New manager swaps Corsica for Clifton

Mark Alridge and Natasha Biricz at the Armytage Arms, Clifton
Mark Alridge and Natasha Biricz at the Armytage Arms, Clifton

Following the departure of Paul Haydock from the Armytage Arms, Clifton, assistant manager Mark Alridge stepped into the role and this week, after a few formalities, he hopes to have the role permanently for the Mitchell and Butler House.

“My current job title is holding manager,” Mark said. “I have my interview this week for the manager’s role and hopefully then the pub will be mine.”

Starting with the company back in December 2013, Mark said it was a busy period but business did drop during 2014. However he is pleased with the hard work that he and the team have put in over the past several months and it has paid off as the pub is busy and they are getting great feedback.

No stranger to the hospitality world, Mark has a varied CV having worked all over the world.

“I worked for the company Mark Warner and did the summer and winter seasons in many places. I ran the bars whether they be in the actual hotel resort or on the beach.

“I did summer seasons in Greece and Corsica and winter in Italy and Tignes in France.

“In Tignes the bar didn’t open until 5pm so I could spend my days skiing,” confirmed Mark.

Moving on from the seasonal work, Huddersfield-born Mark went to the Channel Islands looking for work and started off on Herme Island before going to Aldernay and then Jersey, working as the bar manager in four star hotel properties.

“I have lots of plans for the Armytage Arms should I get the job. But we do have plenty going off already,” he said.

The pub has offers every day on food and drink and is open serving breakfast from 9am every day with takeaway available.

It is also now taking bookings for Valentine’s Day with a set menu, two courses with a bottle of house wine for £15 per couple or three course for £20. It is also now taking bookings for the restaurant for five diners or more.

This evening (Thursday) it has a weekly quiz which is very popular.

It is free to enter and is general knowledge. The winning team will receive £15 in vouchers to spend on food or drink at the pub and the second prize is £5 of vouchers.

There are two hand-pulled ales on offer - Black Sheep and Younger’s IPA. The IPA is £2.10 a pint all day every day.

The pub now also has Sky Sports and BT Sports.

“I hope that in the future we can put some live music on, as I fancy doing a blues night,” added Mark.

Lots of live music, drinks offers and a quiz

l This Sunday The Beck has Ryan Spendlove supported by the Rainey Street Band from 4.30pm.

l Tonight (Thursday) at The Barge, the Jam Session is with Stuart from One Eyed Jacks. On Friday evening there will be live music from Suicide Blonde, followed on Saturday night by Crimson Stone.

Sunday evening’s entertainment is Neil Wilde’s Boogie Band.

l Eddie Geater has been on to say that he has slashed the prices at the Hare and Hounds this Friday. Staff will be selling Carling at £2.45 a pint and he has also negotiated other drinks in the pub to be reduced. Cask ale will be £2.60 a pint.

A loyalty card scheme has also been introduced for customers when buying cask ales. When you have bought ten pints and had your card stamped, you will get a free pint.

The weekly quiz that will start on Tuesday, February 3, will commence at 8.30pm and the jackpot will begin at £50. There will also be a weekly draw to win an accumulating jackpot.

l To celebrate Burns Night this Saturday at the Sun Inn, Rastrick, landlady Natalie Hayton is having a party to mark the occasion.

There will be a bagpipe player to pipe in the haggis, Scottish music and poetry readings and there will also be a good selection of whiskeys and whiskey-based cocktails on offer.

It all starts from 8pm and anyone who comes in a kilt will receive a free wee dram.