A “FANTASTIC” response is how David Sykes described the reaction to the re-opening of one of Saddleworth’s most iconic pubs.
Six months after it closed, the Three Crowns on Huddersfield Road at Scouthead is again welcoming customers.
“Everyone has been really supportive and so far it has gone better than we thought,” said David, along with partner Holly Neal, one of Saddleworth’s youngest, if not youngest, landlords
“We have had lots of support not just from old customers but from everyone.
“They are all glad it has re-opened and not been turned into houses.
“There were one or two teething problems and there is a little bit of fine tuning to do here and there. But we’ve had a fantastic response so we are really pleased.”
Only legally able to buy a pint four years ago, the 22-year-old Greenfield butcher has taken over the Three Crowns from Ray Hicks and Sue who left in May.
“I have always wanted to run my own pub,” added David who has also just celebrated the first anniversary since taking over of a butchery and bakery business on Chew Valley Road.
“So, when this opportunity came up I was keen to pursue it.”
David’s initially targeted the Clarence in Greenfield as a possible first entry into the pub trade.
Like the Three Crowns, it is part of the Enterprise Inns portfolio.
“But when I found out Jason (Worthington, landlord of the Royal George) was interested I decided to try for the Three Crowns.
“However, I have had a lot of third-party help from Jason. There is really no one better I could have asked. His advice has been invaluable.”
With David’s background in the meat trade and Holly’s greengrocery family links, the move into the pub business dovetails perfectly.
“With a lot of family and friends support, we feel we can make this business very successful and build it back up to where it should be,” he told the Independent.
“Our plan is to introduce a menu of good, tasty home cooked food at a competitive price.
“With my background, there will be a large range of steaks available.
“But we think the Three Crowns should provide something for everyone so there will be an extensive menu including vegetarian and vegan options.
David, who has worked in the hospitality and butchery business for six years, plans to introduce themed nights, special boards alongside a wide range of locally brewed ales, brand beers, lagers, wine and spirits.
“Our message to previous regulars and to potential new customers is please come and give us a try. There will be a warm, friendly welcome from everyone now associated with this new era for the Three Crowns.”