The village pub was sold by retiring owner Ian Sinclair, who ran the well-established pub together with his daughter for the past five years. Ian is now looking forward to a well-earned retirement in order to spend more time with his family.
Linda, an experienced operator who was previously at Scottish and Newcastle Retail before launching Linda’s Inns in 2017, said that the Duke of York will mirror the operation of her first pub, the Murgatroyd Arms at Skircoat Green, Halifax, which was acquired in 2018, where the premiumisation of the offer has seen sales triple.
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Linda’s Inns will carry out a cosmetic refurbishment prior to reopening the Duke of York in early August.
“We are really excited to add The Duke to our growing portfolio and plan to grow to 15 pubs in the coming years. All will be traditional village pubs at the heart of the community serving good food, great local beers and premium wines and spirits”, Linda commented.
Nick Thomas, negotiator at Fleurets Leeds, said: “The Duke of York is a traditional village pub well established within the local community for a number of years and it was important we found a new owners whose values and vision aligned with it. I am delighted that we have found such an experienced operator to take over the reins and continue with the Duke of York being the centre of the local community”.