Bradford Telegraph and ArgusFears over future of 'Branwell Bronte's pub' in Haworth (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)

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Fears over future of 'Branwell Bronte's pub' in Haworth

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Coun Rebecca Poulson outside the Black Bull in Haworth Coun Rebecca Poulson outside the Black Bull in Haworth

A change of tenant at an iconic Brontë pub has prompted fears over its future.

Owners Enterprise Inns acted to quash rumours that the beloved watering hole in Haworth was in danger of closing.

Spokesman Amy Dolphin said the Bull, a regular haunt of Brontë brother Branwell in the 19th century, was popular with both locals and tourists.

She said the Midlands-based company was actively seeking an experienced publican to take over the pub from its existing tenant.

The Black Bull lies at the top of Main Street, in front of the parish church where the Brontë sisters’ father Patrick was minister.

Concern over the pub’s future was sparked at the weekend by the appearance of a “to let” sign outside.

Graham Smith, who runs the Brontë Media website, tweeted that there was a “very real danger” the Black Bull could be Haworth’s first pub closure.

Brontë fans on both sides of the Atlantic added their fears about the pub’s future.

Amy Dolphin yesterday said: “The Black Bull has a loyal local trade and benefits from being a destination pub for the tourists.

“We are actively recruiting for an experienced publican with the ability and ambition to develop this traditional community pub.”

Councillor Rebecca Poulsen (Con, Worth Valley), described the recruitment drive as “very positive”.

She said: “The Black Bull is a historic building and the residents are concerned because of its links to the Brontës.

“People visit for the history, but tourists don’t come all the time and it needs to attract local people too.

“There’s a lot of competition in that part of Main Street, it has to be a combination of good food, drink and service.”

John Huxley, chairman of Haworth, Stanbury and Cross Roads Parish Council, hoped a new tenant could be found.

But he added: “The pub trade is in a very parlous state. It must be a very difficult way to earn a living.

“The Black Bull is part of Haworth’s history and an integral part of the tourist offer. We want to keep its historic links, but provide excellence for the village.”

Enterprise Inns plans to hold an open day for prospective tenants this Thursday from noon to 1pm.

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12:38pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Mixter says...

I can remember when you couldnt get in the door here. And it wasnt because the 'heavies' on the door were over-enthusiastic. It used to be heaving in the 80's.

If the other pubs can make a go, why cant this one. It needs someone older than about 25 who knows the licencsed trade, and to get the food right.

And, not charge 'tourist prices' for the bloody ale!
I can remember when you couldnt get in the door here. And it wasnt because the 'heavies' on the door were over-enthusiastic. It used to be heaving in the 80's. If the other pubs can make a go, why cant this one. It needs someone older than about 25 who knows the licencsed trade, and to get the food right. And, not charge 'tourist prices' for the bloody ale! Mixter
  • Score: 4

3:54pm Tue 4 Mar 14

samosa says...

Went there for my birthday last Oct, £3.50 per pint and the food was vastly overpriced, over thickened sauce on my beef bourginone which could be sliced, if they improve the quality and half the portions and prices they'd do better, it was haloween so not even high season
Went there for my birthday last Oct, £3.50 per pint and the food was vastly overpriced, over thickened sauce on my beef bourginone which could be sliced, if they improve the quality and half the portions and prices they'd do better, it was haloween so not even high season samosa
  • Score: 2

6:44pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Staffords Hairpiece says...

If the truth be known, the Black Bull has been awful for years. It used to be a pleasant, nicely decorated pub but then the pub company that runs it decided "to do it up". They gutted it, knocking down walls to make bigger rooms but in the process removed all the character that it used to have and turned it into a soulless place that looks exactly like hundreds of other pubs around the UK.
If new tenants are found, and lets hope they are, they will have to work hard to turn this into a pub which can be enjoyed by not just the day-trippers but the locals as well.
If the truth be known, the Black Bull has been awful for years. It used to be a pleasant, nicely decorated pub but then the pub company that runs it decided "to do it up". They gutted it, knocking down walls to make bigger rooms but in the process removed all the character that it used to have and turned it into a soulless place that looks exactly like hundreds of other pubs around the UK. If new tenants are found, and lets hope they are, they will have to work hard to turn this into a pub which can be enjoyed by not just the day-trippers but the locals as well. Staffords Hairpiece
  • Score: 3

7:33pm Tue 4 Mar 14

hx3bantam says...

PubCo's don't give a **** about the landlord or the customer. They are in it for maximum gain and they screw the landlord into the ground as they can't compete with non-tied houses. I doubt they care about the heritage either. Didn't they close C.S. Lewis's favourite boozer in Worcestershire? Time they brought in legislation that limits these vultures to a certain number of pubs they can own or let the landlords compete on a level playing field. They are a cancer on the industry.
Just check out this Amy Dolphin on Google and you see she spouts the same guff all the time, all over the country. She's just Enterprise Inns Apologist.
PubCo's don't give a **** about the landlord or the customer. They are in it for maximum gain and they screw the landlord into the ground as they can't compete with non-tied houses. I doubt they care about the heritage either. Didn't they close C.S. Lewis's favourite boozer in Worcestershire? Time they brought in legislation that limits these vultures to a certain number of pubs they can own or let the landlords compete on a level playing field. They are a cancer on the industry. Just check out this Amy Dolphin on Google and you see she spouts the same guff all the time, all over the country. She's just Enterprise Inns Apologist. hx3bantam
  • Score: 3

8:13pm Tue 4 Mar 14

single says...

As i read through the article i just knew one name would crop up ,and it did ENTERPRISE this company has been responsible for the demise of the british local ,and no one seems able to stop them .
As i read through the article i just knew one name would crop up ,and it did ENTERPRISE this company has been responsible for the demise of the british local ,and no one seems able to stop them . single
  • Score: 1

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