Carpet magnate to revive village pub

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A Gomersal pub that has been closed for several months could re-open in time for Christmas.

The Saw in Spen Lane has been bought by Mike Smith – of Mike’s Carpets fame – and he plans to renovate the building.

The pub closed several months ago and Mr Smith, who owns several pubs in West Yorkshire, has this week finalised the paperwork to buy the pub from Punch Taverns.

Mr Smith spoke to the Spenborough Guardian about his latest venture: “We completed the purchase from the company earlier this week.

“We want to reopen the premises as a pub and restaurant. Although I think it would be unfair to disclose who the licensees are, we are hoping to open before Christmas.”

The pub – which was formerly the Old Saw, was reopened in 2005 after a £250,000 makeover and name change, but it closed its doors earlier this year.

The future is less certain for the Stafford Arms, at Hartshead Moor Top, which closed last weekend.

The company which owns the Stafford Arms, Spirit Pubs, was unavailable to comment on the future of the pub before the Guardian went to press.

According to statistics from the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), pubs are shutting down in Britain at a rate of 12 a week.

The UK now has more than 10,000 fewer pubs than in 2002.