Good Times: Taking the reins at The Beck pub

New landlord at The Beck, Bradford Road, Adrian Whitworth
New landlord at The Beck, Bradford Road, Adrian Whitworth

Landlord Adrian Whitworth is settling into his new position at The Beck in Bradford Road, Brighouse.

Originally from Halifax, Adrian lived from the age of 18 through to 27 in London and was a stage manager working in the West End and travelling around the UK and Europe with productions.

Following in his parents footsteps, Adrian worked for pub chain Wetherspoons and he discovered Real Ale.

Moving back to West Yorkshire he gained experience in Real Ale pubs and The Beck is the fourth pub he has taken on in landlord capacity. “I have had the Mill Lane in Bradford, The George in Halifax and The Talbot in Tottenham,” said Adrian.

Helping out at The Pump House in Halifax, Adrian began talking with a director of the company that has The Beck in their portfolio. Over several weeks of discussions on how the pub should progress, Adrian was offered the position of landlord.

“I have introduced a Monday night quiz which is proving very popular. It is 50p per person to play and the winning team wins a gallon of ale. We also have a jackpot game called Find the Queen and the current jackpot is £250.”

Sunday sessions have also been introduced and take place the first and third Sunday in every month from 4.30pm, with one featured artist and four invited guests.

On the bar, he has five permanent real ales, two guests and two real ciders as well as your regular beers, wines and spirits. Next year there are three beer festivals in the pipeline, one to coincide with St Patrick’s Day, then the May and August Bank Holidays.

“It’s a great community based pub and we are attracting people from the Bailiff Bridge and Brighouse areas. We are family friendly, allow dogs and it’s a nice relaxed atmosphere, I am very happy with how things are going.”

Party at the Pear Tree

IT’S all go at the Pear Tree, Mirfield, where former Rastrick and Brighouse landlord Alan Ingle is preparing for his annual Bonfire Night party.

This year the event will take place on Saturday, November 9 from 6pm. Families will be able to enjoy the fireworks display from across the river and dine on traditional Bonfire Night food.

At the end of the month Alan will hand over the reins of the Dusty Miller pub that he has had under his care and attention for past few months.

“Its been a struggle to get the right balance between my number one priority, the Pear Tree, and ensuring that the Dusty Miller has been taken care off. It has got to the stage where I feel the good customer base I have built up at the Pear Tree is being neglected and I will hand over to new tenants at the end of the month.”

It won’t hopefully be too long before Alan can welcome his wife Emmy to her new home in Mirfield at the Pear Tree and Alan already has a plan for Thai Tuesdays with authentic food on offer.

l Tonight, Thursday, music at the Barge, Brighouse, will come from Mike Brown. On Friday evening it will be the turn of the popular Psychoslinkys with the Pop Criminals on Saturday night.