DAVID Harrop was only legally able to buy a pint from a pub four years ago.
Now entrepreneurial David is poised to become one of Saddleworth’s youngest landlords – if not the youngest.
At just 22, the Greenfield butcher has secured the tenancy of the iconic Three Crowns on Huddersfield Road at Scouthead.
The former award winning hostelry has been empty since May when, after 40 years, Ray Hicks and wife Sue retired from the licensing trade.
On Friday, November 23 at 5pm, the Three Crowns will re-open to an exciting new future with David and partner Holly Neal at the helm.
They’ve already secured the service of a head chef and have 20 staff ready, trained and waiting to serve customers old and new.
“I’m very excited and can’t wait,” said David who next month celebrates the first anniversary of opening his butchery and bakery business on Chew Valley Road.
“I wish it could happen sooner but we are just putting the finishing touches to make sure everything is right.
“I have always wanted to run my own pub and 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,” admitted David.
“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,” he said.
“There will be a warm, friendly welcome from everyone now associated with this new era for the Three Crowns.”
• Visit The Three Crowns on Huddersfield Road, Scouthead or find them on Facebook.