Landlord calls time at Clarence pub

A FAMILY has called time on its tenure of one of Greenfield’s landmark pubs.

The Clarence Pub in Greenfield closes

The Clarence, at the junction of Manchester Road, Holmfirth Road and Chew Valley Road, is currently closed while new landlords are appointed.

Mel Robinson, 70, wife Ann, 67 and daughter, Michelle, have been in charge for four years.

Other family members also ran the Railway, also in Greenfield, before deciding to concentrate their efforts on the Clarence last year.

Mel was thrust into the media spotlight after a man’s body was found on a track leading to Chew Reservoir in December 2015.

He is believed to be the last person to see the mystery stranger alive after being asked directions ‘to the top of the mountain.’ The man never made it.

For 12 months, Oldham police officers searched the globe for the identity of the body they called Neil Dovestone. Eventually, they discovered the pensioner was Londoner, David Lytton.

When asked about he feels about his 15-minutes of fame, Mr Robinson shrugs and says: “I could have done without it.”

He now intends to ‘take things easy’ and admits ‘getting old’ contributed to his decision to leave the pub trade.

The agency in charge of finding a new landlord, Ei Publican Partnerships, says the Clarence will cost any new landlord £31,000 a year in rent but has a potential turnover of £401,000.

Regional manager Helen Brierley says: “The Clarence resides on the edge of the village and offers a real country ambience which attracts both regulars and visitors.

“The fantastic food and drink offer has been vital to the success of this pub and we are looking for an experienced food operator to enhance the already vibrant trade and make this a successful destination venue.”

A spokesperson for Ei added: “We can confirm that the Clarence Hotel, Greenfield, will be closed for a short period following the publican’s decision to leave.

“We are currently searching for a new operator to take on the site. If anyone is interested in this exciting opportunity, or want further information, please call our recruitment hotline on Tel: 03333 200036.”

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