £20 with a choice of selected mains and desserts from the menu