The couple transforming a fearsome pub with a reputation into one of the classiest in Huddersfield

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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

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What is the oldest pub in England?

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THE English pub is often said to be at the heart of every local community and some have been in existence for well over 1,000 years – if you believe the stories.

While the claim to be England’s oldest pub has been lost in the mists of time these inns are well worth stopping off at for a pint or two.

The Old Ferry Boat Inn claims to have been serving alcohol since 560 AD

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The Old Ferry Boat Inn claims to have been serving alcohol since 560 ADCredit: Greene King Inns

What is the oldest pub in England?

In short, no one knows for sure although it seems there are two

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The Lechlade pub that banned shots and faced an unexploded grenade

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In the last two months, the new manager of The Riverside in Lechlade has launched a pizza locker, made the decision to ban shots and had to evacuate because of an unexploded grenade.

After running pubs around the area, Gareth Chapman took over the Riverside on April 1 and says it’s ‘the best pub I’ve ever worked in’.

He says: “It’s absolutely beautiful in Lechlade, waking up in the morning and walking along the river are the best mornings.

“It’s a tourist hotspot, so as soon as the sun comes out every table is taken. It’s the first time in

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Martin Ward admits two attacks near The Grenadier pub, Hove

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A THUG launched a vicious attack on a man who tried to stop him battering his wife in a drunken street rampage.

CCTV at The Grenadier in Hangleton showed Martin Ward attacking his spouse after they disagreed about going home after a night out.

His wife asked passerby Francesco Asturaro for help and said she was being attacked by him.

Ward then knocked her to the ground by punching her in the back of the head.

The shocking footage then shows Ward and his wife turn on Mr Asturaro and Mirima Millar.

Mr Asturaro was knocked to the floor and

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Why Bishop Auckland pub is returning to its former name

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A PUB rich in history has been reverted to its past name to reconnect it with its roots.

Sportsmans Inn, in Bishop Auckland, has kicked back to its previous name, and owner Christian Burns said that he’s excited to bring the old name back to life once again.

The pub has been open for serving with outside seating in adherence with the Covid guidelines, and now Mr Burns said he can’t wait to have people seated inside after all this time once again.

Mr Burns, who has owned the site since 2016, said: “I’m over the moon. I know people

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Owner of Smiths Arms, near Chester-le-Street, says plans to buy pub ‘not realistic’

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A PUB owner who hoped to turn his disused hostelry into family home has said plans to reopen it under community ownership are unrealistic.

The Smiths Arms, near Chester-le-Street, has been closed since October, and Kevin Brown, who has owned the building since 2015, has been trying to generate interest to keep it open as a community pub.

But he said the current climate in the hospitality industry, exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic, mean it is just not profitable to run.

Mr Brown applied to Durham County County for permission to turn the building at Castle Dene into a residential

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