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Manager of the Month winner bucks trend by turning house into sports pub

Micropub The New Line has become an important part of the Greengates community

Pubs being converted into houses has been an all too familiar sight in recent years.

Analysis by property adviser the Altus Group suggests as many as 38 pubs a month closed last year, continuing a trend that has been evident since the start of the century.

However, our latest BT Manager of the Month Winner likes to do things differently – and has turned a former home into a sports-led micropub.

Paul Taylor, a Bradford-based builder by trade, bought the two-bedroom Victorian house in the Greengates area three years ago, with plans to do it up and turn it into a bedsit.

However, after conversations with friends and family he instead opted to renovate the building into a brand new pub – The New Line.

The pub now comprises a downstairs bar and an upstairs area that can seat around 30 people. The venue is also available for private hire.

Paul explains: “We thought we would do something different and put something back in the community. We customised various bits and renovated it throughout. Once we got the licence we really got going and did the majority of the work in three months.

“My father, Richard Taylor, used to be a relief manager in the licensed trade. He was about to retire and he jumped at the chance to take it on. He did it for a year and made it a success, but in the end it got so busy it got too much for him.”

Paul now runs the business with his pub manager Mark Faulkner. One of the areas they have focused on is live sport. 

Paul Taylor (right) and Mark Faulkner with the MOTM trophy

 

“We like BT, especially the European games. The midweek nights that used to be a bit quiet got a lot of interest when we were showing the games and we’ve never looked back.

“It’s mainly football but we get people coming in for rugby and we’ve had people in for the Moto GP as well.

“The standard of the HD channels is second to none and BT Sport works really well for us.”

The pub also makes the most of the free Point of Sale and social assets that they receive as part of their subscription.

The links with sport extend beyond those big European nights to supporting a local football team.

Paul continues:

We sponsor the team and they come in here afterwards, week in, week out. They have their presentation night here. They support us and the relationship works both ways. They’re a really good set of lads.

And the team got to live out their football dreams this year as part of the BT Sport Pub Cup. They triumphed in our Northern Semi-Finals day at Manchester City’s Etihad Campus to win the chance to play in the final at Wembley.

And although they were defeated in the final by Brighton pub The Victoria, it was an experience that they will never forget. 

“We were so proud of what they did. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity and even though they lost they were celebrating afterwards,” continues Paul.

“The publicity they got was great and there has been so much interest in the team and how they are getting on.”

Paul recently had a celebration at the pub to mark the team’s success, which he coincided with a big night of Champions League football.

The New Line football team are regular guests at the pub

 

Soon customers will be able to watch the action on an even bigger screen with the pub set to invest the £1,000 BT shop voucher it won as part of the MOTM prize on a televisual upgrade.

“It’s overwhelming to win really. I don’t want to take away from Mark’s work because he is the manager and I am the owner but it is great to be recognised and to have more out there about the New Line.” 

With the New Line starting to return to pre-pandemic levels of trade, Paul and his team are thinking about new projects.

Plans are afoot to convert a house in Howarth into a coffee shop and there could well be a second pub at some stage.

“There could well be a New Line II,” says Mark.

And that’s a sequel that many in West Yorkshire would love to see.

 

  • Paul joins the likes of Xhemail Zequiri of the Jolly Anglers in Reading in landing the much coveted award. Do you, or do you know someone who deserves to be considered for a BT Sport Manager of the Month award? Let us know why on Twitter by tagging in @BTSportBars and using  the hashtag #BTMOTM.

 

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