Bertie’s bought by La Cachette

New owner of Berties, Elland, Jonathan Nichols.
New owner of Berties, Elland, Jonathan Nichols.

Bertie’s Banqueting Rooms and Outside Catering has been sold to its neighbour La Cachette.

The business will now expand further into the functions trade specialising in high quality events and all existing bookings will go ahead as normal.

Jonathan Nichols, proprietor of La Cachette said: “This is an ideal fit.

“We bought Bertie’s Supper Rooms 10 years ago so all we have to do is unlock the interconnecting door as it was all one building originally.

“We are literally ready to go and all existing bookings will go ahead as normal - in fact with an extra bit of flair, we hope.”

A buyer had been sought for Bertie’s after the death of Nigel Denham, who was chairman and owner of the business since 2008.

He had bought the business from the founder Brett Woodward and he said: “I am delighted that after such a sad and difficult time following Nigel’s death, Bertie’s is now in safe hands once again.

“La Cachette and Bertie’s have been friends for many years so I wish them all good fortune for the future.”

Bertie’s tonight hosts an evening with former football stars Neil “Razor” Ruddock and Bryan Robson.

A major event next month is on Saturday, July 6, when Bertie’s hosts a “Cauldwell Children Summer Ball” which will raise money for Destination Dreams. There will be a sparkling reception, three course dinner and entertainment. Tickets (£35). Contact

Building on

a fine history

of hospitality

Brett Woodward created Bertie’s Bistro in 1977 and it became the fashionable place to be seen and to eat.

It was followed by Bertie’s Bellicatessen, a specialist food emporium and outside catering business and Bertie’s Cafe Bar, both businesses being in an old bank opposite Elland Church.

Bertie’s Banqueting Rooms was a conversion of The Providence Chapel and when it opened in 1988 it became the venue for many varied celebrations and events.

La Cachette was started in 1995 by Robert Chamberlain in the original premises of Bertie’s Bistro in the Town Hall Buildings in Elland and has been based in the town ever since.