Experienced publican and chef, Craig Minto, has taken over at the Prune Park Lane pub, which has re-opened following a second refurbishment within the space of two years, and has seen around £300,000 invested in the premises.
Over the past ten years, Craig has built up a formidable reputation throughout West Yorkshire and beyond for his small but growing gastro pub company, Well Fed Pubs. The Bronte will be the seventh pub to join the group alongside well known names including the Fleece and the Craven Heifer at Addingham, the Gray Ox at Hartshead and the Phoenix in Leeds.
Craig has now set his sights on bringing the food offer at the Bronte up to the high standards he has established at his other pubs.
He said: “This part of Bradford really needs a good food pub and the Bronte will have a traditional menu focussing on a selection of quality meals that offer great value for money.”
Craig’s new venture at the Bronte, in partnership with pub operator Punch, is a welcome boost to his business after suffering a setback at the end of last year when the Fleece at Addingham was destroyed by fire in an arson attack.
Craig added: “The Fleece has a special place in my heart as it was my first pub and where it all started 15 years ago. The arson attack was a terrible blow but we are gradually re-building the business and having the Bronte to focus on has really helped.”
Senior Punch development manager Andy Brady said: “The Bronte is a pub with great potential and I’m delighted we’ve attracted a publican and chef of Craig’s calibre to take the helm. We are very much looking forward to supporting him with his ambitious plans for the future.”