End of Chapter One as village pub closes
East Keswick's third pub, the Travellers Rest on Harewood Avenue is closed and up for sale. The inn has traded recently as Chapter One restaurant but a combination of the recession and less than favorable reports seemed to have sealed its demise.
The pub is said to appear on a map of 1640 and acquired its Travellers Rest name from being on a haulage road from Tadcaster up Wharfedale which later became the Otley and Tadcaster turnpike.Its earliest authenticated mention is its sale in 1771. It was a free house until 1934 when it was sold to Ramsdens Brewery and later acquired by Tetleys. The land opposite the inn used to contain the village bull pound.
The pub is in an idyllic location on the outskirts of the village alongside the A659 midway between Collingham and Harewood. Its first floor Wharfe View restaurant enjoys stunning views over the River Wharfe meadows. Its big problem is the same as its big advantage: a rural location so far from housing that it struggles to attract a 'local' drinking clientele, though plenty of pubs cope with this such as The Hunters Lodge between Pool and Weeton.
The pub is being offered for sale freehold through ColliersCRE with an asking price of £450,000. It is relatively rare that pubs are offered freehold. One of the main problems that landlords normally face is being tied to a pub company which dictates drinks and their purchase price. It remains to be seen if this frehold sale attracts interest in a pub which has extensive car parking and beer garden areas.