Lewin’s pub is back in business and now boasts the tallest and smallest bartenders in town.
At a towering 6ft 9ins, manager Mark Davey is head and shoulders above his staff – inclusing bar supervisor Helen Cook at just 4ft 11ins.
Castleford-born Mark said his size was an obvious topic of conversation and an ice-breaker as he gets to know customers.
“I’m used to it. I was 2-ft long when I was born,” said Mark, 35.
“I’ve heard them all. Do I play basketball? Am I related to footballer Peter Crouch, who is only 6ft 7ins.”
The pub at Bull Green, Halifax, dates from the 1760s and Mark, who moved in at the end of last month, has found its nooks and crannies can be troublesome.
“It can be painful. I have banged my head I don’t know how many times,” he said.
“The cellar is the worst place at only 5ft high where I’m bent over double changing barrels.”
Helen, 25, has known Mark for a few years and both used to work at different pubs in Keighley. “We have a bit of banter and at least I can stand up in the cellar!” she said.
The staff work for Pub Solutions which leases the pub from Enterprise Inns and it has been modelled on a traditional ale house.
Mark said while it was now a traditional pub with real ales he would not be taking the pub back to its 20th century traditional roots.
When beer was in short supply during the First World War women were banned from the pub – and it remained men-only until 1969.
“I’ve seen the women in Halifax. I daren’t bar them!” he joked.