Celebrations at the Pear Tree

Landlord Alan Ingle, wife Emmy and stepson Matey celebrating their first Christmas together as a family. Regulars and staff at the Peartree toasting the couple.
Landlord Alan Ingle, wife Emmy and stepson Matey celebrating their first Christmas together as a family. Regulars and staff at the Peartree toasting the couple.

Mine host Alan Ingle at The Pear Tree, Battyeford, is celebrating this Christmas in style as his wife of 14 months, Emmy and step son Matey, who were granted a visa at the end of October to finally come to the UK, will be by his side.

“This Christmas will be fantastic as I have Emmy and Matey with me. Since I took over the Pear Tree five years ago I have always dined with the eaters in the restaurant and my friend Michael (Hinchcliffe), aka Little Mickey,” said Alan.

Enjoying their first taste of a Christmas dinner, wife Emmy said: “I like English food. It is different but nice, and my son Matey has settled in very easily.

“He loves English food, especially fish and chips.”

There is only one sitting on Christmas Day as Alan does not like to rush his 40 guests.

“We will start with a champagne reception followed by hors d’oeuvres and then the main event.

“The pub will be also open for any persons wanting a drink before they dine in their own homes from noon until 5pm,” he added.

Boxing Day lunch is booked up with groups in the restaurant but Alan has said should some small groups or couples come in wanting a bite to eat they will always find room at the inn.

As it is a great day for sport on Boxing Day, Alan is pleased he has all Sky Sports installed and can, of course, pull down the big screen for all to enjoy.

For the rest of the festive season it is business as usual at the pub.

“It’s my fifth Christmas here and we know what works and that is good food and drink in nice surroundings and that is what my customers want.

“I look forward to the new year and signing a ten to twenty year lease,” he said.

Marsha and her staff at The Old Ship on Bethel Street would like to thank everyone for their continued support in 2014.

“The Old Ship Inn has sailed through some stormy waters this year and is now a thriving local pub with some wonderful characters. We look forward to updating the interior in 2015 and announcing a new food solution,” confirmed landlady Marsha.

The pub is open as normal throughout the Christmas period with the exception of Christmas Day and New Year’s Day when it will be closed.

“We will have our two pub favourites, Saltaire Blonde and Black Sheep, available at £2.80 a pint as normal,” added Marsha.

Assistant Manager Jonny Hayes at The Calder informs Good Times on Christmas Eve it has a Christmas party with a DJ playing until late, and Christmas jumpers are a must.

The pub will be closed on Christmas Day.

On Boxing Day the pub will open from 10am and in the evening it is having a “Pyjamarama Extravaganza” pyjama party, again with a DJ playing until late.

On Sunday, December 28, it’s Soulful Sunday, a relaxing evening with the best of Northern Soul, Motown, Jazz, 60s, 70s, 80s and all the good easy listening music, plus a DJ playing from 7pm until late.

Landlady Natalie Hayton at The Sun Inn, Rastrick, has confirmed it will be open from noon until late everyday from Christmas Eve until Monday, January 5, apart from Christmas Day when it will be open from noon until 3pm.

Landlord Karl Rowley and brother Michael are having a busy festive season as they are fully booked for Christmas Day and Boxing Day but are open as usual the rest of the time.

The bar is open from noon to 3pm and then from 7.30pm to 10.30pm on Christmas Day and as normal on Boxing Day.

Owner Rachel Bray from Jeremy’s at the Boathouse informs on Christmas Eve it’s party night with one of their favourite bands, Soundtown, playing popular covers to dance the night away.

Live music returns on the Saturday night with Bad Asteroids, an energetic band playing upbeat funky tunes.

Then you can chill on Sunday afternoon after all the Christmas festivities with James Finn Acoustic.

New Year’s Eve its the ever popular Funkifive. This event is ticket only to include a glass of bubbly on arrival and canapes at 8pm. Numbers are limited so don’t forget to buy your ticket at only £10.

On Wednesday, December 24 at The Barge, Mick Brown from the Psychoslinkys will perform an acoustic gig.

On Boxing Day rock band Storm will be at the pub, followed on Saturday night by The Carnival.

On Sunday it has the Ziggi Battles Josh Joy Show.