New jobs for town as troubled Yeadon pub re-opens

Craig Smith, new manager of Weatherspoon's The Clothiers

Craig Smith, new manager of Weatherspoon’s The Clothiers

by Jon Cronshaw

FORTY new jobs are to be created in Yeadon as The Clothiers starts serving again on May 7.

The pub on Yeadon High Street is set to re-open as part of the JD Wetherspoon chain of pubs, bringing 40 new jobs to the area.

Before its closure, The Clothiers had an unsavoury reputation in the local area. But with a complete redevelopment and new pub manager Craig Smith, it is hoped that the pub will be more welcoming to families.

Mr Smith, 43, said: “The pub’s reputation took a real pounding towards the end of its life. It got known locally for the wrong things – that’s not going to happen again. We want to make sure that it’s a family-friendly environment.  I know it was a great pub in the past,and I know it will be again.”

Local shopkeepers and pub landlords believe that the re-opening of The Clothiers will provide a much-needed boost to the local area. Landlady of the Crown Inn, Sarah Tiffin, 45, said: “Anything that brings more people into the centre of Yeadon is good news. We’re really pleased, it should give a real boost to the High Street.”

As well as creating jobs, it is hoped that the pub will also boost the wider economy by featuring beers from local independent breweries.

Mr Smith said: “We’re going to be celebrating local breweries. So from

our first week we’re going to have an event Leeds Brewery on Wednesday
night where you get to meet the brewer. And the week after we’ll be
doing the same thing with the Wharfedale brewery.”
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