2010 - change at village pubs
Major changes are in store at the two prime village pubs. One landlord is to move pubs, one is to leave and one pub is to have major investment and refurbishment.
(This article is from 2010) Dave - the landlord of the Old Star - is to take over at the Duke of Wellington from March 1. Mark, the previous landlord of the Old Star will take over there once more. Scott, the landlord of the Duke of Wellington, will leave from Sunday 28th February having been outbid for the tenancy.
The changes will come as a bitter disappointment to Scott who has been widely credited for taking The Duke from its closed situation to its present success through a number of initatives which saw the restaurant regain some of its former business. He ran world food nights, ramblers initatives, live music and special events at Bonfire Night in an attenpt to drive up custom.
The tenancy lease as the Duke was up for renewal and a competitve bid involving Dave from the Old Star was the winning tender. Dave and his village based financial backer have ambitious plans for the Duke, which remains the village's most prestigious inn. In late March the pub will close until May for major refurbishment which wil see its bar area transformed and reshaped. The pub will then aim to rebuild its former reputation as one of the leading dining destinations for North Leeds.