A resurgent pub back from the brink of extinction is looking to toast more success and pull in votes for a major competition.
Around £300,000 has been invested in The Millers Bar, Brighouse, since late 2014 when new owners took over the dying pub.
Now the canal-side venue is hoping the public will vote to help it win the title of Yorkshire’s Favourite Pub – a major county-wide competition run by tourism agency Welcome to Yorkshire.
People can vote at www.yorkshire.com/pub until June 1.
The pub, now run by the owner of neighbouring ROKT climbing centre, made it into the top 30 of the competition last time around and are hoping to draught in support to help it go one better this year.
Euan Noble, The Millers Bar owner, said: “If anyone still thinks the days of the pub are numbered, they need to visit Yorkshire.
“The industry is booming, owners are stepping up, investing, and the result is quality establishments with lots of character.
“That’s what we’re aiming to do here and it’s working.
“Turnover continues to grow and be reinvested and the feedback we get from our customers is amazing – it’s very humbling.
“Being recognised in major competitions like Yorkshire’s Favourite Pub is great for the team, the customers and the reputation of the pub – all of which helps support the local economy and create jobs.
“We are planning more investment too and hope that we’ll be recognised as a must-visit pace for food and drink.”
The pub now employs around 20 full and part time staff, serves up to 15 specialist ales on weekly turnover, offers an extensive wine list and even has its own ROKTAGON outdoor bouldering structure in the family beer garden.