A Brighouse pub which six months ago was on the verge of extinction has been voted as one of the best in Yorkshire after making it into the top 30 of a major competition.
The Millers Bar opened just a few months ago after new owners Euan Noble and Leigh Topping – who also run ROKT Climbing Gym next door – took it over.
Following an investment of around £200,000, the overhaul saw the dying pub completely transformed and brought back to life.
And after securing a host of public votes in the popular Yorkshire’s Favourite Pub competition – run by tourism agency Welcome to Yorkshire – the pub beat off hundreds of others to make the final 30, just missing out on the top 10.
The pub has created three full time and eight part time jobs and with the upcoming installation of the new kitchen thanks to a further investment of around £50,000, it will soon employ around 10 people full time.
Euan Noble, The Millers Bar joint-owner, said: “To think where this pub was a year ago to now being voted one of the best in the whole of Yorkshire is astounding. There’s been a huge amount of work, blood sweat and tears, not to mention investment, but every day when we open the doors we feel proud.
“It was a risk investing this much into a pub many thought would close forever, but there is an appetite for people to visit good pubs doing good things.”