A PUBLICAN from Eldwick has vowed to make his pub an ode to the “hustling and bustling” taverns of days gone by.

Adam Reay, who took over The Acorn just 10 weeks ago, has high hopes it will become the new “village community pub”.

The general manager has already scooped a prestigious award for the quality of their beer.

It was awarded the Cask Marque accreditation for serving the perfect pint of cask conditioned ale.

He said: “We’re a community pub - just like a local back in the day where the pub was the central point in the community.

“A lot of pubs that are just drinks focused they’ve lost that community feel.

"This is a local pub for local people.

“It’s a good meeting place. In the winter we’ve got a log fire.

“I’ve introduced open mic night which is every two weeks on a Thursday. Local musicians are able to play and share their talent.”

The pub owner has also launched a weekly quiz when he sports his sparkly silver 'quiz jacket' as the master as well as a “massive” selection of premium spirits.

He said: “Everybody having a laugh, that nice community vibe - that’s what my pub has now got.”

And the publican is hopeful this Summer’s charity music festival will boost the vibe even more.

The pub will bring Eldwick and Gilstead residents together for Manorlands Hospice in Keighley.

The day of live music on August 3 will feature The Con Men, Hit The Lights, The Rocket Blues Band and more - starting up at 1pm sharp.

He said: “I just think it’s important for local communities and also to keep local pubs alive.

“It’s important for the local community and the economy for people to be spending money in the village and supporting. In turn as a pub we’re trying to support other businesses where possible."

The pub, part of Pickles Pubs, has just four staff which means everyone knows one another on first name terms.

Adam said: "It’s nice for the staff because they get to know everybody."

Graham Brewster, a Bingley-based regular, is overjoyed by Adam's pub transformation.

He said: " Adam has now run the pub for a few months. His efforts show what can be done with hard work, a lively mind and desire.

"The Acorn is a clean, indeed spotless, establishment. Adam's endeavours are a credit to himself and his staff and the increase in customer numbers reflect their hard work.Try a visit - you will enjoy it."