At one time The Bay Horse in Lindley was not for the faint-hearted.
Even popping in for a quick half while you waited for your Chinese takeaway from across the road seemed a risk too far.
And a YorkshireLive reporter vividly remembers how a former manager told him he had put the keys through the door one Saturday night because “he couldn’t face breaking up any more fights.”
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New landlady Mandina Draper recalls how on one occasion after she and partner Glenn Binger had taken over she found “people running around with ‘jungle knives’ before Glenn, a former Seacroft rugby player, chased them out.
Fortunately, those days are now a distant memory and the couple have transformed the hostelry beyond recognition.
It might seem a small detail but it was Glenn’s stroke of genius to swap the Gents and Ladies around so he could control events more precisely.
Glenn, a former sheet metal worker, who is steeped in the pub trade, has clear ideas on how the pub should go forward and its name is due to be changed to The Bay and Acre Bar (it’s situated on Acre Street).
The former tap room is now almost Jane Austen-like in its sedateness with no football on the TV and it’s no exaggeration to say it is one of the classiest pubs around Huddersfield.
Glenn says he has got rid of everything that could create trouble starting with dispensing with the jukebox – customers would typically keep asking for the music to be made that little bit louder.
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The dart table and pool table were next and Mandina has even had the Guinness signs taken out of the beer garden as they are not classy enough for her tastes.
The 53-year-old says: “We are getting really nice people in now. We don’t have 30 lads jumping around with bottles of lager.
“The people who have complained are the ones we don’t want in.”
And she has plans to serve food – tapas and pizza in the future.
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