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25 October 2021

The Albert in Yeadon has closed for a £153,000 upgrade by Heineken-owned  

Star Pubs & Bars is creating the best sports bar in Yeadon.  It will reopen on 28th October in time for Halloween celebrations with new competitive pricing a further reason to celebrate. 

The large pub is configured to offer different options for drinkers and includes a sports room with pool and darts, a main bar and a snug. The revamp will see the pub redecorated throughout, toilets, tables and chairs upgraded, and new furnishings added.  There will also be a new audio-visual entertainment system for interactive games, quizzes and karaoke, a contactless pool table, six new large HDTVs (two 55 inches and four 45 inches) for showing sport and a halo darts board.  Sports enthusiasts have the option of watching different sports, such as rugby and football, screened simultaneously on different screens.   

Outside there will be new signage and lighting and benches will be installed in the courtyard garden increasing seating options for drinkers. 

Drinks wise, when The Albert reopens, there will be flavoured gins available, an increased wine selection, and a wider range of spirits.  A Smart Dispense system, which produces consistent superior quality draught beer and cider whilst reducing waste, water and energy consumption is also being installed as part of the pub upgrade along with a new coffee machine. 

The Albert has been taken on by Gillian Butler, the pub’s manager for the last two and a half years.  Before moving into hospitality she had spent 28 years in the care industry, working her way up from carer to a senior manager for a care company overseeing five nursing homes. In the end she found the 24/7 demands of the job too stressful.  Although running her own pub business wasn’t in her original game plan, Gillian’s love of her job these last couple of years, the pub and the Yeadon community led her to leap at the opportunity when the pub became available. 

Gillian says: “When I moved to Yeadon, even though I am not from around here, I was made to feel so welcome.  It was like I’d lived here forever.  I have made some great friends and love the atmosphere at The Albert and so don’t want to be anywhere else.  Taking on a pub is a challenge, but I have had experience running the pub and more recently some great training and support and so feel ready for this next adventure. 

“We have many regulars and are a massive Leeds United supporters pub.  The changes to the décor and drinks range will broaden the pub’s appeal, attracting more women and couples. I am also looking for darts teams for The Albert so do get in contact.” 

Star Pubs & Bars Business Development Manager, Jon Kelly says:  

“We’re delighted that Gillian has taken on The Albert and that we’re investing in it to improve the pub for customers.  The combination of improved surroundings, better sports equipment and Gillian at the helm together with competitively priced drinks will I hope be a cause for celebration in Yeadon.  Christmas has come early!”  

The refurbishment at The Albert is part of a £38m investment that Star Pubs & Bars is making in more than 700 pubs in 2021.