Castleford pub that’s a shrine to Tetley’s brewery

Dave Parker, aka Tetley Dave, at his pub.
Dave Parker, aka Tetley Dave, at his pub.
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A TETLEY’S-mad pub landlord has brewed his own memorial to the famous Leeds firm.

Dave Parker, 65, who is known locally as Tetley Dave, runs The Shoulder of Mutton, in Methley Road, Castleford.

The boozer is part pub, part shrine, with around 100 pieces of memorabilia adorning the drinking hole.

Complete with a small trilby and Tetley’s badge, Dave is a proud former drayman of seven years at the soon-to-be closed Tetley’s Brewery, in Hunslet, Leeds.

He said: “It’s the end of an era. It’s so important to keep Leeds’s heritage here. I suppose I am a bit of an old stick in the mud in that respect.

“Our heritage is disappearing all over the place.”

Tetley Dave has everything from original stained glass windows, which he had restored by Leeds University, to invoices for malt and hops from Joshua Tetley himself going back hundreds of years.

Dave said: “It’s like stepping back in time, even down to the beer mats – when I left the brewery I had thousands of them and they all go back to the 1960s and 70s.”

And Tetley’s is very much in the family, with around 65 years of collective brewery service running through the firm.

Dave’s two sons and son-in-law have all worked at the famous brewery.

He added: “It is an upsetting time for everyone.

“Things will progress as long as the beer keeps as it is.

“Sometimes you get a bad brew but that happens to everybody and I don’t think the taste has changed at all.”

The pub is the last remaining old Tetley’s house in the town.

Castleford’s other original Tetley’s houses are no longer pubs, having been turned into everything from veterinary surgeries to motorbike shops. One is even boarded up.

The Shoulder of Mutton started life as a farmstead in 1692 and became a beer house in 1853, with its first licensee being the local blacksmith.

Margaret Parker, 65, has run the pub with husband, Dave, for 14 years.

She said: “Tetley’s means a lot to us, my son got me a big Tetley’s mirror with shire horses on it and it’s my pride and joy.

“I love the firm but I’m not quite as bad as Dave.”

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