Historic Leeds pub faces uncertain future

The Owl pub at Rodley, Leeds.

The Owl pub at Rodley, Leeds.

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A family are calling time on a Leeds pub which they have helped to become a community hub over the last six years.

Gina Howard and her family have decided to leave The Owl at Rodley after ongoing disputes with the company that owns the building.

The family claim there have been a number of wrangles with Enterprise Inns including issues surrounding rent and tie-free beer lines.

Now the family are trying a last ditch attempt in a bid to save the pub, which has helped to raise thousands of pounds for the local community through the annual Rodley Beer and Music Festival.

They claim that the pub has become a hub for community and support local groups including Rodley Cricket Club, Rodley Rockets rugby club and Rodley Women’s Institute.

Gina’s son Steven said that the family’s decision to leave has been a hard one to make and they are set to leave the premises on June 3.

He said: “I think it will leave quite a void in the area.

“This is actually about more than just the money.

“It’s about the community that have become reliant on this place over the last five or six years.”

The move will also see 25 staff redundancies at the pub, which will stop serving food next week.

Local MPs Stuart Andrew, Greg Mulholland and Rachel Reeves have also joined forces to support The Owl at Rodley.

Ms Reeves said: “I will do all I can to make sure that the pub continues to be a central part of Rodley’s community.”

A spokeswoman from Enterprise Inns was unavailable for comment when contacted by the Yorkshire Evening Post.

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