Friday, July 16, 2010

Rat & Ratchet Update

News has come to 'A Swift One' that there is soon to be a change at the Rat & Ratchet. Sam Birkhead (pictured), manager of the Ossett Brewery pub, is leaving for pastures new at the end of the month and his replacement will be Rob Allen, currently at the Shepherds Boy in Dewsbury.

Rob is well known at the Rat, having previously been barman and chef there before his move to Dewsbury, and is easily identifiable by his hat and ponytail. We have high hopes that he will continue running the pub in the same vein as Sam and that it will go from strength to strength.

It is a shame that Ossett is losing such a dedicated manager as Sam who has always tried to think outside the box with his commitment to the mild festival in May and his introduction of real cider to the pub. His stewardship has seen the Rat pick up seven awards from local & regional CAMRA in a little under three years - a quite remarkable achievement. We wish him well for the future.

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