A Bradford city centre pub will reopen on Friday (31 January) with new managers at the helm.

Trey Daley and Lyndsey Jones have been recruited by Hawthorn Leisure to run The Boy & Barrel, which has been closed since December.

Hawthorn Leisure, which owns more than 700 community pubs across England, Scotland and Wales, has spent two-months and £65,000 improving the Westgate pub, and wanted experienced managers to take it on.

Trey and Lyndsey have run pubs across Bradford and West Yorkshire, and have created a buzz on social media platforms around Friday’s 12 noon reopening, which will feature free food, a DJ, and live entertainment.

A traditional city centre pub, The Boy & Barrel has a repainted exterior, while the bar area has been remodelled to open it up. There will also be an expanded draught beer range, including premium lagers, bitter and stout; cider; and a large selection of gins, rums and whiskies.

Known as a karaoke venue, that will continue to feature at the pub, and there will also be live entertainment. A loyalty card scheme will be introduced to repay customers’ allegiance to The Boy & Barrel.

Hawthorn Leisure managing director of operations Mark McGinty said: “This pub has a very loyal following, so we were keen to reopen it as soon as possible, and provide those customers – and new ones – with the sort of friendly, welcoming pub they deserve, and which they’ll want to keep coming back to.

“Trey and Lyndsey are both very strong characters, with the experience needed to run this pub, and we’re excited that they’re on board and already creating a buzz about the place. All Hawthorn Leisure’s knowledge and experience will be available to help them run a successful and sustainable business.”

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