A Morley pub has been voted as one of the top ten watering holes in Leeds.
In a poll conducted by our sister paper, the Yorkshire Evening Post, the Halfway House Inn has been selected as a finalist in the search for the city’s best drinking outlet.
The pub, on Bruntcliffe Road, finished third in last year’s vote and is in the running for popular acclaim once again.
Landlord Dave Pickering who took over the pub in October 2013 with his wife Anita after a large scale refurbishment.
Dave, who has been running pubs for 27 years said: “You’ve got to enjoy this game and I do, despite the long hours.
“The most rewarding thing about the job is meeting people, and seeing people with a smile on their face. Having a full pub means that the people are happy and it’s particularly rewarding when you hear compliments about your beers and your service.”
Reflecting on the secrets of running a successful pub, Dave’s tips sound simple enough but aspiring landlords should take them for granted at your peril.
“We get by being kind, being friendly, serving the right beers and keeping the pub clean,” he added. “If you don’t keep it clean the customers won’t come back.
“We’ve just had a new balcony put in for the summer as well for our punters to enjoy.”
Twice weekly quiz nights and Friday’s karaoke special with classic hits from years gone by all contribute heavily to the pub’s turnover and entertain its clientele, which generally ranges from adults in their late 20s up to retirement.
Dave spent a number of years working in Batley, where Anita still oversees the day to day running of one of their outlets.
To find out more about the Yorkshire Evening post poll and to vote for the Halfway House, visit the YEP website.