Bar and food outlet to open after £1m investment

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A new bar and food outlet is opening in Haworth on 21 May after a £1m investment by the two locally based businessmen who own it.

The Treehouse Bar and Kitchen will bring a modern, city centre, customer experience to the historic village near Keighley, where Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte wrote most of their popular novels in the 19th century.

Between 20 and 30 full or part-time jobs are being created at the venue, on the former site of Chaplin’s Bistro, in Oak Street, for which recruitment is currently under way.

The Treehouse represents the initial venture into the hospitality sector by its owners, brothers Frank and Rob Stott, based in Burley-in-Wharfedale and Bingley respectively.

The entrepreneurs’ existing companies include Stott Decorating Contractors and Stott Building Contractors.

Since buying the almost 3,000 sq ft property two years ago, the Stott brothers have overseen its complete refurbishment and modernisation, internally and externally, featuring materials such as reclaimed timber and cedar wood.

The Treehouse operation will be managed by experienced hospitality industry professional Benjamin Comstive.

He has joined from the Potting Shed Bar and Gardens group, which he helped to found in Bingley and now has sites in Guiseley, Beverley and Northallerton too.

Comstive said: “There’s no venue quite like the Treehouse in the Haworth area at present, as most of our competitors are much more traditional in their approaches.

“We plan to be open day and night, seven days a week, with our menu containing pizzas, burgers, craft beers, cocktails and much more.

“Among other features, our building will include a public area at ground level, plus a basement that can be booked for private parties and other events, as well as an outdoor terrace overlooking Haworth Beck.

“It will also offer live sport, shown across 10 screens throughout the venue.

“The Government’s anti-Covid-19 measures meant pubs and restaurants couldn’t admit indoor customers in recent months, a ban which delayed our opening plans.

“But Prime Minister Boris Johnson then confirmed the prohibition would end on 17 May, so we’ll be ready to open on Friday 21 May and are really excited at the prospect.”