New owner sails in to the Barge and Barrel

All aboard: manager Andrew Firth, Eddie Geater and chef Angus Hay are ready for business
All aboard: manager Andrew Firth, Eddie Geater and chef Angus Hay are ready for business

A popular Elland pub has been given a new lease of life by an award-winning business man.

The Barge and Barrel in Park Road, Elland, has been taken over by pub supremo Eddie Geater after a £180,000 investment from Punch, the company that owns the pub.

Eddie is already landlord of the Black Bull in Brighouse and the award-winning Red Rooster at Brookfoot. He is now overseeing 17 pubs as part of his own business, Licensed Partnerships Ltd.

The business was started in 2009 and is dedicated to taking over pubs that are struggling, something Eddie takes great pride in. “I’ve got lots of experience of running pubs and really enjoy it,” Eddie said.

“I won pub of the year at the Red Rooster a few times so I like to think I know what I’m doing.”

“A lot of money has been invested in it and it’s in great condition to take over now.”

The pub will now serve unique real ales, brewed on site in its own micro-brewery, which Eddie says is the only growing market within the industry.

“We were looking for a site with real ale potential, where we could brew to our own award-winning recipes.

“The unique selling point will be that we will be selling beers brewed on site and not available elsewhere,” he said.

Top chef Angus Hay and real-ale expert Andrew Firth are on board at the Barge and Barrel, which will also sell food at lunchtime.

Angus said: “I’ve always wanted to do a pie carvery as an alternative to the standard version, especially since my recipes for the pies will include the real ales brewed on site.”